30% Bonus on American Express Transfers to Delta

Through December 31, Delta is offering a 30% bonus on points transferred into a Skymiles account from American Express Membership Rewards.

This is not worth cleaning out your American Express Membership Rewards account for. Don’t dump your valuable Amex points into a less valuable Skymiles account unless you have a specific use for those Delta miles, and unless you’re certain there’s availability (and it’s possible to test that first, since Amex transfers to Delta are ‘live’ and show up in a Delta account instantly).

The other thing to bear in mind is that you’ll get the 30% bonus later, a week after the transfer takes place, so you won’t be able to use those points immediately to ticket an award.

My suggestion is to transfer the points you need for a given award, ticket it, and just view this as a bonus towards the next award. Or to top off an account with a small number of miles that you don’t need right away and incorporate the 30% towards the total you’re looking for.

But if you do plan to transfer Amex points to Delta, then you will definitely want to register for this bonus first.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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