How to Earn Miles?

Miles for Delta flights¹ are earned based on ticket price instead of distance flown. So when you pay a higher price, you’ll be

 

rewarded with more miles—up to 75,000 per ticket.

 

 

Earning Miles

You earn miles toward Award Travel based on ticket price and your SkyMiles status.

Miles Don't Expire

Your existing miles and any earned going forward will not expire.

EARN EVEN MORE

U.S. and select international Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card Members earn up to an additional 2 miles per dollar (or corresponding earning rate) on Delta purchases with the Card.

Just a Reminder

Redeemable miles differ from Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs), which are based on distance flown. Medallion status is earned through a combination of the miles or segments you fly plus your annual spending on Delta flights. See the “Medallion Program” section for more details.

The number of miles shown above does not include additional miles a Card Member may earn on the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. Learn more.

 

1 All flights not marketed and not ticketed by Delta earn mileage based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the fare class paid. Learn more.

 

Certain tickets, including but not limited to bulk, consolidator, cruise, vacation packages (including some Delta Vacations® packages), inclusive tour and other tickets where the fare is not disclosed, earn miles based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class paid as published at delta.com/exceptionfares at the time of travel.

 
 

How To Redeem Miles?

You said it should be easier to redeem miles. We heard you, so we’ve made Award Travel more flexible with more

 

options than ever.

 

 

 
Sample Award Booking Options

— SAMPLE AWARD BOOKING OPTIONS —

MON 9 MAR

25,000

TUES 10 MAR

25,000

WED 11 MAR

35,OOO

THU 12 MAR

25,000

FRI 13 MAR

35,000

MILES

MILES
+ CASH

35,000 MILES

+ $5.00 Taxes

25,000

+ $159 (total price - USD)

 

One-Way Awards

You are able to redeem miles for One-Way Award Tickets.

Miles + Cash

You are able to pay for a flight using a combination of miles and dollars if you don't want to use all of your miles.

ALL NEW AWARD CALENDAR

The improved award calendar is now available with expanded search capabilities and shows the lowest price for the dates you selected.

Sample Award Calendar

SAMPLE AWARD CALENDAR

SUN 05 APR

Mon 06 APR

TUE 07 APR

WED 08 APR

THU 09 APR

FRI 10 APR

SAT 11 APR

32,500
+$11.20
NONSTOP

32,500
+$11.20
NONSTOP

32,500
+$11.20
NONSTOP

32,500
+$11.20
NONSTOP

32,500
+$11.20
NONSTOP

32,500
+$11.20
NONSTOP

32,500
+$11.20
NONSTOP

25,000
+$11.20
NONSTOP

25,000
+$11.20
NONSTOP

25,000
+$11.20
NONSTOP

25,000
+$11.20
NONSTOP

25,000
+$11.20
NONSTOP

25,000
+$11.20
NONSTOP

25,000
+$11.20
NONSTOP

 
 

Comparison Shop

 

Improved flight shopping capabilities are available that make it easier to compare a flight's price in miles vs. money.

MORE THAN JUST FLIGHTS

In addition to Award Travel, you can redeem your miles for a Delta Sky Club® membership, First Class upgrades, exclusive events and destinations with SkyMiles Experiences™ and more.

NO BLACKOUT DATES

 

You can redeem Award Tickets for any Delta Air Lines flight—with no blackout dates.

 
 
 

How To Earn Medallion Status?

Medallion status is earned through a combination of the miles or segments you fly plus your annual spending on Delta flights and on most partner flights.

 

 

 

MILES VS. MQMs       

Redeemable miles earned toward Award Travel differ from Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs). MQMs are used to determine Medallion status and will continue to be based on distance flown.

MQDs

Applicable for U.S. members only, Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs), which measures your annual spending on Delta flights and on most partner flights, are an additional component that is required to earn Medallion status.

ROLLOVER MQMs

MQMs accrued above your earned status threshold continue to roll over to the next qualification year.

BENEFITS

Continue to enjoy benefits like Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades*, waived baggage fees, Priority Check-In and more. Learn more about Medallion benefits here.

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Medallion Qualification Levels

Medallion Qualification Levels

REACH 2016 MEDALLION STATUS THROUGH A COMBINATION
OF MILES OR SEGMENTS FLOWN AND YOUR ANNUAL SPENDING IN 2015 AND REACH 2017 MEDALLION STATUS THROUGH A COMBINATION OF MILES OR SEGMENTS FLOWN AND YOUR ANNUAL SPENDING IN 2016.

