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Can I Use Certificates With Delta Pay With Miles Option?

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Delta’s Pay With Miles can be a great way to get value out of Delta SkyMiles. It gives eligible members an option to redeem Delta miles for a set price AND the award ticket if booked in First Class, can earn Medallion Qualifying Miles and Redeemable Miles. But not everyone can use Pay With Miles Option. In this post we’ll share a little about the program and exactly who is eligible.

What Is Pay With Miles

Pay with Miles is an option given to certain Delta members who hold an eligible American Express Card. This option allows you to select miles for redemption to knock cost off of your ticket. The cost taken out of the ticket price depends on how many miles you redeem using the Pay With Miles Option. The rates are as follows:

For fares less than $100:

  • Redeem 25,000 miles to cover the total fare

For fares equal to or greater than $100 and less than $250:

  • Redeem 10,000 miles for $100 off the total fare or
  • Increase the redemption to 25,000 miles and increase from that point in increments of 5,000 miles ($50 off) to cover the total fare

For fares equal to or greater than $250 and total fares less than $1,000:

  • Redeem 10,000 miles for $100 off the total fare or
  • Increase the redemption in increments of 5,000 miles ($50 off) to cover all or part of the total fare (15,000 miles for $150 off, 20,000 miles for $200 off, etc.)

For total fares equal to or greater than $1,000:

  • Redeem 10,000 miles for $100 off the total fare or
  • Increase the redemption in increments of 10,000 miles ($100 off) to cover all or part of the total fare (20,000 miles for $200 off, 30,000 miles for $300 off, etc.)

If you choose to pay for a fare with both miles and a credit card, you must use an eligible Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.

Who Is Eligible

The Pay with Miles option is limited to select card holders including the following cards:

Program is limited to Basic (not Additional) Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles and Delta Reserve Credit Card Members, as well as to Gold and Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card Members and Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card Members.

Delta Pay With Miles Option

Can You Use With Certificate

No. You cannot combine certificates, eCredits, vouchers or any other discount. Its unfortunate I know. But this is Delta.

Delta Pay With Miles Restrictions

Here are the restrictions per Delta’s Pay With Miles site.

Available only on original tickets booked at delta.com. All flights in the itinerary must be eligible in order to use Pay with Miles option. The amount of miles that can be used on a Pay with Miles redemption are based on the SkyMiles member’s account balance. When redeeming miles to pay for the total fare, the number of miles required will be rounded up to the nearest 5,000 or 10,000 mile increment, as applicable, and no cash will be paid to or credited to the Member and no miles will be credited back to the Member’s SkyMiles Account due to minimum mile redemption requirements and minimum mile redemption increments. Not combinable with certificates, eCredits, vouchers, or with any other discounts. Tickets purchased with full or partial Pay with Miles redemptions are not eligible for mileage upgrades or Platinum Systemwide Upgrade Certificates.  Pay with Miles tickets booked in Economy Class are not eligible for mileage accrual, Medallion Qualification Segments, or Medallion Qualification Miles.  Pay with Miles tickets booked in First or Business Class are eligible for mileage accrual, Medallion Qualification Segments, and Medallion Qualification Miles. Pay with Miles tickets are not eligible for Best Fare Guarantee and are not combinable with any other forms of mileage redemption.

Medallion Complimentary Upgrades on Pay with Miles tickets is limited to Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion passengers and may not be eligible on all flights.

Bottom Line

The Pay With Miles option can be a valuable tool to get rid of use Delta SkyMiles. Unfortunately though, you cannot combine the option with certificates or eCredits already on your account.

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About the author: The Weekly Flyer is writes about travel from a business traveler perspective. He travels the world every week accumulating points and miles along the way. Feel free to reach me at theweeklyflyer@gmail.com

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  • Carol August 26, 2014, 6:06 am

    To clarify: the only way to pay with miles AND earn MQMs is by booking first class tickets?

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