Missing – Delta In-Flight Drink Certificates With SkyBonus And Missing Rewards

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I received an email from Delta’s SkyBonus program reminding me that I had enough points for a reward. When I logged into the account to make a redemption, one major item was missing, and I was glad it was.

The Delta SkyBonus program is a rewards program that allows businesses to earn rewards for their employee travel. If you are not already a member, you can earn 30,000 SkyBonus points after signing up and flying within 60 days of signing up. Just register an account here with the promotion code BTN2012.

Since I have a business, I’ve registered for the SkyBonus account and receive bonus points from time to time. I received an email with the message below indicating I had enough points for a reward.

Delta SkyBonus Other Rewards Reminder

A balance of 15,624 SkyBonus points is more than enough for the best reward in all of the SkyBonus program, the free drink certificates. So I quickly navigated to the reward section to select my drink certificate reward. Only one problem, it was missing from the award chart, and that is a good thing.

The ability to redeem SkyBonus points for 10 drink certificates appears to have been removed from the reward options within SkyBonus. Am I the only one who can’t place an order for drink certificates at this time?

Delta SkyBonus Other Rewards

Why is it missing you ask? I don’t know, but I have a hunch. The SkyBonus drink certificates can be ordered and you’ll receive them via FedEx package, but they will only be valid through December 31 of the current year. So I think they must have removed them so people don’t redeem their SkyBonus for certificates that will expire at the end of next month.

Delta SkyBonus Other Rewards Expiration

I’m so glad the reward wasn’t listed in the reward chart today when I logged in. You never know, I might have just pulled the trigger like DeltaPoints did and order 10 drink certificates that will expire at the end of the year, doh! 🙂

Bottom Line

If you have a business or sole proprietorship, make sure you sign up for the Delta SkyBonus program to begin earning points for your business in addition to the points a traveler earns.

Be careful when ordering your rewards. By waiting until the beginning of a year to order drink certificates, you’ll have a full twelve months to use the certificates on in-flight Happy Hours since the certificates expire at the end of the current calendar year.

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  1. Hi Trevor – you should do it and run all your business travel through SkyBonus to earn the rewards. The drink certificates are the lowest redemption, but with your travel, you can earn better rewards.

  2. I am a Gold Medallion and always print my boarding pass for the free drink certificate that prints with it. When I flew Friday of last week, my certificate printed,but when I took my return flight the following Sunday – no certificate! I am headed to LGA Tuesday and will see if any certificate shows up. I hope that this doesn’t mean they are doing away with this perk altogether.

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