Delta 75% Bonus – Purchase Or Gift Miles

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Delta is offering a 75% bonus for purchased or gifted miles. The promotion ends on March 31, 2012. Promotions for purchasing miles are common, but this is at the upper end of Delta’s offers. In the fall, a friend took advantage of Delta’s 100% transfer bonus offer to get enough miles for his honeymoon ticket to Italy in the summer.


Delta 75 Bonus Offer

Promotion Details

  • Minimum/Maximum mileage per transaction, per recipient: 2,000 / 60,000
  • Mileage increments: 2,000
  • Rate per mile: $0.035
  • Applicable Taxes
  • Detailed terms and conditions

Sample Business Class Cost

This promotion is a decent deal to buy or gift enough miles for a business class ticket from US to Europe. A business class US to Europe requires 100,000 Delta SkyMiles. Through this promotion you can buy 60,000 miles and receive a 45,000 mile bonus. This will give you the required 100,000 miles with an extra 5,000 to spare. Total cost would be $2,100 plus taxes and fees.

Bottom Line

This promotion can help you top off your account for an award level or purchase enough miles to get an award ticket. The big down side is you are essentially buying miles at $0.035 per mile. This promotion may not apply for all Delta accounts as it appears to be targeted. But it is worth a shot to see if it works for you.

Just be sure and price out a ticket for your desired route to ensure the miles aren’t more expensive then just buying a discounted price ticket instead.

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  1. These promos on any airline lose a lot of allure when the base price is 3.5cpm and the bonus is less than 100%. Especially with US, they’ve trained us to know what a good value is and reducing that value means we go back to the old ways of acquiring miles before sales bonanzas existed.

  2. So my wife and I each have 22k delta points. Would it make sense for one of us to gift the other points for the bonus?

  3. Hi Mike – Absolutely not. To transfer 22,000 points it would cost you $770.

    Assume only one of you makes a transfer. After your transfer, one of you would have 60,500 miles and be out $770. You could probably purchase a business class ticket depending on where you are looking to go.

    If you both transfer your miles, you’ll each have 38,500 and be out $1,540.

    One option to consider is to top off your account to an award level with the cheapest option. The cheapest option to get you to the next award level is still pretty expensive for the miles. You’d need an additional 3,000 miles, but you’d have to buy 4,000 for $140. I would only use this option if you can find a very expensive coach ticket that is available for the low 25,000 SkyMile award level. – (think winter ski trips on non-competitive routes)

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