Delta SkyMiles Frequent Flyer Program Review

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Once considered by many business travelers to be the industry leader among frequent flier loyalty programs, Delta Skymiles has become a sad imitation of its former self. Though still versatile in the number of ways to earn points, the redemption process has so many restrictions and fees that the program is no longer as competitive as it once was.

Pros

  • Impressive airline partner alliances
  • Partnership with American Express

    Cons

    • Lack of available seats when trying to redeem
    • Difficult to upgrade
    • Award redemption fees are high

    Description

    • Rewards, loyalty, and travel incentive program.
    • Earn miles on your business travel and gain elite status and upgrades.
    • Turn earned points into free travel.

    Signing Up

    Signing up for Delta SkyMiles is easy: Simply go to the website and create a username and password. Delta will send you a welcome email that explains the program in detail.

    Earning Points

    From flying Delta and its many airline partners to credit card affiliations, SkyMiles offers several ways to accumulate points towards status and rewards. Miles are earned equally on all Delta options: Delta, Delta Shuttle, and Delta Connection. Each flight earns a minimum of 500 miles or mileage flown, whichever is greater.

    Delta's airline partners include Aeromexico, Air France, China Southern, GOL, Virgin Atlantic and more.These partners will accept your Delta SkyMiles number, making it easier to streamline your rewards.

    Delta SkyMiles can be earned through its credit card partner, American Express. Varying with special promotions, each dollar spent with a credit card partner will generally earn one SkyMiles point.

    Redeeming Points

    Booking rewards travel is a simple process, if seats are available! The number offered has been reduced, so be prepared with more than one travel itinerary.

    Rewards tickets start at 25,000 miles for a domestic ticket, but most trips will require 50,000 miles. Don't forget your credit card - there are fees for your "free" trip. 

    Shopping with your SkyMiles points is limited, and is only available to "Medallion" members, a special status category. Because of costs and reward limitations, the SkyMiles program is, overall, a disappointment. That said, if you are flexible with rewards travel, SkyMiles can work for you.