Delta SkyMiles has just announced a new promotion that has the potential to be useful, though don’t get too excited.
Specifically, Delta is offering double SkyMiles on eligible transactions with new participating partners, between March 20 and May 31, 2018. They define a “new” partner as one you didn’t earn miles with in 2017 (so it’s a function of whether a partner is “new” to you, and not new to Delta).
Eligible transactions include hotel stays, Airbnb stays, Lyft rides, car rental bookings, SkyMiles Cruise bookings, FTD and Vinesse purchases, SkyMiles Shopping and SkyMiles Dining transactions. Registration is required to take advantage of the offer.
Initially when I saw this promotion I thought to myself that this could potentially be interesting for converting Starpoints or Marriott Rewards points to Delta SkyMiles, but then I looked more closely at the terms:
Eligible Transactions: Base miles earned on Hotel stays, Airbnb stays, Lyft rides, car rental bookings, SkyMiles Cruises bookings, FTD and Vinesse purchases, SkyMiles Shopping and SkyMiles Dining transactions. Only accrual partner transactions with an activity date between March 20, 2018 and May 31, 2018 will be considered for this bonus. Activity date is defined as the date of the transaction as reported by the partner regardless of the date the transaction is posted in the member’s account.
Excluded Transactions: Some transactions from eligible partners are excluded including and not limited to: miles earned from bonuses, events, transfer of partner currency to miles, Airbnb Host transactions and New Guest Bonuses, Hotel Vacation Club transactions, Partner voucher credits, other mileage earning that are not related with hotel stays, Airbnb stays, Lyft rides, car rental bookings, SkyMiles Shopping and SkyMiles Dining transactions.
As you can see, only base miles earned on hotel stays qualify, and not other types of hotel points transfers (like direct transfers from SPG, or Marriott’s Hotel + Air Packages). Furthermore, many types of bonuses aren’t eligible to be doubled. Still, there could be instances where you can earn some bonus miles through this promotion:
- SkyMiles members can earn one mile per dollar spent with Lyft, so through this promotion you can instead earn two miles
- SkyMiles Shopping and SkyMiles Dining are great opportunities to earn bonus miles, so if you haven’t participated in either last year, you could earn some extra miles this way
So this promotion probably won’t earn you tens of thousands of bonus miles, but rather just hundreds or maybe even thousands of bonus miles.
Every mile counts, so if you do have any eligible activity, there’s no reason not to take advantage of this offer.
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)