Earn Five Bonus SkyMiles Per Dollar to Australia

T hrough Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:59:59 in the evening Central Daylight Time, you can earn five bonus SkyMiles per United States dollar on flights between Australia — including Sydney, Brisbane, and on new Melbourne flights which launch on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 — and Los Angeles marketed and operated by either Delta Air Lines or Virgin Australia when you purchase an eligible published-fare ticket…

Earn Five Bonus SkyMiles Per Dollar to Australia

…and if the flight on which you are a passenger originates elsewhere and connects through Los Angeles, you will earn those bonus SkyMiles on the portion of your flight between Los Angeles and the aforementioned three destinations in Australia.

Either way, you must register for this promotion prior to travel; and only tickets which were purchased on or after Wednesday, February 1, 2017 will qualify for this offer. There theoretically is no limit to the amount of bonus SkyMiles which can be earned within the qualification period.

Member Status  Standard Earnings Earnings With Promotion
Diamond Medallion 11 SkyMiles per dollar 16 SkyMiles per dollar
Platinum Medallion 9 SkyMiles per dollar 14 SkyMiles per dollar
Gold Medallion 8 SkyMiles per dollar 13 SkyMiles per dollar
Silver Medallion 7 SkyMiles per dollar 12 SkyMiles per dollar
SkyMiles Member 5 SkyMiles per dollar 10 SkyMiles per dollar

Terms and Conditions

You must be a new or existing member of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program to register for this offer. Bonus SkyMiles apply only to the traveling SkyMiles member and do not count toward Medallion elite level status or Million Miler status. This offer cannot be combined with other offers from Delta Air Lines or the SkyTeam alliance of airlines; and is void where prohibited by law.

This offer cannot be transferred.

Travel may commence in either direction. Travel must be between February 1, 2017 and May 31, 2017 to earn bonus miles; and all travel must be completed by May 31, 2017. Flights may originate or terminate in other cities, but bonus miles will only be awarded on eligible flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD), and Los Angles (LAX) and Brisbane (BNE), and Los Angeles (LAX) and Melbourne (MEL).

The following fare types are excluded: Award, Miles + Cash, free, barter, pass travel and certain tickets, including but not limited to bulk, consolidator, cruise, vacation packages (including Delta Vacations® packages), inclusive tour and other tickets where the fare is not disclosed, are not eligible for this promotion.

Ticket price eligible for bonus SkyMiles accrual includes base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges; but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees. Tickets purchased in Australian dollars or other currency will be converted to United States dollars prior to awarding bonus SkyMiles.

Your bonus SkyMiles will appear automatically on your SkyMiles statement. Please allow up to eight weeks after qualifying travel is completed for credit to appear.

Please refer Delta customer service representative to promotional reference code 167004.

Other restrictions, terms and conditions apply.


There are a few other weblogs which state that you earn double SkyMiles with this offer. That is technically only correct if you are a general member of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program who has not earned Medallion elite level status.

Before Delta Air Lines became a frequent flier loyalty program based on revenue with which you could have earned 14,982 SkyMiles. The lowest round trip airfare I could find between Los Angeles and Sydney costs $800.26 for an economy class seat — meaning that you will earn 4,000 bonus SkyMiles to total 8,000 SkyMiles for the entire trip…

…but if you have earned Diamond Medallion elite level status, that total becomes 12,800 SkyMiles — still not as many SkyMiles as when the program was based on distance flown and certainly not anywhere near the 29,964 total SkyMiles you would have earned on that trip with bonus which was always included with that status — but then again, round trip flights between Los Angeles and Sydney rarely dipped to fewer than $1,000.00 in United States currency, if that is any consolation.

I registered for this promotion; but I do not intend to take advantage of it.

Photograph ©2011 by Brian Cohen.

One thought on “Earn Five Bonus SkyMiles Per Dollar to Australia”

  1. Andrew says:

    Not sure why you even mention Delta anymore. Their program is one of the most anti frequent flyer programs out there.

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