Program Resources

Get the Most Out of SkyMiles®

SkyMiles is more than just a frequent flyer program, it’s a loyalty program. With so many easy ways to earn and use miles, you can go see the world and experience it like no one else. And the more you go see, the better your travel experience will be with elite Medallion® Benefits – including benefits only Delta offers. With this helpful guide, make sure you’re getting the most out of SkyMiles every single day.
Earning Miles

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.

All SkyMiles Members

Check Back for Bonus Miles: Keep in mind – partners often have limited time offers. Check our SkyMiles Offers page regularly for ways to earn bonus miles.

Medallion Members

  • Hertz car rentals: Earn miles per $1* spent with Hertz by simply booking on

*Excludes taxes, fees, other incidental charges, or other booking charges or any element of the booking which is paid or reduced by redemption vouchers or discount codes.

Using Miles

Every mile you earn brings you closer to all the places you want to go. Turn them into your next trip or so many other rewards. And since miles don't expire, there’s no stopping your curiosity.

Find the best deals on Award Travel

  • Get the latest offers: Be sure to subscribe to Delta emails in My Profile — you’ll be the first to know about the latest offers.
  • How to search for deals:
    • With the ability to search up to 5 weeks at a time – easily compare prices and find the best deal for your Award Trip
    • Check prices often — they can change frequently.
    • Find more flights by using Advanced Search to search “Delta & Partner Airlines” to connect to 1,000+ destinations that you can go to with your miles
  • When to book Award Travel:
    • You will likely find the lowest award prices at least 30 days before departure for domestic travel and 60 days before departure for international
    • Award prices are highest during peak travel days and seasons, holidays and special events
    • Find miles-friendly options during off-peak periods and days, such as Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Get inspired: Follow #SkyMilesLife, opens in a new window on Instagram and check out experiences from real SkyMiles Members to help you plan for your next adventure. 
  • Find the latest deals right now: We've compiled our latest SkyMiles deals on one page and update it constantly—be sure to keep checking back for some of the best deals you can get with your miles.
  • How to get going sooner: Not enough miles for your dream trip? Use Miles + Cash and book an Award Ticket with a combination of miles and money.

Use Miles for So Much More

  • Upgrade Your Seat: Fly completely comfortable when you use your miles to upgrade your seat to a premium cabin experience. Do it yourself while you’re booking your flight or after you have already booked in My Trips on or the Fly Delta app. 
  • Delta Sky Club®: Relax and unwind before your flight when you use your miles to purchase a membership to the Delta Sky Club as a Medallion Member.  Plus, once inside, use miles to treat yourself to a premium drink at THE BAR at Delta Sky Club.
  • Donate: Make a difference with your miles when you donate to any of our SkyWish charities.
  • SkyMiles Experiences®: Get VIP access that money can't buy – including luxury vacations, exclusive sports experiences and celebrity events – when you bid on SkyMiles Experiences, opens in a new window auctions using your miles.
  • Newspapers and magazines: Never miss a headline – use your miles to subscribe to your favorite newspapers, opens in a new window and magazines, opens in a new window.
  • Delta Vacations®: Customize your next getaway with Delta Vacations by choosing from hundreds of destinations and endless activities. Then use miles to complete your booking. Learn more
  • Manage your travel experience: You can use miles instead of money for these products and services when calling Delta Reservations*:

                *To take advantage of these options, contact Delta Reservations at 800-323-2323.

Medallion Benefits

As a loyal Medallion Member, you get exclusive benefits — some of which only Delta offers. Learn how to get the most out of your Medallion Status and the benefits you enjoy.

Exclusive Medallion Member offers: Don’t miss out on offers that are only available to Medallion Members – be sure to opt-in to Delta emails in My Profile.

