7 Easy Ways To Earn (and Spend) Delta Miles

Who knew Delta SkyMiles had so many amazing benefits? This is awesome!
3 minute read | 4/4/19April 4, 2019

When it comes to Delta SkyMiles, my mom always says, "If you live in Atlanta, you can earn Delta SkyMiles just by breathing."

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Delta dominates the Atlanta airport that she frequents the most, and I have to admit that mom's right about this (and not just because she's my mom). If you travel regularly on Delta, you're probably already earning Delta SkyMiles (or at least you should be!). Well if you're looking to pad your SkyMiles account without having to travel more, you're in luck! I'm going to share 7 super easy ways you can earn and spend Delta SkyMiles in the best way possible.

1. Get a SkyMiles credit card

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Delta offers six different credit cards from American Express including their Gold, Platinum, and Reserve cards for both business and personal users. My personal favorite is the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card which offers a free companion ticket each year that I can redeem for a round trip, domestic class flight. Free flight every year? Count me in.

2. Earn Membership Rewards points from American Express

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The Amex Membership Rewards program allows you to transfer miles to 17 different airline partners, including Delta. This is really cool because it maximizes the different carriers you can travel on. Better yet, some Amex cards allow you to earn bonus points with your Delta SkyMiles card. For example, the Amex EveryDay Preferred card allows your to earn 3x points at grocery stores and 2x points at gas stations and select department stores. That's pretty awesome!

3. Collect Starwood points

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Starwood points are part of Starwood's Preferred Guest program for Starwood Hotels (think Westin Hotels and Sheraton hotels). I know that's a lot of 'Starwoods' to keep straight but basically, this program allows you to transfer your points to miles to over 30 different airlines, including Delta. What's more, when you transfer 20,000 points at once, you'll also get a 5,000 point bonus. I love how generous they are with their points!

4. Use SkyMiles Dining and Shopping

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These two programs offer you SkyMiles for purchases you were going to make anyway. The SkyMiles dining program allows you to register your credit card and get extra miles when you use it at eligible restaurants. The beauty here is that after you register your card, you earn miles automatically when you pay your bill. So each month, I'm pleasantly surprised to see I've earned a few miles here or there without even really trying. The SkyMiles Shopping program works in a similar way and allows your to earn miles when you use their shopping portal to make purchases from featured retailers. Before I make a big purchase, I always check to see if I can earn double (or triple!) miles by shopping through the special shopping portal.

5. Redeem miles for international business class awards

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Hands down, the best value for your SkyMiles is when you use miles for business class international flights that would normally cost thousands of dollars. Flying business class is also really fun and makes you actually look forward to a long flight. Who would've thought that would ever happen? Also, when you stick to searching for awards on Delta's partners, you'll always get the best value.

6. Use your miles when you are far from home

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One of the ways I've been able to get the most value from my miles is to use them for travel within foreign countries. Americans tend to have the most miles, and the further away you go, the less demand there is for award seats. Combine that with the low prices in miles for partner flights, and there are some real bargains out there. So try using your SkyMiles to fly Aerolineas Argentina around South America, or Air France around Europe, and you'll be able to go pretty far on relatively few miles.

7. Order magazines

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Now I know you wouldn't think this would make sense, but sometimes it does. I recently ordered a subscription to People using my Delta SkyMiles as a gift for my cousin. This weekly magazine normally costs $134.46 per year, but I ordered it for just 2,200 SkyMiles, which works out to just over six cents per mile. As a rule, any time you're getting over two cents in value per mile, you're doing great, so this deal was downright fantastic and my cousin was very, very happy! Do you use Delta SkyMiles? Let me know in the comments section!

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