How to Use the Delta SkyMiles Shopping Portal to Earn Bonus SkyMiles
It is no secret that here at Thrifty Traveler, we are big fans of Delta and their SkyMiles loyalty program. Though Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, you can still find incredible value through their advertised and unadvertised SkyMiles flash sales.
When it comes to earning Delta SkyMiles, one of the most important things you can do is maximize every dollar you are already spending. One of our favorite ways to earn Delta SkyMiles is through the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal.
If you have a Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer account you will have access to the portal. This means you can earn bonus SkyMiles for shopping at hundreds of online retailers. Simply log in with your Delta SkyMiles login information. You will not need to create a separate login to use the portal. Simply visit the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal and select your retailer of choice to visit their website and earn bonus SkyMiles.
In this post, we will outline exactly how to use the portal to earn bonus SkyMiles for the shopping you are already doing.
How to Use the Delta SkyMiles Shopping Portal
Cashback Monitor allows you to search for any online retailer and will show you the cashback or points portals that you can earn a bonus at for shopping there. Since I also value Chase Ultimate Rewards and Ebates, Cashback Monitor is a great resource to help me maximize my bonus shopping portal points & miles.
As you can see below, Macy’s is currently offering 3 Delta SkyMiles per dollar spent when you use the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal. While the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal is currently offering more points, I chose to use the SkyMiles Shopping portal for the sake of creating this article.
As you can see above, many airlines have similar shopping portals. However, because I have Delta Medallion status and often fly with the airline, I will almost always prioritize the Delta SkyMiles shopping portal over other airlines.
Once I decided that I was going to use the SkyMiles Shopping Portal for my purchase at Macy’s, it was time to head to the shopping portal homepage.
Once on the Delta SkyMiles Shopping homepage, you can use the search bar at the top to find the retailer of your choosing.
However, you will see hundreds of retailers that offer bonus SkyMiles for using the SkyMiles Shopping portal. You can click on the “View all stores” button to browse all of the retailers that offer a bonus for using the portal.
Because I needed to make my purchase at Macy’s, I used the search bar mentioned above. As you can see below, Macy’s is currently offering 3 SkyMiles per dollar spent through the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal. The portal will even make you aware of current sale offers to take advantage of at your selected retailer.
3 SkyMiles per dollar spent is the same number we saw at CashBack Monitor in step 1. However, keep in mind that the bonus points offered are constantly changing. It is always a good idea to check CashBack Monitor first.
Once you’ve clicked on the “Shop Now” button, you will be given a disclaimer that lets you know you will be leaving the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal and that you will earn bonus SkyMiles as long as you complete the purchase at the merchant’s website.
Towards the bottom of the box, you will see the terms and conditions for the specific retailer. Typically this will inform you if there are any products that are not eligible to earn bonus SkyMiles. In the Macy’s example above, we see that the 3 SkyMiles per dollar spent will not qualify for purchases of gift cards. I didn’t see what I was looking to purchase listed so I was clear to purchase my item and earn my SkyMiles.
Once on the retailer’s website, you can do your shopping and checkout as you normally would. Although you have to have a Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer account to access the SkyMiles Shopping portal, there is no requirement for using a Delta co-branded credit card to complete the purchase. You are free to use any credit card of your choosing and you will earn the bonus SkyMiles.
I elected to use my American Express Blue Business Plus card as it earns 2x American Express Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent up to $50,000 annually. Click Here to learn more about the American Express Blue Business Plus Card.
A few days after completing your purchase, you will receive an email from Delta SkyMiles shopping confirming the bonus SkyMiles you earned from your purchase. In total, I spent $78 on a wedding gift at Macy’s. Because I earned 3 Delta SkyMiles per dollar by shopping through the portal, I earned 234 Delta SkyMiles for my purchase.
On top of that, I also earned 156 American Express Membership Rewards points by paying with my Amex Blue Business Plus card since it earns 2x points on all purchases.
Since you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points directly into your Delta SkyMiles account, I effectively earned 390 Delta SkyMiles for spending $78 at Macy’s. This is basically a 20% SkyMiles bonus per dollar spent just by making a few extra clicks and visiting the SkyMiles shopping portal before making my purchase.
There is no limit to how many Delta SkyMiles you can earn each year through the portal. By making a few extra clicks before heading to the retailer’s website, you can easily earn thousands of additional SkyMiles each year for shopping you are already doing. As mentioned above, the only requirement to utilize the portal is having a Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer account.
My approach to using the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal is simple. If I can buy something online through the portal and avoid a brick and mortar retail store while earning bonus SkyMiles in the process, it’s a no-brainer. I will always choose the extra miles, and you should too.
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