Many moons ago, US Airways used to run a promotion that they called the “Grand Slam Promotion.” They would give you bonus miles based on the number of mileage partners* that you used. You could earn up to 100,000 miles, and the challenge was generally who could get to 100K with the least out of pocket spend (Yes, we mileage dorks often know each other.).
Delta’s newest promotion may not turn out to be quite that good, but there does appear to be a lot of opportunities to rack up the SkyMiles.
Delta’s Partner Promotion
Delta is offering 1,000 miles per new partner that you use from now until June 30. What does “new” mean? It doesn’t have to be the very first time that you used the partner. Rather, you could not have used them between March 24, 2016 and March 23, 2017. You can read about the details of the promotion and register on the registration page.
In theory, the number of bonuses that you could earn are limitless. There does not seem to be a cap on how many partners you can use or how many miles you can earn. The question remains, though, about how Delta defines “partners.” For instance, SkyMiles Shopping has over 800 partners. Does that mean 800 opportunities to earn 1,000 points, or do you get the bonus only once for any shopping you do over the period, regardless of the number of merchants that you use.
But there are still plenty of easy miles to be found. You could join SkyMiles dining and pick up an additional 1,000 miles for your first purchase. You could make a small purchase through the shopping site and make another 1,000 miles. Etc. My suggestion for you is simple: Register for the promotion even if you don’t think you will earn any miles (It’s free.) and take a look at the partner sites to see if there is low-hanging fruit.
*Beginner’s Hint: Airlines have discovered that selling frequent flyer miles is far more profitable than flying passengers, and have set up partnerships with everyone they can think of to take advantage of that fact. You can make purchases through Delta’s partner site and the merchant will reward you with miles. The merchant, of course, bought those miles directly from Delta, so the airline is happy to promote them.
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