FLY THE MINIMUM MQMs or MQSs AND SPEND THE MINIMUM MQDs

To Reach
SILVER

YOU
WILL
NEED

25,000 MQMs
—OR—
30 MQSs

 

AND

 

$3,000
MQDs

To Reach
GOLD

YOU
WILL
NEED

50,000 MQMs
—OR—
60 MQSs

 

AND

$6,000
MQDs

To Reach
PLATINUM

YOU
WILL
NEED

75,000 MQMs
—OR—
100 MQSs

 

AND

$9,000
MQDs

To Reach
DIAMOND

YOU
WILL
NEED

125,000 MQMs
—OR—
140 MQSs

 

AND

$15,000
MQDs

MQD Waiver: The MQDs requirement for the Qualification year will be waived if you make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases in that year with your Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.2

 
 

Terms & Conditions

 

EARNING MILES:

 

Miles are earned toward Award Travel and non-air redemptions and differ from Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) earned toward Medallion status:

 

For Delta-marketed (flight numbers that include the “DL” airline code) or Delta-ticketed (featuring a ticket number beginning with “006”) flights, SkyMiles members will earn miles based on ticket price, at the rate of 5 miles per U.S. Dollar (USD) spent. Ticket price eligible for mileage accrual includes base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees. Members with earned Medallion status will earn an additional Medallion mileage bonus per USD spent based on their status at the time of travel. Silver Medallion members will earn 2 additional miles per USD (for a total of 7 miles per USD). Gold Medallion members will earn 3 additional miles per USD (for a total of 8 miles per USD). Platinum Medallion members will earn 4 additional miles per USD (for a total of 9 miles per USD). Diamond Medallion members will earn 6 additional miles per USD (for a total of 11 miles per USD). Members who receive complimentary Medallion status are not eligible to receive the Medallion mileage bonus for the complimentary Medallion year (excludes members who receive complimentary annual Medallion status through the Million Miler™ program or Choice Benefits gifted Medallion status) unless the member earns Medallion status through the required MQMs or MQSs and MQDs, in which case the mileage bonus for the earned tier is applied. For example, if a member is awarded complimentary Gold Medallion status, then earns Silver Medallion status by earning the required MQMs or MQSs and MQDs, the Silver Medallion mileage bonus will be applied.

 

Miles earned per segment will be calculated based on a prorated amount of the total ticket price eligible for mileage accrual and will not be subject to minimum mileage accrual.  Each passenger will earn a maximum of 75,000 miles per reservation, inclusive of any Medallion mileage bonuses or class-of-service bonuses.  Promotional mileage bonuses will not count toward the 75,000 maximum mileage accrual per person per reservation unless otherwise stated in the promotion’s terms and conditions.

 

For flights marketed or ticketed by Delta and purchased in a currency other than USD, the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges will be converted to USD based on the IATA 5-day currency exchange rate at the time of ticketing. Then the appropriate mileage accrual rate per USD will be applied and miles credited to the member’s SkyMiles account once travel is complete. Additional base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges collected as a result of ticket reissue will be converted to USD, and the appropriate mileage accrual rate applied, based on the IATA 5-day currency exchange rate at the time of reissue.

 

Flights marketed and ticketed by Delta’s partner airlines will earn miles based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class paid as published at delta.com/partnerairlines at the time of travel.

 

For itineraries ticketed by Delta’s partner airlines that contain both partner-marketed segments and Delta-marketed segments, the partner-marketed segments will earn miles based on a percentage of the distance flown as determined by the fare class paid as published at delta.com/partnerairlines at the time of travel, and the Delta-marketed segments will earn miles based on the total base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges prorated as a percentage of total distance flown.

 

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, will earn miles based on a percentage of distance flown as determined by the fare class paid as published at delta.com/exceptionfares at the time of travel.  If an exception fare (as described in the preceding sentence) is eligible for a Medallion mileage bonus, Silver Medallion members will earn a 40% bonus on miles awarded or distance flown (whichever is less), Gold Medallion members will earn a 60% bonus, Platinum Medallion members will earn an 80% bonus and Diamond Medallion members will earn a 120% bonus.

 

For purposes of mileage credit, “distance flown” means the calculated distance between origin and destination, as determined by Delta in its sole discretion, regardless of the actual distance traveled on any individual flight.

 

Award, Miles + Cash, free, barter, pass travel and certain other tickets are not eligible for mileage accrual. Tickets purchased through Pay with Miles will earn miles for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total.

 

All other ancillary purchases or fees do not count toward earning miles, including but not limited to checked baggage fees, Priority Boarding, Delta Sky Club memberships, Wi-Fi passes, in-flight food and beverage purchases, in-flight entertainment, unaccompanied minor fees, pet travel fees, Mileage Booster™ or mileage purchases, ticket change fees, Direct Ticketing Charges (DTC), same-day confirmed or standby fees, Administrative Service Charges (ASC), External Reissue Charges (ERC).

