Even for non-football fans, Washington residents have a good reason to root for the Seattle Seahawks on Sundays. And they'd better hope the offensive coordinator dials up some passing plays this year, too.
This year, Delta is bringing back its popular 12Status program for a sixth year, rewarding Washington-based flyers after each Seahawks game. For every passing yard the Seahawks get, 12Status members get 1 SkyMile. In 2020, the Seahawks recorded more than 4,200 passing yards, which dropped to just 3,815 yards in 2021 – the fifth-lowest mark in the league.
But that's still 3,815 free Delta SkyMiles you received without stepping on a plane or pulling out your credit card.
Delta and the Seahawks say 27,878 fans have joined the program this year, and close to 634,000,000 SkyMiles have been distributed to members of the 12Status program since its inception.
The SkyMiles earnings are just the beginning, too.
Delta is also offering 12Status members:
- Priority boarding in Main Cabin 1 when departing from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- 12% off purchases on the 12th of each month at the team's official Seahawks Pro Shop stores in Renton, Washington, and at Lumen Field.
- 12% off products during the season from Hyperice, the official recovery technology partner of the Seahawks.
You have to be a Washington resident to sign up, and your address must match the address on file with your SkyMiles account. That means there's no way for outsiders to cash in on this promotion. Flyers who registered in years past will have to sign up again for the 2022 season.
You can sign up on Delta's dedicated 12Status page. And you'll want to sign up now, as Delta won't retroactively award SkyMiles for past games.
Last year, Delta entered all 12Status members into a grand prize lottery to win roundtrip, first-class airfare to a Seahawks away game, but no such prize is offered in this year's version.
Delta is loud and proud about being the “official airline” of the Seahawks, and this is the sixth year of the 12Status program. It's all part of Delta's turf war with Alaska Airlines in Seattle (SEA), which Alaska Airlines calls home … but Delta calls a hub with more than 150 daily departures to more than 50 cities.
The two airlines are regularly at each others' throats with special promotions, fare wars between hub cities, and even launching new routes. When Delta started a bevy of new routes into Alaska last spring, Alaska Airlines responded by launching nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Anchorage (ANC) – a clear shot at one of Delta's core hubs.
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This is a fun promo for Washington residents and an easy way to earn Delta SkyMiles. While the outlook for the Seahawks offense is murky at best, you can't pass up free SkyMiles. If the last few seasons are any indicator, you can count on earning between 3,000 and 5,000 SkyMiles by signing up for the 12Status program.