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Delta SkyMiles cheat sheet for using your miles

by on Mon December 18, 2017 • 66 Comments

If you’re new to Delta SkyMiles, or don’t spend a lot of time thinking about them, here is a cheat sheet with the least you need to know to get the most out of your miles.

You’ll be prepared for fees, know where to look, and where to get extra miles when you need them.

Airlines you can book and where to find award space

Delta has really improved its website for award bookings, and you can now search and book nearly every SkyMiles partner on Just choose ‘show price in miles’ when you search for flights there.

The holdouts are small partners Czech Airlines, TAROM, Xiamen Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, and Hawaiian Airlines. Here’s a full list of the airlines you can book and where to search for space:

RegionAirlineWhere to check award spaceFuel surcharges
AfricaKenya AirwaysDelta.comYes
AsiaChina AirlinesDelta.comYes
AsiaChina EasternDelta.comYes
AsiaChina SouthernDelta.comYes
AsiaGaruda IndonesiaDelta.comNone
AsiaKorean AirlinesDelta.comNone
AsiaVietnam AirlinesDelta.comNone
AsiaXiamen AirlinesAirFrance.usNone
EuropeAir EuropaDelta.comYes
EuropeAir FranceDelta.comTickets starting in Europe
EuropeAlitaliaDelta.comTickets starting in Europe
EuropeCzech AirlinesAirFrance.usYes
EuropeKLMDelta.comTickets starting in Europe
EuropeVirgin AtlanticDelta.comTickets starting in Europe
Middle EastMiddle East AirlinesDelta.comYes
Middle EastSaudia AirlinesDelta.comNone
North AmericaAlaska AirlinesDelta.comNone
North AmericaHawaiian Airlines (within Hawaii only)HawaiianAir.comNone
PacificAir Tahiti NuiExpertFlyer.comYes
PacificVirgin AustraliaDelta.comNone
South AmericaAerolineas ArgentinasDelta.comNone
South AmericaAeromexicoDelta.comNone
South AmericaGOL AirlinesDelta.comNone

Tip: Search one segment at a time for flights, and consider calling in and asking the agent to check the ‘Flights Window’ to see more specific flight options.

How much do awards cost?

Delta no longer publishes award price charts, so the price you pay for awards can change at any time. That said, we’ve compiled the typical lowest price for awards here, though for domestic awards you might find even cheaper awards, often as low as 7,500 miles. All the numbers you see in this table are prices for one-way flights to and from the U.S. For a roundtrip, just double the price.

Within US5,000 - 12,50025,000
Mexico / Caribbean17,50030,000
Northern South America22,50040,000
Southern South America30,00075,000
Europe30,00070,000 (85,000 partner)
Middle East35,000 (42,500 partner)84,000 (85,000 partner)
North Africa35,000 (42,500 partner)70,000 (85,000 partner)
South Africa40,000 (50,000 partner)94,000 (115,000 partner)
India40,000 (50,000 partner)96,000 (120,000 partner)
Southeast Asia40,000 (50,000 partner)80,000 (95,000 partner)
North Asia35,000 (40,000 partner)80,000 (95,000 partner)
Japan35,000 (40,000 partner)80,000 (95,000 partner)
Australia / New Zealand45,000 (55,000 partner)94,000 (115,000 partner)

Delta is notorious for raising award prices without notice, so if you see something you like, book it sooner, rather than later.

Fuel surcharges: Beware that awards which start in Europe can carry substantial fuel surcharges. For example, if you buy a Paris to New York roundtrip award in Business Class you’ll be hit with over $500 in fees and taxes. But if you do a New York to Paris award (starting in the U.S., instead of Europe) you’ll just pay about $100 in taxes on the same flights.

Delta calls this an ‘International Originating Surcharge’ and is figuring if you’re booking an award starting in Europe, you probably live there, and all of the frequent flier programs in Europe impose big fuel surcharges on award tickets. It’s a lousy reason to charge the fees, but one they get away with.

Delta also imposes fuel surcharges on awards starting in the U.S. with Aeroflot, China Eastern, China Southern, and China Airlines. The China surcharges are pretty reasonable, while the Aeroflot surcharges can be over $300.

Mileage discounts. Delta doesn’t have better award space for its elite Medallion members anymore, but it sometimes gives SkyMiles credit card holders and Medallion members early access to mileage price sales, so it’s worth logging into your account when you search.

What are award change and booking fees?