Complimentary Upgrades

  • Upgrade availability:
    • Empty seats on the seat map do not always mean upgrades will be available at your window; they’re often held to accommodate last-minute bookings.
    • Less busy flights (late evenings and Saturdays) and day-of holiday flights (e.g. Thanksgiving day) usually offer the most opportunities for upgrades
  • Managing your upgrades:
    • Enjoy more flexibility with two ways to manage your upgrades through the seat map:
      • Opt in and get your Complimentary Upgrades automatically with the ability to change your seat through the seat map afterward, or 
      • Opt out and select your upgrades yourself, giving you the ability to only upgrade if your exact desired seat is available (if you are getting Delta Comfort+ upgrades to seats that you don’t prefer, we recommend this option)
    • If you aren’t opted in for automatic Delta Comfort+ Upgrades, you can request a Delta Comfort+ upgrade to any available seat or just a window/aisle seat when checking in for a flight at or an airport kiosk. 
    • If you are opted in for automatic Delta Comfort+ Upgrades, you can select your Seat Preferences for Delta Comfort+ Complimentary Upgrades on an eligible future flight if you were not already cleared into Delta Comfort+. Learn more about Complimentary Upgrades and selecting Seat Preferences for Comfort+, opens in a new window
  • Waiting for your upgrade to clear:
    • Checked-in and still on the upgrade list? You’ll automatically be transferred to the upgrade standby list, which is cleared at the gate. More Members may be added to this list as they check in for the flight.
    • Use the Fly Delta app to view your position on the upgrade list once you check in
    • Many factors can impact your place on the list — check out the clearance priority overview.
    • Next on the list? We’ll do our best to upgrade you when an upgrade becomes available – even if you have already boarded — but please understand our first priority is an on-time departure
  • Traveling with companions:
    • Medallion Members traveling with one companion will clear for Complimentary Upgrades based on the Status of the higher-Tiered Member, as long as the companion is a SkyMiles Member traveling in the same reservation.
    • Companion Upgrades are available on paid tickets, Award Tickets, Miles + Cash tickets and Pay with Miles tickets but must be requested at during the booking process, afterwards in My Trips or during check-in.

Visit Medallion Upgrades for full details.

Choice Benefits  – a Diamond & Platinum Medallion Exclusive

Are you a Diamond or Platinum Medallion Member? If so, you’re eligible for Choice Benefits that enable you to customize your benefits by what matters most to you – whether that is gaining access to the Delta Sky Club, upgrading to a premium cabin using Upgrade Certificates or donating miles to charity. Be sure to select your Choice Benefits before the end of the Medallion Year.

Upgrade Certificates – A Choice Benefit exclusively for Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members

Global Global Upgrade Certificates, available exclusively for Diamond Medallion Members, offer upgrades on both international and domestic flights with Delta and select partner airlines. 

Regional Upgrade Certificates, available for Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members, offer upgrades on the same routes as Medallion Complimentary Upgrades, including all flights with First Class and the domestic Delta One experience.

  • Searching for a seat upgrade?: Planning just got easier with a new feature. You can now check Upgrade Certificate availability for specific flights and cabin experiences while booking on before calling Delta Reservations to apply your Upgrade Certificate.
    • Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members can check availability by:
      • Logging in to
      • Click “book” and enter a search for your desired flight and dates
      • Availability based on cabin will be displayed below the flight details that lists the route and flight times
      • You can click on the text to reveal more information on flight-specific availability
      • Availability displayed on is subject to change, so be sure to call Reservations (1-800-323-2323 in the U.S. or view worldwide phone numbers) when you are ready to apply your Upgrade Certificate with the flight number and your certificate number, which can be found in My Profile under Certificates, eCredits and Vouchers.
  • A few things to keep in mind
    • Effective February 1, 2022 unused, active Upgrade Certificates will be subject to new Upgrade Certificate policies. Before applying your Upgrade Certificate, review the latest guidelines at
    • We take the number of passengers in your search into account when determining availability and will only show that an Upgrade Certificate is available to use if there is availability for your entire party.
    • While availability for flights operated by our partner airlines won’t display on, a Delta Reservations specialist can still check for you.
    • Upgrade availability isn’t always better in advance, and the seat map availability does not necessarily match upgrade availability. This means open seats in the seat map are not always eligible for upgrades, although they might still be available for purchase.
    • This feature is currently only available on and is not available on the Fly Delta app. 
  • On the waitlist? While it’s possible for upgrade requests on the waitlist to be cleared before you get to the gate, it is more likely that they will be cleared at the gate prior to departure. Note that if you are on the waitlist along with multiple travel companions in your reservation, you will only be cleared if there is availability for your entire party; please keep this in mind when adding two or more travel companions to the waitlist. If your certificate doesn’t clear, it will be automatically reissued to your account. Learn more about Waitlisting.
  • Wondering about a date or destination? Due to extremely high demand, fewer upgrades are available during peak days and times, such as holiday travel, and in certain markets with very long flight times, including Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Johannesburg.
  • Finding flights: Upgrade Certificates can be used on any Delta-operated flight and select partner-operated flights.
  • Traveling together: There is no limit to the number of travel companions you can upgrade with an Upgrade Certificate — even if you don’t need to use one for yourself.* In order to upgrade your companions, they must be flying in the same reservation or a linked reservation and each companion will require their own Certificate to be upgraded. To link your reservation, you can call Reservations at 1-800-323-2323 in the U.S. or view worldwide phone numbers. You can also make this request at the airport.

