A Year of Empty-Leg Private Jet Travel Up For Grabs in Delta SkyMiles Auction

Apr 5, 2019

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A one-year Delta Private Jets Sky Access membership usually runs $8,500, but the winner of a SkyMiles Experience auction now underway will get to up their travel game by cashing out SkyMiles instead.

The auction concludes on April 15, with the current top bid standing at 376,000 SkyMiles. TPG values each SkyMile at 1.2 cents, which means that you shouldn’t bid more than 708,000 SkyMiles or you’re better off paying cash for the membership.

Sky Access members can book empty legs with Delta Private Jets Shuttle up to 24 hours prior to departure at no cost per leg and no limit on quantity, and should you win, you’ll receive reduced hourly pricing for standard private jet charters as well.

Delta offers thousands of daily flights, but there’s an elite few operated by its private jet division that you won’t often see while planespotting from a Sky Club lounge.

You could fly in style, parking at LAX’s private terminal alongside the owner of an NFL team (Photo by Darren Murph / The Points Guy)

Empty legs are flights scheduled without passengers to ensure an aircraft is positioned for a trip at the right airport at the right time, so if your schedule is flexible (and you’re based in the greater Atlanta area), there’s no telling how far you could fly in a year.

gulfstream g500 private jet
Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy

If you’re curious what life is like on a private jet, we’ve got you covered. TPG himself traveled with Editor-at-Large Zach Honig on a Gulfstream G500, and contributor J. Scott Clark recently zoomed across the United States on a HondaJet Elite.

Boosting Your SkyMiles Balance

If you’re a little short on miles to participate in the auction, fret not. There are a variety of ways to earn Delta miles, from Delta-operated flights to trips on SkyTeam airlines to various non-travel partners. However, one of the best ways to boost your SkyMiles balance to score a few free trips is by adding one of these cards to your arsenal:


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Featured image of a Gulfstream G500 by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.

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