 

Mileage Comparison Calculator is illustrative for Delta-marketed flights only and actual mileage earned may vary.  Any calculations are estimates only, and Delta may without prior notice elect to use alternative methods when calculating mileage earned.  Calculations are based on a round-trip flight and are accurate for non-stop flights only. Mileage estimates for city area codes, such as “NYC” or “CHI”, are approximate and will vary from actual mileage earned for specific airports in that city area. Mileage Comparison Calculator results may be provided for markets that are not served by Delta. The number of miles shown in the Mileage Comparison Calculator does not include additional miles a Card Member may earn on the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card.

 

Miles on Delta Purchases with U.S. Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards from American Express:

 

This offer applies to qualifying Delta, Delta Connection® carrier and Delta Shuttle® flights taken with the purchase of a fare that is eligible for SkyMiles mileage credit. The total ticket price, including base fare, carrier-imposed surcharges and government-imposed taxes and fees is eligible to earn double miles. Offer applies to any Delta-branded purchase where Delta is the merchant of record via delta.com or in flight such as upgrades, miles, seat selection, Delta Sky Club membership or passes, pre-purchased meals, food, beverages and in-flight entertainment. Offer applies to Delta Vacations packages but not other all-inclusive packages. Delta SkyMiles Options Credit Card Members may earn a maximum of one additional mile per dollar spent on Delta purchases with the Card. Offer is subject to change without notice. Bonus miles will be posted to your Delta SkyMiles account 8 to 12 weeks after the end of each month.

 

Miles on Delta Purchases with International Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards:

 

For a list of Delta SkyMiles international credit cards, including associated card benefits, please visit delta.com/internationalcards.

 

REDEEMING MILES:

 

Award Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Partner-operated flights are subject to blackout dates and capacity controls. Partner airline benefits are subject to change and subject to terms and conditions of each partner.

 

Additional fare rules and restrictions may apply to One-Way Awards.

 

Miles + Cash Award Tickets may not be available in all markets, all cabins or to all customers.  Additional fare rules and restrictions may apply. Prices shown are illustrative only. Prices vary by market and are subject to change without notice. Cash portion of Miles + Cash Award Tickets is non-refundable and may be subject to additional taxes and fees. Miles + Cash Award Tickets are not eligible to earn miles, Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) or Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs).

 

All delta.com designs shown are illustrative only.

 

Taxes and fees for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is issued. The payment of any taxes, fees, and other government-, airport- or carrier-imposed charges is the responsibility of the passenger.

 

EARNING MEDALLION STATUS:

 

Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) earned toward Medallion status are based on distance flown and fare class paid as published at delta.com for Delta-marketed or partner-marketed flights. A minimum of 500 MQMs will be awarded per segment for Delta-marketed flights, even if distance flown is less than 500 miles.  Award, Miles + Cash, free, barter, pass travel and other tickets not eligible for mileage accrual do not earn MQMs.

 

2For full terms and conditions for earning Medallion status, Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) and the MQD Waiver, please visit delta.com/mqds.

 

MQD Waiver:  If the Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) threshold is not met for a qualification year, you can still qualify for Medallion status if you have earned the required Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) and make at least $25,000 in Eligible Purchases within that Qualification Year on your Eligible Card. A Qualification Year is from January 1 to December 31 of a given year. The close of the Qualification Year is December 31, without regard to the time of the year that the credit card account is opened. This means that for the first year of Card Membership, the Card Member’s Eligible Purchases period may be less than twelve months.

 

Eligible Purchases means purchases for goods and services minus returns and other credits. Eligible Purchases do not include fees, interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchases of travelers’ checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, or purchases of other cash equivalents.

 

Eligible Purchases made by Additional Card Members on the Basic Card Member’s Eligible Card will count toward the Eligible Purchase threshold. For purposes of calculating the Eligible Purchase threshold, Eligible Purchases will be combined across multiple Eligible Cards of the Basic Card Member if those Card accounts are linked to the same SkyMiles number. Eligible Cards are the following: Delta SkyMiles Options Credit Card, Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card, Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card and Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card from American Express.  This benefit extends to Basic Card Members only (Additional Card Members are not eligible). Offer terms and conditions subject to change.

 

*Basic Economy (E) fares are not eligible for paid or complimentary upgrades, regardless of Medallion or other elite status, for flights flown on or after February 1, 2015.

 

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

 

All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules. Other restrictions may apply. Offers, prices, rules and benefits subject to change without notice.