Quarterback Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks passing offense could help Washington residents pay for a flight this year or next, even if they never watch an NFL game this year.
This year, Delta is bringing back its popular 12Status program, rewarding Washington state-based flyers after each Seahawks game. For every passing yard the Seahawks get, 12Status members get 1 Delta SkyMile. Last year, the Seahawks recorded more than 4,200 passing yards, meaning Washington residents' SkyMiles accounts were blessed with more than 4,200 SkyMiles.
In the team's season opener Sunday, the Seahawks earned a measly 112 passing yards, but those are 112 SkyMiles you received without stepping on a plane or pulling out your credit card.
Delta and the Seahawks say more than 70,000 Seahawk fans have joined the program this year, and close to 5.5 billion total SkyMiles have been distributed to members of the 12Status program since its inception in 2016! Delta also said 12Status members have made more than 491,000 SkyMiles bookings to 700 different destinations.
The top destination for 12Status members? Las Vegas (LAS) of course!
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) until the end of the Seahawks 2023-2024 season.
- 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.
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 2023 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.
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.
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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.