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)