Ameriprise offers 500 Delta Skymiles for an auto insurance quote. The miles tend to post quickly, and some reports are you can do this every six months.
The key in my mind is not to enter your social security number when requesting the quote. It’s optoinal on the form, and I’d just assume not have the inquiry show on my credit file (in truth it won’t appear as a request for credit, but 500 miles aren’t worth enough for me to mess with my credit report in any dimension).
Here’s the current Flyertalk discussion.
Incidentally, I also signed up for Skymiles Shopping, which Frugal Travel Guy assures will yield 250 points despite no mention of the miles on the Skymiles Shopping page. They are promoting signups, have sent out emails which ostensibly aren’t targeted, but I didn’t get one myself.
Still, 500 here and 250 there and eventually I’ll have my Singapore Airlines first class award — the one true value in the Delta program, even though with fuel surcharges and Delta’s other fees they’ll whack you with about $750 in charges.
I just hope that the Delta program will still have its Singapore relationship by the time I get around to using my miles this way, it’s a throwback to an old relationship where each airline took 5% stakes in each other years ago which I believe have long since been divested.