Delta SkyMiles is offering double miles for travel between the US and Australia through May 31, 2016.
The promotion is valid for travel on Delta or Virgin Australia between Los Angeles and either Sydney or Brisbane. In order to qualify, you have to book a Delta marketed flight operated by either Delta or Virgin Australia. Registration is required prior to travel in order to qualify. Bonus miles should post within eight weeks of qualifying travel.
What makes this promotion interesting is that Delta has a revenue based frequent flyer program, meaning you’re awarded redeemable miles based on how much you spend rather than how much you fly. So what Delta is really offering is five bonus SkyMiles per dollar spent on Delta between the US and Australia.
Currently SkyMiles members earn between five and 11 SkyMiles per dollar spent, based on their status, while through this promotion members will earn between 10 and 16 SkyMiles per dollar spent. So for a member without status, this represents a 100% mileage bonus.
My biggest objection to revenue based frequent flyer programs nowadays is how complicated they are, and this promotion is no exception. You don’t have to originate or terminate at LAX to be eligible for this promotion, but if you travel elsewhere on the same itinerary you’ll only earn five miles per dollar spent for the prorated portion between Los Angeles and Australia. How will that be calculated?
Flights may originate or terminate in other cities, but bonus miles will only be awarded on eligible flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD), and Los Angles (LAX) and Brisbane (BNE). For connecting itineraries, bonus miles awarded will be prorated based on the miles flown on the bonus-eligible routes as a portion of the entire ticketed itinerary.
So the airlines tell us that it’s revenue that counts, and not the number of miles flown. But then you earn a bonus based on how much you spend based on the prorated distance you flew. Simple, eh? 😉
The full terms of the promotion are as follows:
General: You must be a new or existing Delta SkyMiles member to register for this offer. All SkyMiles program rules apply to membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption, and travel benefits. Offers, rules, and benefits subject to change or withdrawal at any time without prior notice; visit Membership Guide & Program Rules to review the rules. Bonus miles apply only to the traveling SkyMiles member and do not count toward Medallion® or Million Miler™ status. Other restrictions may apply. Offers void where prohibited by law. You may visit delta.com for more details and specific restrictions. This offer cannot be combined with other Delta or SkyTeam® offers.
Eligibility: To participate in this offer, you must register prior to travel for this promotion online at delta.com, between February 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016 (ending 11:59:59 p.m., U.S. CDT on May 31, 2016), and complete travel by May 31, 2016. Tickets may be purchased from February 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016. This offer is nontransferable. Promotional registration is required before taking flight. Only tickets purchased on or after February 1, 2016 will qualify for this bonus.
Bonus Offer: Purchase an eligible published-fare ticket and fly Delta-marketed, Delta- or Virgin Australia-operated nonstop flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD), and Los Angeles (LAX) and Brisbane (BNE) and earn bonus miles each way for each flight purchased and completed. Travel may commence in either direction. Travel must be between February 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016 to earn bonus miles. Flights may originate or terminate in other cities, but bonus miles will only be awarded on eligible flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD), and Los Angles (LAX) and Brisbane (BNE). For connecting itineraries, bonus miles awarded will be prorated based on the miles flown on the bonus-eligible routes as a portion of the entire ticketed itinerary. Any flights operated by a carrier other than Delta and Virgin Australia are excluded from this offer. Any flight operated by a carrier other than Delta or Virgin Australia shall be indicated at delta.com. The following fare types are excluded: Award, Miles + Cash, free, barter, pass travel and certain tickets, including but not limited to bulk, consolidator, cruise, vacation packages (including Delta Vacations® packages), inclusive tour and other tickets where the fare is not disclosed, are not eligible for this promotion. There is no limit to the bonus miles that can be earned within the qualification period.
Bonus will be awarded as five bonus miles per eligible USD spent on ticket purchase for Delta-marketed and Delta or Virgin Australia-operated flights. Ticket price eligible for bonus miles accrual includes base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees. Tickets purchased in AUD or other currency will be converted to USD prior to awarding bonus miles.
Travel Period: Travel must be between February 1, 2016 and May 31, 2016. All travel must be completed by May 31, 2016.
Promotional Fulfillment: Your bonus miles will appear automatically on your SkyMiles statement. Please allow up to eight weeks after qualifying travel is completed for credit to appear. Fulfillment of the offer is the sole responsibility Delta Air Lines.
Promotional Reference Code: Please refer Delta customer service representative to 164001. Additional terms may apply. See registration website for details.
This promotion is a response to American launching flights between Sydney and Los Angeles, and strengthening their joint venture with Qantas. American is also offering bonus miles for travel to Australia through May 31, 2016, though the bonuses are fixed amounts, ranging from 5,000 miles to 30,000 miles per trip.
If you’re traveling to Australia over the coming months, will either of these promotions impact which airline you choose to fly?
(Tip of the hat to Rapid Travel Chai)