Why You Might Not Want to Earn Quintuple SkyMiles Per Dollar Spent at Hotels Spring 2019

You can earn five SkyMiles per United States dollar spent on the base rate on your stay at a participating hotel or resort property worldwide, with no specific date mentioned as to when your stay must end…

Why You Might Not Want to Earn Quintuple SkyMiles Per Dollar Spent at Hotels Spring 2019

…but you must book your reservations — which must include your SkyMiles membership number — by Monday, April 8, 2019 to take advantage of this offer.

Although this offer could potentially be a better way to earn SkyMiles than actually flying as a passenger aboard an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines, you might not want to take advantage of this deal because — unless you book your reservations through the proprietary channels of the frequent guest loyalty programs of many lodging companies — you may not be able to:

  • Earn elite level status on stays
  • Take advantage of the benefits of which you are entitled if you have already earned elite level status
  • Earn points for your stay

Select Terms and Conditions

Base hotel rate is the cost of the hotel room — before taxes and fees — charged at the time of booking. Taxes and fees, gratuities, room service and other incidental charges are excluded from mileage credit.

Mileage can only be credited to the member of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program whose name appears on the credit card used for booking the reservation. First and last name on credit card must match with name on SkyMiles membership account provided. Only one SkyMiles membership number can be provided per reservation booked. Please allow up to eight weeks after completion of eligible stay for miles to be deposited in SkyMiles account. Requests for mileage credit will be accepted up to six months from the date of checking out of your stay. Stays completed prior to enrollment into SkyMiles will not be eligible for mileage credit. Hotel currency or status are subject to each respective Hotel guest program and may not be applicable for bookings made on hotels-delta.com.

Other terms and conditions may apply.


Ultimately, you have to decide which is more important to you: more SkyMiles per dollar spent on a hotel or resort property; or the benefits of a frequent guest loyalty program.

You might then think that if you book at a hotel or resort property which is independent and does not participate in a frequent guest loyalty program, think again: the engine of the Internet web site through which you can take advantage of this offer is powered by Hotels.com, which has its own loyalty program. When you collect ten nights with Hotels.comRewards, you earn a free night through which you are required to only pay for taxes and fees.

Let us say that you stayed for ten nights at $100.00 per night — excluding taxes, fees, gratuities, room service and other incidental charges. Which would you rather have: 5,000 SkyMiles; or a free night in a hotel or resort property with no blackout dates or restrictions? Even if I were to generously apply a value of two cents per SkyMile, that still only comes out to a value of $100.00 at best. You can easily do better with the value of a hotel or resort property worldwide with the Hotels.comRewards loyalty program…

…but if you need to top off your SkyMiles membership account, this deal might be just what you need.

I will personally decline from participating in this promotion.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.


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