You want more Delta SkyMiles. We get it, and we’re here to help.
Beyond flying with Delta, there are some easy ways to rack up Delta SkyMiles directly. But you have more options.
You can’t transfer miles to Delta from other partner airlines like Virgin Atlantic, Air France or KLM. But you can use bank points and hotel points to boost your stash of Delta SkyMiles. Here’s how.
Transfer from Other SkyMiles Accounts
Let’s get straight to it. You can transfer miles between SkyMiles accounts. But you shouldn’t.
Like most airlines across the world, Delta charges a hefty fee to transfer SkyMiles between accounts – even spouses and relatives. Delta will charge you $0.01 per mile plus a $30 processing fee per transaction (plus applicable taxes). And you must transfer miles in allotments of 1,000 SkyMiles.
At that rate, transferring 30,000 SkyMiles to another user would cost you $330 ($300 for the miles and a $30 transaction fee). That rarely makes sense – especially when there are better options.
Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards Cards
Cards that earn American Express Membership Rewards can transfer these points to Delta SkyMiles on a 1:1 ratio.
It’s a bit confusing as they share similar names with the co-branded Delta Amex cards, but these standalone cards are much different. For starters, there’s the Platinum Card from American Express, which we love. It starts with a 60,000-point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months. But be sure to check and see if you qualify for a 100,000-point bonus.
Read our guide to transferring Amex Membership Rewards points.
While transferring all those points to Delta SkyMiles may not be the most valuable option, we ‘re still big fans – especially if you’re looking to book a deeply discounted SkyMiles flash sale. 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 will cover your application fee for 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.
Click Here to learn more about the Platinum Card from American Express
There’s also the American Express Gold card. It also offers 4x Membership Rewards points at both restaurants and U.S. supermarkets up to $25,000 each year (and then 1x) and other perks like a $100 annual airline fee credit. This is a great card to keep in your wallet, especially if you’re spending big on groceries or restaurants. The card carries a $250 annual fee and offers a 35,000-point welcome bonus after spending $4,000 within the first three months.
Click Here to learn more about the American Express Gold Card.
Finally, there’s the recently revamped American Express Green Card. With an annual fee of $150, it’s at a lower price point. But it still packs a punch with $100 credits toward an Away luggage purchase and another $100 toward annual CLEAR membership fees to skip the line at airport security. There’s a limited-time welcome bonus of 30,000 points after spending $2,000 within the first three months which ends on January 15, 2020.
Click Here to learn more about the American Express Green Card.
The one downside of transferring Amex points to Delta – or any U.S. airline – is that American Express tacks on a small fee of .06 cents per point, up to a maximum of $99. A transfer of 20,000 Membership Rewards points will cost you $12. It’s no fee to pay for your transfer, but don’t let that stop you – it’s a small price to pay.
Thrifty Tip #1: You can also transfer Amex points to another traveler’s SkyMiles account if you’ve added them to your account as an authorized user.
Transfer from Marriott Bonvoy
You can’t take miles from another airline and turn the into Delta SkyMiles. But if you’ve got hotel points, you’re in luck.
Marriott’s Bonvoy points program allows you to transfer points to more than 40 airlines, including Delta SkyMiles.
These points transfer on a 3:1 basis, so transferring 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points would get you 5,000 Delta SkyMiles. That might not sound like a great deal, but there’s a big bonus.
For every 60,000 Marriott points you transfer, the hotel chain will chip in another 15,000 points. That means transferring 60,000 hotel points would deposit 25,000 SkyMiles into your Delta account.
Thrifty Tip #2: See our full guide on how to transfer Marriott points to airlines.
Thrifty Tip #3: To get started transferring your Marriott Rewards Points into airline transfer partners visit this link.
Aside from flying Delta or racking up miles through their credit cards, there are some easy ways to transfer points into your Delta SkyMiles account.