Delta has a pretty cool promotion from April 22 to June 22, whereby you can earn thousands of bonus miles for partner activity. The best reward is 25,000 bonus miles for 25 partner transactions, with the low end being 4,000 bonus miles for four partner transactions. Not surprisingly, Northwest has the same promotion.
While I like this promotion in theory, I just don’t see how I’ll benefit from this from a practical standpoint. Yes, it’s easy to deal with a few of their partners, but is it really worth the hassle? Beyond that, is it even a good deal at times? For example, one of Delta’s partners is Hilton. Yes, I’d essentially be earning 1,000 bonus miles, but Delta usually only offers 500 miles per stay, for a total of 1,500 miles. British Midland, on the other hand, has a promotion for 3,000 miles per night at Hilton properties.
Does anyone know of easier ways to bank some serious miles with this promotion?