Which Points Can Be Transferred Into Delta SkyMiles?
Thrifty Traveler reader Troy asked us on Facebook:
What’s the best credit card that has a mileage transfer option to Delta SkyMiles? Does one even exist?
Great question Troy. You have two options when transferring points to Delta:
1. Transfer from the Marriott Rewards Program
2. Transfer from the American Express Membership Rewards Program
Transfer from Marriott Rewards Program
The first option for transfers to SkyMiles is through the Marriott Rewards Program (formerly SPG). You can transfer points at a 3:1 ratio to over 40 airlines. For every 60,000 Marriott Rewards points you transfer to an airline, you will receive an additional 15,000 points to transfer.
This means, for example, if you were to transfer 60,000 Marriott Rewards points into Delta SkyMiles, you would receive 75,000 Marriott Rewards points which would go into your Delta account as 25,000 SkyMiles.
Thrifty Tip #1: See our full guide on How to Transfer Marriott Rewards Points to Partner Airlines.
Thrifty Tip #2: To get started transferring your Marriott Rewards Points into airline transfer partners visit this link.
Transfer from the American Express Membership Rewards Program
The American Express Membership Rewards (MR) program also allows transfers to Delta SkyMiles on a 1:1 ratio. They do tack on a small fee of 0.06 cents per point. Paying a fee to transfer is no fun but I wouldn’t let it stop you from making the transfer.
You can earn American Express Membership Rewards points from a number of cards including the following.
We love the American Express Platinum card. It starts with a 60,000 point welcome bonus, but be sure to check and see if you qualify for a 100,000-point bonus. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Plus, the card comes with an unbeatable suite of perks for the frequent traveler, including lounge access. It also comes with $400 in annual credits for airfare and Uber and free Global Entry or TSA PreCheck. The 5x points you get on airfare purchases is unrivaled in the world of miles and points, justifying the card’s $550 annual fee. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
There’s also the American Express Gold card, which currently has a 25,000-point welcome bonus. It also offers 4x Membership Rewards points at both restaurants and grocery stores.. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Thrifty Tip #2: The MR program charges a fee of 0.06 cents per point up to a maximum of $99 when you transfer points from the American Express Membership Rewards points to any US airline. It’s not huge but it is important to understand the fees involved before you transfer.
Marriott Rewards and Amex Membership Rewards points can be transferred into Delta SkyMiles. I recommend both the Marriott/SPG cards and the AmEx cards that earn Membership Rewards.
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