Earn 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles With Each New Participating Partner You Use — 2019 Edition — But…

You can earn 1,000 bonus SkyMiles with each new participating partner you use — up to a maximum limit of 10,000 bonus SkyMiles — through Thursday, February 28, 2019 when you register for this offer with your SkyMiles membership number…

Earn 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles With Each New Participating Partner You Use — 2019 Edition — But…

…but this offer is only open to members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program who reside in the United States; and it is purportedly targeted.

Participating Partners

Categories of partners other than the ones listed below — including airline partners and Citibank Asia — are expressly excluded from this offer.

Only the following non-airline partners are participating in this offer:

  • Delta.com Hotels
  • Marriott — including hotel and resort properties which formerly participated in the Starwood Preferred Guest program
  • InterContinental Hotels
  • Radisson Group
  • Hyatt Hotels
  • Millennium
  • World Hotels
  • Airbnb
  • Enterprise
  • Alamo
  • National Car Rental
  • Hertz
  • Dollar
  • Thrifty
  • Lyft
  • SkyMiles Shopping United States
  • SkyMiles Dining

Select Terms and Conditions

If you are a registered member of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program who resides in the United States, you will earn a bonus of 1,000 SkyMiles for every new participating non-airline partner with whom you earn SkyMiles between Monday, January 28, 2019 through Thursday, February 28, 2019. Only accrual partner transactions with an activity date between those two dates will be considered for bonuses. The term new refers to a partner with whom you have not earned SkyMiles since January 1, 2018.

Activity date is defined as the date of the transaction as reported by the partner regardless of the date the transaction is posted in your SkyMiles membership account.

Only transactions with the participating partners specified above are eligible for this Offer. In addition, some types of transactions from participating partners are excluded — including and not limited to: miles earned from bonuses, events, transfer of partner currency to miles, Hotel Vacation Club transactions, Partner voucher credits, other mileage earning not expressly described as eligible for earning SkyMiles with Delta. Some partners offer multiple ways to earn miles under different products, brands, merchants, conversion of currency to miles, etc. These will still be considered as a single partner. Some examples of these cases are: Hotels booked via delta.com Hotels, merchants under the SkyMiles Shopping program, restaurants under the SkyMiles Dining program, hotel brands under the same Hotel portfolio, partner activity and a points conversion to miles from the same partner and others. This offer cannot be combined with other public or private offers in market.

Please allow up to 60 days after the qualifying transaction for bonus SkyMiles to be added in your account.

To enquire about this offer, please refer to code 199002 when contacting any Delta customer service representative.

Other terms and conditions — including those of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program — apply.

Summary

Come on, Delta Air Lines — is this offer really that great that you must target only certain SkyMiles members? It is substantially more restrictive than this similar promotion in 2017, as that promotion had more partners participating in it; no maximum limit was specified as to how many total bonus SkyMiles can be earned; was in effect for 98 days instead of only 31 days; and was open to all members of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program with the exception of those residing in the Asia Pacific region.

Although the promotion specifically states that “this is a private offer and only available to those who receive this offer directly from Delta” and that the “offer is non-transferable”, I know members of the SkyMiles program who have not received any communication from Delta Air Lines and yet were still able to register for this offer.

Ever since the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program became based on revenue instead of distance flown, the SkyMiles from offers such as this one arguably became more valuable. For example, a general member of the SkyMiles program is required to spend a minimum of $200.00 — not including taxes and fees — to earn 1,000 SkyMiles; whereas with this offer, a simple car rental or hotel stay will each earn 1,000 SkyMiles.

Do not forget that earning SkyMiles from rental car companies is not free of charge, as you will be assessed a fee — typically one dollar per day, more or less — for earning frequent flier loyalty program miles through most rental car companies. For this reason, I prefer to earn credit from renting vehicles through the frequent renter loyalty programs of the rental car companies over earning airline miles…

…so if you rent a car for a week, would you pay seven dollars — or possibly more — for 1,000 SkyMiles? Some people would not pay 0.7 cents per SkyMile.

I registered for this promotion; but I certainly will not go out of my way to earn those bonus SkyMiles.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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