Earn 50% Bonus SkyMiles For Select Partner Activity

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 a 50% bonus for all eligible hotel, car, and retail activity through September 30, 2018. In order to qualify, registration is required by 11:59PM ET on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, and it could take up to 60 days for bonus miles to post. You’re limited to earning up to 10,000 bonus miles with qualifying transactions, and only SkyMiles members with accounts registered in the US are eligible for the offer.

Eligible transactions include hotel stays, Airbnb stays, Lyft rides, car rental bookings, SkyMiles Cruise bookings, FTD and Vinesse purchases, SkyMiles Shopping and SkyMiles Dining.

Note the important terms regarding what type of transaction are eligible, and what type of transactions are excluded:

Eligibility of Transactions: Bonus will only be awarded on base miles and not on bonus miles. Eligible transactions include Base miles earned on Hotel stays, Airbnb stays, Lyft rides, car rental bookings, SkyMiles Cruises bookings, FTD and Vinesse purchases, SkyMiles Shopping US and SkyMiles Dining .Only accrual partner transactions with an activity date between July 21, 2018 and September 30, 2018 will be considered for bonuses. 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, Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental transactions, other mileage earning that are not related with hotel stays, Airbnb stays, Lyft rides, car rental bookings, SkyMiles Shopping US and SkyMiles Dining.  This offer cannot be combined with other public and private offers in market.

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 for bonuses. 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 1.5 miles per dollar spent
  • SkyMiles Shopping and SkyMiles Dining are great opportunities to earn bonus miles

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.

This is similar to a promotion that Delta offered back in March. The bad news is that this promotion only offers a 50% bonus, while the one in March offered a 100% bonus. The good news is that the offer in March was only for transactions with partners you hadn’t used in 2017, while this promotion is available even if you’ve used a partner before.

(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)


  1. Lucky: why do you mention not having participated in Shopping/Dining last year if that’s not a requirement this time around for the promotion?

    “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”

  2. @Sam, I have at least three reasons, the first is personal:
    1) I live in Atlanta and unless I want to fly on a Southwest sky buses or a 30 year old AA commuter jet it’s the choice for domestic travel
    2) Their on time record and practice of hiring and sharing profits with employees that, by US standards, give a darn
    3) Skymiles are really easy to collect in massive quantities which is good with the nearly constant devaluations

    Regarding #2, My wife has started flying AA ATL:DCA due to a corporate policy requiring her to select the lowest fare. She’s been delayed 10 of her last 12 flights.

  3. to Sam: Because you live in the Southeast, because you travel to DCA, LGA, SEA, because most airlines are not that much fun either.

  4. Of course @Sam Delta is the only airline that flies to my awesome mountain town. Now it’s usually quite a bit more convenient to drive from another city, but they do have flights!! AND I’ve been able to get some good deals with my sky miles. I am not a road warrior, but Delta just seems to be a cut above.

  5. So. I registered. I dont understand how this works. How does it know my airbnb account? Or lyft or any of those. How do they link transactions??

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