Delta “Pile on the Miles” promotion

Delta has a pretty cool promotion from April 22 to June 22, whereby you can earn thousands of bonus miles for partner activity. The best reward is 25,000 bonus miles for 25 partner transactions, with the low end being 4,000 bonus miles for four partner transactions. Not surprisingly, Northwest has the same promotion.

While I like this promotion in theory, I just don’t see how I’ll benefit from this from a practical standpoint. Yes, it’s easy to deal with a few of their partners, but is it really worth the hassle? Beyond that, is it even a good deal at times? For example, one of Delta’s partners is Hilton. Yes, I’d essentially be earning 1,000 bonus miles, but Delta usually only offers 500 miles per stay, for a total of 1,500 miles. British Midland, on the other hand, has a promotion for 3,000 miles per night at Hilton properties.

Does anyone know of easier ways to bank some serious miles with this promotion?

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Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. I am not even going to think about it (unless someone posts a fool-proof low-effort way of earning something). I just checked my BMI account earlier today and noticed that I had received 2000 miles just for updating my email address a few weeks ago. Now those are the promotions I like 🙂

  2. Delta skymiles frequent flyer program expired my 62,000 miles with no notification this January, 2009. I only found this out when I was trying to use some of my miles for a flight last month. I had received all their junk mail, but no mail or phone call came from Delta to notify me that they retired my miles, even though I have the last statement showing they expire on December 31 of this year, 2009!
    They claimed there was no recent activity on my account, but I even used 2 of their partners and sent the copies of the statements showing use of 1-800-flowers, and Best Western motels. I thought there was miles posted from that, but they gave no indication in their reply stating that they would show my miles as still active. I will no longer use DElTA/Northwest Airlines, or any of their partners, since they take miles earned honestly and send me an email saying many other people have had the same thing happen to them, so they can’t help all of us and won’t do a thing to restore the miles any of us had taken away. It sure sounds like they didn’t want any extra baggage like our free flights to get in the way of the merger!!! GOOD LUCK ON ACTUALLY EXPECTING TO USE ALL YOUR PROMO MILES OR HARD EARNED MILES!!
    Here is the email I received after I wrote to the Delta CEO, Richard Anderson, enclosing my letter with my skymiles statement showing the 62,176 active Delta Skymiles with an expriation date of Dec 31, 2009. Thank you for your correspondence concerning your SkyMiles to our Chief
    Executive Officer, Richard Anderson. I’ve been asked to respond on his
    behalf.

    We regret you were unaware of the expiration guidelines associated with
    the SkyMiles program. We try to ensure our members are aware of these
    guidelines by providing them on our website at delta.com/skymiles, as
    well as listing the expiration date on account summary statements
    following any account activity.

    While we would like to offer special consideration in cases such as
    yours, we are unable to honor the many requests that we receive from
    others in similar situations. We follow a consistent policy to ensure
    that Delta is fair to everyone in our SkyMiles program. Accordingly, we
    must respectfully decline your request.
    Again, thank you for writing. We recognize this was not the response you
    expected to receive and trust you will understand our position. We
    value your business and hope you will continue to choose Delta.

    Sincerely,

    Lori Langford
    Coordinator
    Customer Care

  3. Good luck on actually being able to use those promo miles in the future!!! Delta skymiles frequent flyer program expired my 62,176 miles with no notification this January, 2009. I only found this out when I was trying to use some of my miles for a flight last month. I had received all their junk mail, but no mail or phone call came from Delta to notify me that they retired my miles, even though I have the statement showing they expire on December 31 of this year, 2009! I even called last year to confirm that I had those miles. I was relocating and had not sent them my new email, so they didn’t bother to contact me by mail or phone, as my other four frequent flyer accounts have done. If you don’t have email, you don’t hear from them unless it is to promote a new credit card. When I called, they said they couldn’t reach me without my new email address.
    They also claimed there was no recent activity on my account, but I used 2 of their partners to earn miles, giving my ff number, and sent the copies to Delta of the statements showing use of 1-800-flowers, and Best Western motels. I thought there was miles posted from that, but they gave no indication in their reply stating that they would show my miles as still active. I will no longer use Delta/Northwest Airlines, or any of their partners, since they take miles earned honestly and send me an email saying many other people have had the same thing happen to them, so they can’t help all of us and won’t do a thing to restore the miles any of us had taken away. It sure sounds like they didn’t want any extra baggage like our free flights to get in the way of the merger!!!
    Here is the email I received after I wrote to the Delta CEO, Richard Anderson, enclosing my letter requesting the miles be honored, with my skymiles statement showing the 62,176 active Delta Skymiles and an expiration date of Dec 31, 2009:
    Thank you for your correspondence concerning your SkyMiles to our Chief
    Executive Officer, Richard Anderson. I’ve been asked to respond on his
    behalf.

    We regret you were unaware of the expiration guidelines associated with
    the SkyMiles program. We try to ensure our members are aware of these
    guidelines by providing them on our website at delta.com/skymiles, as
    well as listing the expiration date on account summary statements
    following any account activity.

    While we would like to offer special consideration in cases such as
    yours, we are unable to honor the many requests that we receive from
    others in similar situations. We follow a consistent policy to ensure
    that Delta is fair to everyone in our SkyMiles program. Accordingly, we
    must respectfully decline your request.
    Again, thank you for writing. We recognize this was not the response you
    expected to receive and trust you will understand our position. We
    value your business and hope you will continue to choose Delta.

    Sincerely,

    Lori Langford
    Coordinator
    Customer Care

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