What’s up with all the Delta questions?
Wendy has Skymiles that are expiring soon. Delta is a little trickier than some other programs in that not all activity in an account is sufficient to extend the expiration date of that account. Skymiles rules say this:
Currently, miles will not expire as long as you participate in one of the following activities at least once every two years; mileage expires midnight Eastern time (-5 GMT), 24 months from the date of the last activity:
- Earn miles for travel on a qualifying Delta, Delta Shuttle®, SkyTeam, or other SkyMiles airline partner flights.
- Earn or redeem miles with one of the SkyMiles program partners including hotels, car rentals, Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express, international credit card partners, SkyMiles Dining & Hotels by Rewards NetworkSM, MilePoint.com, mortgage lenders, CAP magazine subscriptions, real estate, or telecommunications partners.
- Buy Miles here at delta.com or by calling the number on the back of your SkyMiles card.
- Redeem miles on Delta, Delta Shuttle, a SkyTeam partner, or another SkyMiles airline partner.
My advice to Wendy was to do at least one of the following five things to extend the expiration of her account:
1. Skymiles dining, sign up with one of your credit cards and then buy a meal or just a soda.
2. Sign up for a free points.com account, and choose 10 Delta Skymiles as your signup bonus. Those post almost instantly, or at least within 24 hours, and extend the life of your account.
3. Buy an iTune via the Skymiles mall. A $1 purchase will extend the life of your account.
4. Redeeming via Miles for Magazines extends the life of an account.
5. If you’re renting a car, you could credit the miles from the rental to Delta. Currently coupon MUAA039 gets 2010 Delta miles for a 2-day Avis rental, but any mileage credit will do. (Personally on 3-day rentals I like the 3000 US Airways miles offer right now.)
Of course, check to make sure that whatever transaction you do actually posts! And leave yourself enough time to make sure that it does, and make a second transaction ‘just in case’ to avoid the hassle of tracking down errant mileage credit and resurrecting the account.