We are big fans of Delta and its SkyMiles frequent flyer program. And we get that you are too.
When it comes to earning Delta SkyMiles – or any points and miles, for that matter – one of the most important things you can do is maximize every dollar you spend. One of our favorite ways to earn Delta SkyMiles is through the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal. This portal makes it easy to earn bonus miles for online shopping at hundreds of retailers at no additional cost.
If you have a Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer account you will have access to the portal. 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. You don’t even need to use a co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit card to make the purchase.
We’ll walk through 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
Before I make any purchase online, my first stop is always to visit cashbackmonitor.com. 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. There are a few other websites that will give you this same information, but I find Cashback Monitor is the easiest to use and their information always seems to be in real-time.
Read our full guide on using CashBack Monitor here.
As you can see below, eBags, our favorite online retailer of luggage and many travel accessories is currently offering a number of lucrative shopping portal bonuses. This includes 7x Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar or 6x Delta SkyMiles per dollar when you use the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal.
CashBack Monitor allows you to see the current portal bonus information quickly and easily and helps you make a decision on which one to use. For the sake of this post, I am choosing to use the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal.
Once I decided I was going to use the SkyMiles Shopping Portal for my purchase at eBags, it was time to head to the shopping portal. I can either click through directly from the CashBack monitor site or head to the SkyMiles shopping homepage.
Once on the Delta SkyMiles Shopping homepage, you can see the current eBags shopping portal bonus along with a number of additional sales that you can stack with the ability to earn 6x SkyMiles per dollar spent. This is all part of eBags’ Black Friday Sale.
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. You’ll be redirected there automatically so you won’t have to make any additional clicks.
And though we are using eBags for our example, there are literally hundreds of stores available through the SkyMiles shopping portal that allow you to earn additional miles for your shopping. You can visit and search for the full list of stores here.
Are All Purchases Eligible to Earn Bonus Miles Through SkyMiles Shopping?
While most purchases should be eligible to earn bonus SkyMiles, it’s always worth checking the terms and conditions to see if there are any exclusions. You can find these on each retailer-specific page in the SkyMiles shopping portal.
As you can see with eBags, orders deemed to be used for reselling purposes are not eligible. You are also not eligible to earn bonus miles for purchases of items from the following brands: Fujifilm, Samsung, Briggs & Riley. Gift cards, gift certificates, luggage locator services, or monogramming are also not eligible.
Making Your Purchase
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 co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit card to complete the purchase. You are free to use any credit card you want, and you’ll earn the bonus SkyMiles in addition to any points or miles you earn on the credit card you pay with.
I chose 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. And since Membership Rewards points can be transferred into Delta SkyMiles, I look at this as effectively earning 8x SkyMiles for every dollar I spend on eBags (for anything not excluded from the portal bonus). That’s a great deal.
Not to mention, my American Express Blue Business Plus Card had an Amex Offer to spend $125 or more at eBags and get $25 back. This can be stacked with the portal bonus!
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 gift at eBags. Because I earned 6 Delta SkyMiles per dollar by shopping through the portal, I earned 468 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 up to $50,000 each year.
Since you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points directly into your Delta SkyMiles account, I effectively earned 624 Delta SkyMiles for spending $78 at eBags. This is basically a 25% 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 likely already doing. As mentioned above, the only requirement to utilize the portal is having a Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer account. You don’t need to have or use a co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit card.
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.
And by using CashBack Monitor and installing the SkyMiles Shopping web browser plugin you can make it almost effortless.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.