Delta reigns supreme among other airlines for all the different ways you can rack up extra SkyMiles beyond flying: from buying coffee or dining out to taking rideshares, renting cars, and more. But as of next month, frequent flyers will no longer earn SkyMiles on their grocery deliveries.
Less than two years after it launched, Delta is ending its partnership with Instacart as of Nov. 10, the airline said in an email to SkyMiles members this week. The short-lived partnership began in early 2022, allowing SkyMiles members who linked their Delta and Instacart accounts to earn 1 SkyMile for every $1 spent with the grocery delivery service. Travelers with Delta Medallion Status could even get a few free months of Instacart+ membership.
The two companies have also shut down the ability to link your SkyMiles and Instacart account, so only existing members will be able to earn SkyMiles on Instacart orders through Nov. 10.
Instacart has garnered lots of attention over the last few years as an alternative to traditional grocery shopping – especially as the pandemic brought grocery delivery to the forefront. With Instacart, consumers shop for their groceries at a growing list of available stores, and a shopper heads to the store, shops, and then delivers the order to your front door.
It's not a ton of SkyMiles, but depending on how much you spend on groceries, it was one of the more lucrative ways to earn bonus SkyMiles on spending you were likely already doing. And much like Delta's partnerships with Lyft, Turo, and Starbucks work, you'd get those bonus miles in addition to any points and miles you'll earn from the credit card you use to pay for Instacart.
Chase and Instacart launched their own partnership last year, offering both Sapphire and Freedom cardholders offering free Instacart+ membership grocery delivery service for up to 12 months – and up to $15 of monthly credits to use on the platform through July 2024.