Up to 150% Bonus for Delta Partner Activity Through December 31

Frugal Travel Guy has the lowdown on a huge Delta bonus offer: up to 150% bonus on partner activity through the end of the year

Base Miles Earned Bonus Total Miles
1,000-4,999 50% 1,500-7,498
5,000-9,999 100% 10,000-19,998
10,000 or more 150% 25,000 or more

Registration is required.

As Rick points out,

For example: 20K Starwood Points usually earns you 25K Delta miles. Make the transfer now and you’ll get 62.5K of Delta miles. That is the normal 25K plus the 150% bonus of 37.5K for a 62.5k total.

There’s a long list of participating partners, but not all partners are included, so definitely make sure whichever partner you’re contemplating is on the list. For example, I did consider transferring American Express Membership Rewards points but they aren’t listed. Hoewver, amazingly, the Skymiles co-branded American Express cards are. So are transfer partners like Diners Club. And plenty of shopping options as well.

I’m not a fan of Skymiles but with such bonuses I certainly am, I could even stomach higher redemption levels, and don’t forget that Delta miles can be redeemed on Singapore Airlines (although getting more than one seat on a single flight is tricky).

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  1. I would guess that it would. It’s partner activity with an eligible partner.

    But I haven’t signed up for a Delta Amex in so many years that I don’t know how the signup bonus posts compared to how monthly mileage earned posts.

    If they post differently then it’s possible that a signup bonus won’t be coded to trigger the bonus automatically, in which case it would be a fight to ultimately get. But I do think it SHOULD count….

  2. Thanks Gary. It seems like the other challenge is that the points (technically) only post 8-12 weeks after signing up for the card. That seems like a big gamble, and with this kind of a promotion I can imagine DL being especially slow with posting the bonus.

    Worth the risk, wise one?

  3. The fine print says “Miles earned for purchases using your domestic or international SkyMiles Credit Card”
    That sounds like it would not include the bonus for sign up.

  4. I’m with Gary: Skymiles are usually on the relatively worthless side. But transferring 20k SPG points to get 62,500 seems like a no-brainer (I’ll be transferring 100k SPG miles) — if you’re doing that, keep in mind that you can only transfer 27,000 SPG points per day.

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