    *When upgrading on Companion Certificates earned through the Delta SkyMiles Reserve or Platinum American Express Card, two Upgrade Certificates will be required to upgrade as the primary ticket holder and the companion must always travel in the same cabin.
  • Enjoying priority:
    • Upgrade Certificates will clear off the waitlist in order of Medallion Tier and then the day/time your request was added to the list.
    • If you’re on the upgrade standby list, Upgrade Certificates receive higher priority than Medallion Complimentary Upgrade requests.
  • Ticket eligibility: Upgrade Upgrade Certificates can be used on paid tickets*, Award Travel tickets and Miles + Cash tickets on Delta-operated flights, Pay with Miles tickets, Companion Certificates and tickets booked as a part of a Delta Vacations® package.
    *Excludes tickets booked in Basic Economy.
  • Redemption period: Any active, unused Upgrade Certificates selected on or before January 31, 2022 will expire January 31, 2023. Effective February 1, 2022 all newly selected Global and Regional Upgrade Certificates will expire at the end of the Medallion Year associated with that Choice Benefit selection. Certificates must be used on flights flown before the expiration date.

Speeding Through Security

Speed through Security with CLEAR Plus featuring preferred rates for SkyMiles Members.

  • What’s CLEAR? CLEAR moves you through security in minutes with a faster experience using your eyes or fingerprint. Watch how CLEAR works, opens in a new window.

  • Enroll today and receive SkyMiles Member-only pricing on your CLEAR Plus Membership (regularly $189 annually), thanks to Delta’s partnership with CLEAR:

    • Diamond Medallion Members: Complimentary

    • Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion Members & Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members: $149 per year

    • General SkyMiles Members: $179 per year
  • CLEAR is available at 55, airports nationwide, including the following cities:
    • Atlanta (ATL)
    • Austin (AUS)
    • Baltimore (BWI)
    • Birmingham (BHM)
    • Boise (BOI)
    • Boston (BOS)
    • Chicago (MDW & ORD)
    • Cleveland (CLE)
    • Columbus (CMH)
    • Cincinnati (CVG)
    • Dallas (DAL & DFW)
    • Denver (DEN)
    • Detroit (DTW)
    • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
    • Greenville (GSP)
    • Hartford (BDL)
    • Houston (HOU & IAH)
    • Kansas City (MCI)
    • Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Los Angeles (LAX & LGB)
    • Miami (MIA)
    • Milwaukee (MKE)
    • Minneapolis (MSP)
    • Nashville (BNA)
    • New Orleans (MSY)
    • New York (BUF, EWR, HPN, JFK, LGA)
    • Oakland (OAK)
    • Oklahoma City (OKC)
    • Ontario (ONT)
    • Orlando (MCO)
    • Palm Springs (PSP)
    • Phoenix (PHX)
    • Providence (PVD)
    • Puerto Rico (SJU)
    • Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
    • Sacramento (SMF)
    • Salt Lake City (SLC)
    • San Antonio (SAT)
    • San Diego (SAN)
    • San Francisco (SFO)
    • San Jose (SJC)
    • Seattle (SEA)
    • St. Louis (STL)
    • Tulsa (TUL)
    • Washington D.C. (DCA & IAD)
    • West Palm Beach (PBI)

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Terms & Conditions

SkyMiles Program: All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption, travel benefits and Medallion Benefits. To review the rules, visit Membership Guide & Program Rules.

Partner Offers & Airlines: Partner offers and partner airline benefits subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer and each partner. Partners are subject to change. Product offerings and benefits are subject to change and to applicable terms and conditions.

Amex: Terms apply visit Delta SkyMiles Amex Cards

Lyft: Terms and conditions apply, opens in a new window

Airbnb: Terms apply, opens in a new window

Delta Sky Club: All Delta Sky Club rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Delta Sky Club.

SkyWish: All SkyWish terms apply. Visit Donate Miles for details.

SkyMiles Experiences: All SkyMiles Experiences terms apply. For full terms and conditions, see the SkyMiles Experiences User Agreement, opens in a new window

SkyMiles Shopping: Terms of mileage offers from SkyMiles Shopping, opens in a new window merchants may vary; terms and exclusions may apply. Please see the offer terms provided for your selected merchant.

SkyMiles Dining: Please note that some restaurants offer rewards only on certain days of the week or up to a maximum spending amount per month. For complete program Terms and Conditions, guidelines and restrictions, and the latest rewards calendar, visit SkyMiles Dining, opens in a new windowOther limitations may apply. Terms and Conditions are subject to change.

Choice Benefits: All Choice Benefit terms and conditions apply. For full terms and conditions, visit Choice Benefits.

CLEAR: Effective February 1st, 2023, all SkyMiles members enrolled in CLEAR Plus will renew at the above rates. This price change continues to offer significant savings compared to the standard CLEAR Plus membership rate. To review the rules and Member-only pricing offer terms, please visit CLEAR in the Member Guide. please visit CLEAR in the Member Guide.

Delta Cruises: All Delta Cruises terms apply. For full terms and conditions, see Delta Cruises T&Cs