For those of you who missed out on the Skymall promotion offering 25,000 Delta miles with every $500+ purchase, there still are some great opportunities to get those needed SkyMiles by transferring or purchasing miles with BIG bonuses. While these options will cost slightly more than the Skymall promotion, this can be a pretty lucritive bonus opportunity for those interested in redeeming miles for business and first class international flights.

Bonus on Transferring Delta Miles to Another Account – Overall best option!

  • Through December 16th, get a 100% bonus when transferring miles to another account. Unlike the previous bonus the recipient will be the one receiving the bonus miles. For example, if you transfer 50,000 miles to a family members account, they will receive 100,000 miles. The charge to transfer miles from one account to another is $0.01/mile plus a $30 transaction fee. If you transfer miles at at the same time to multiple accounts, you will only need to pay that $30 transaction fee once (up to four recipients). Additionally, you are not able to transfer more than 150,000 miles from your account and a recipient cannot receive more than 300,000 miles in total from other accounts in a calendar year. Read my prior blog post for a detailed analysis.

Bonus on Purchasing Delta Miles

  • Delta SkyMile Credit Card Holders: Through December 31, 2011, get a 100% bonus on all Delta mile purchases. You must current have an active Delta SkyMile credit card, which currently has a 30,000 point offer bonus. Miles must be purchases in 2,000 mile increments, with a minimum of 2,000 miles and a maximum of 60,000 miles. Read my prior blog post for more details.
  • Everyone Else: Through December 22, 2011, get a 75% bonus on all Delta mile purchases. The maximum number of bonus miles you can earn through this promotion is 45,000 miles. Read my prior blog post for more details.

Analysis: Which promotion is better – purchasing miles or transferring miles? Overall, it is less costly to transfer the miles between accounts than outright purchasing the miles. The only scenario where it actually makes sense to purchase the miles is if you are looking for just 2,000 miles to top off an account. My analysis below takes into consideration having the Delta SkyMiles credit card which will give you 100% bonus on purchasing miles instead of the 75% bonus. For non-Delta card members, the same situation holds as well.

  • Purchasing 2,000 miles: Results in 4,000 miles and will cost $70
  • Purchasing 2,000 miles: Results in 2,000 miles and will cost $50 – if you do this twice you will get 4,000 miles and will cost $100
  • Purchasing 4,000 miles: Results in 8,000 miles and will cost $150.50
  • Transferring 4,000 miles: Results in 4,000 miles and will cost $70 – if you do this twice will get 8,000 miles and will cost $140
  • Purchasing

Also, if you transfer to more accounts at the same time your actual cost will be much less as you will only have to pay the $30 one time.

Like always, the Promotions page has been updated to always reflect the latest travel deals!

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  • Bill said,

    I read this a little differently. It appears the person receiving the transferred miles will also get the bonus. This is different than the offer that just expired on 11/30 where the person transferring the miles received the bonus. Per the Delta site…

    Transfer miles now through December 16, 2011 to a friend or family member with a SkyMiles account and they’ll receive your miles plus an additional 100% mileage bonus.¹

    ¹Eligibility: Offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers. Transaction must be completed between now and December 16, 2011 to receive the 100% mileage bonus. The 100% mileage bonus offer expires at 11:59 CST on December 16, 2011. The 100% mileage bonus will be awarded to the transfer recipient’s SkyMiles account. The 100 % mileage bonus will post within 24 hours after the completed transaction. Offer does not apply to miles purchased under the SkyMiles Buy Miles or Gift Miles programs.

  • dealswelike said,

    @Bill – Thanks for pointing this out. I just re-read and you are correct. I will update accordingly. Thanks again!

  • Lauren said,

    Really have been enjoying your blog!

    I think a huge value add is if you could add some sort of rating to your deals. For example, this delta transfer bonus deal seems to come around 3-4 times/year. VS. a mistake fare deal is sometimes a once in a lifetime deal.

    If you could assign a rough rating like..”Frequent Deal” (offered nearly once every month), “Occasional Deal” (few times per year), “Rare Deal” (once a decade)…that would be a huge help and I think really set you apart from the other blogs!

  • Maury said,

    Do you know if the person that receives your miles can buy a ticket in your name? In other words, does Delta let ou buy award travel for anyone else other than yourself? Thanks

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