How to Earn Miles

Get Miles and Go See the World

With SkyMiles, you do more than travel. You go places. Get miles when you fly or for things you already do every day at home. And then turn them into your next trip or reward.

When you join and fly, you'll earn miles to use for flights & more

Miles When You Fly: How to Earn on Flights

One trip leads to the next when you’re a SkyMiles Member. Get miles* when you travel or for things you already do every day at home. 

  1. When you book a flight, enter your SkyMiles number
  2. On Delta-marketed flights in Main Cabin or above, earn 5 miles for each $1 spent on your ticket*
  3. On partner flights and with certain exception fares, you’ll earn miles differently
  4. Earn even more when you achieve Medallion Status - up to 11 miles per $1 spent*
  5. Earn more miles on every vacation package with Delta Vacations – up to 10,000 bonus miles in addition to flight miles**
  6. Remember: miles are earned by the Member who is flying (whose name and SkyMiles number are listed on the ticket) regardless of who purchased the flight

*Most, but not all paid tickets earn miles. Ticket price eligible to earn miles includes base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges, but excludes government-imposed taxes and fees.

**Terms apply. All SkyMiles Program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Bonus miles do not count toward Medallion Status or Million Miler™ Status. Offer subject to change without notice; other restrictions may apply. Offers void where prohibited by law.

Earn Miles When You Use a Delta SkyMiles® American Express Card

Every eligible purchase is fuel for your next journey with a Delta SkyMiles Amex Card. As a Card Member, you’ll earn miles for each swipe

Earn 3 miles per dollar on Delta purchases using your Delta SkyMiles ® Reserve Amex Card or Delta SkyMiles ® Platinum Amex Card

Earn miles on everyday purchases‡ 

No cap on the miles you can earn‡ 

Miles Every Day: Earn with SkyMiles Partners

It’s easy to turn your everyday into anywhere by earning miles with the brands you know and love. Watch your miles add up faster when you book accommodations, request rides, shop, dine and more.


Earn 1 mile per $1* spent at participating Starbucks stores, plus double Stars on days you travel with Delta.


Earn 2 miles per $1* spent on all airport rides and 1 mile per $1* going everywhere else in the U.S. Plus, new Lyft riders can get 50% off your first 2 U.S. rides, up to $10 per ride.
*Terms and exclusions apply.