Which Points Can Be Transferred Into Delta SkyMiles?
Thrifty Traveler reader Troy asked me on Facebook:
What’s the best credit card that has a mileage transfer options to SkyMiles? Does one even exist?
Great question Troy! You have two options when transferring points to Delta:
1 . Transfer from the Starwood Preferred Guest Program (SPG)
2. Transfer from the American Express Membership Rewards Program
Transfer from the Starwood Preferred Guest Program (SPG)
The single easiest way to transfer to SkyMiles besides the obvious Delta SkyMiles AmEx cards is the SPG AmEx card. You can transfer points 1:1 to over 30 airlines. There is also a 30k bonus offer until 9/14/15!
Thrifty Tip #1: The best part of SPG airline transfers is that for every 20k Starpoints you transfer, you receive a 5k bonus for FREE!
The other great thing is if you’re a Gold or Platinum SPG member you can connect your SPG hotel account with your Delta account to earn points for both programs. For example, when I fly Delta I receive SPG points in addition to the points I receive from Delta. The same goes with SkyMiles Medallion members. When you stay at SPG properties you earn Delta SkyMiles in addition to the SPG points!
Thrifty Tip #2: Make sure to sign up for SPG/Delta Crossover Rewards to earn points for both programs when flying Delta or when staying at SPG properties.
Transfer from the American Express Membership Rewards Program
The American Express Membership Rewards (MR) program also allows transfers from the MR program to Delta but 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 transferring. You can earn MRs from the Amex Gold and Platinum charge cards. They offer 50k, 75k, and 100k targeted offers in the mail and AmEx periodically offers online offers too. I will make sure to post if those offers become available. Keep watching Thrifty Traveler and subscribe to our newsletter and never miss out!
Thrifty Tip #3: 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 a huge fee but it’s still annoying.
SPG and Amex Membership Rewards points can be transferred into Delta SkyMiles. SPG points transfers are free and you receive 5k FREE miles when you transfer 20k points!
The AmEx Membership Rewards program is also solid but they do charge you a small fee to transfer to any US airline. I recommend both the SPG cards and the AmEx cards. There is no reason not to have both! Load up on as many sign-up bonuses as possible and start stacking your points!