Jump Start Your Holiday Shopping With 1,000 Bonus Miles From Delta

Nov 5, 2018

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Just in time for the holidays, the Delta Airlines SkyMiles shopping site is now offering an opportunity to earn up to 1,000 bonus miles for your online shopping purchases. Similar to the American, United, Southwest and Alaska shopping bonuses that came out last week, this is a tiered promotion based on your cumulative spend between now and Nov. 18, 2018.

  • Tier 1: Spend $150, earn 500 Delta bonus miles
  • Tier 2: Spend $300, earn 1,000 Delta bonus miles

This is low threshold to earn the maximum amount of miles, and based on TPG’s valuations this promotion is worth up to $12 toward future travel.

Fully Maximize the Miles Earned

In addition to the bonus offers you’ll earn, Delta is also offering some increased payouts at many popular stores. For example, if you are looking to shop at Macy’s for the upcoming holidays, the Delta portal is currently paying out a whopping 10x miles per dollar spent. You can stack that with the 5% cash back (or 5x points) you’ll earn at department stores as one of the Chase Freedom‘s 4th quarter 5x bonus categories, and a $300 purchase at Macy’s online can earn you a total of 4,000 Delta miles  (10x x $300 + 1,000 bonus miles) + 1,500 Chase Ultimate Reward points (5x on the Chase Freedom).

The best part about using a shopping portal is that it can usually be combined with retailer sales and discounts, such as the current 30% off promotion offered by Macy’s. Just use coupon code EVENT to see if your purchase qualifies for the additional savings. Keep in mind that the tiered bonus is based on the actual amount spent, not the retail price of your total purchase.

Again, using the TPG’s point valuations, 3,000 Delta miles in the example above are worth $48, and the 1,500 Chase Ultimate Reward points are worth $30 when transferred to a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card — $78 worth of points and miles is pretty amazing for a purchase you were going to make anyway!

Bottom Line

Using an online shopping portal is a great way to maximize your holiday shopping purchases. While this promotion is capped at $300 in spending, if you are really getting a jump-start on your holiday purchases, make sure to maximize as many of the other shopping portal bonuses as possible (or use different family members’ accounts). Theoretically, you could actually earn a total of 14,500 bonus miles among the five different airlines currently offering bonuses, plus the regular miles earned from your purchase. There is no better way to celebrate the holiday cheer than by treating yourself with some extra points and miles while purchasing gifts for others!

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