  • Close-in fee: None.
  • Change date: $150
  • Change airlines: $150
  • Change origin/destination cities: $150
  • Cancel and redeposit miles: $150. You must cancel at least 72 hours before your departure time or else you’ll lose the miles and the ticket can’t be changed.

What are the best award values?

Good value award space on Delta’s own flights can be hard to find, but its international partners have some opportunities to get good value out of your SkyMiles:

  • i class=”fa fa-check-circle-o”>One of the best deals with Delta miles is to buy Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy tickets from Delta, and upgrade them to Upper Class (Virgin’s Business Class) for 25,000 miles each way. Virgin’s Premium Economy ‘G’ class fares are upgradable with Delta miles, and they often run about $1,200 roundtrip to the U.K. from the U.S., so you can score a Business Class seat for $1,200 plus 50,000 miles roundtrip.
  • Business Class seats to Europe for 70,000 miles one way on Delta Transatlantic flights, including trips with a partner connection in Europe like Atlanta – Paris (Delta) – Rome (Air France). Flights that use a partner like Air France or Virgin Atlantic across the ocean cost 85,000 miles one way.
  • Business Class to Asia for 80,000 miles one way on Delta’s own flights. Partners like Korean, China Southern, and China Eastern cost 95,000 miles.
  • You should also keep an eye open for award sales. Delta runs discounts on award tickets once a month to featured destinations, and these are a good opportunity to lock in a better value.

Can you upgrade with miles?

Yes you can, though for flights June 1st and onward the prices are really, really bad. To the point that you’re better off just booking an award ticket without paying cash and miles to upgrade.

Here are the prices to upgrade by destination for travel starting in the mainland U.S. The letters you see are the fare code for the ticket you purchase. Y/B/M tend to be the most expensive Economy fares, and cost less in miles to upgrade while L/U/T tend to be some of the cheaper Economy fares, and cost more in miles to upgrade.

Domestic / Canada

  • Y/B/M: 15,000 miles
  • S/H/Q/K: 20,000 miles
  • L/U/T: 30,000 miles

JFK-LAX/SFO Transcon

  • Y/B/M: 25,000 miles
  • S/H/Q/K: 30,000 miles
  • L/U/T: 35,000 miles


  • Y/B/M: 30,000 miles
  • S/H/Q/K: 35,000 miles
  • L/U/T: 55,000 miles

Europe, Southern South America, North Asia

  • Y/B/M: 60,000 miles
  • S/H/Q/K: 80,000 miles
  • Virgin Atlantic flights (G – Premium Economy fare): 25,000 miles to/from the U.K. for an upgrade to Upper Class (business class) – this might be one of the best uses of Delta miles. You need to purchase the Virgin Atlantic ticket from Delta, as a Delta flight number, which you can do on

Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa

  • Y/B/M: 80,000 miles
  • S/H/Q/K: 115,000 miles

Caribbean / Central America

  • Y/B/M: 15,000 miles
  • S/H/Q/K: 20,000 miles
  • L/U/T: 30,000 miles

Northern South America

  • Y/B/M: 30,000 miles
  • S/H/Q/K: 45,000 miles
  • L/U/T: 50,000 miles

Tip: If an upgrade isn’t available you can be placed on a waitlist to clear if upgrade space opens later on. Waitlists for mileage upgrades officially don’t transfer to the airport if you don’t clear by 3 hours before your departure time, but sometimes you can have luck calling reservations and having the agent put your waitlist request on the airport list, so you have a chance of clearing.

Options when you can’t find low price award space

Unfortunately you can’t waitlist for award space if the type you want isn’t available. You’ll have to keep checking and book when you see space open up.

Tip: If you see partner flights that are pricing too high, it might be because one part of the trip is in Economy Class and one part is in Business Class. You might have luck calling Delta and asking if they can check the price using the ‘flights window’ to manually price it.

Tip: If you have a SkyMiles credit card you can use a feature called ‘Pay with Miles’ – you can read about it here. That lets you use miles to pay for some or all of a flight at a rate of one cent per mile. So 10,000 miles gets you $100 off a flight. It’s not the greatest deal, but you do get full Medallion Qualifying credit when you book tickets using Pay with Miles, and it sometimes costs less than inflated Delta SkyMiles award prices.

What stopovers are allowed?

Delta no longer allows stopovers on award tickets, though you can have a connection of up to 24 hours in a city outside the U.S. or in a U.S. city if it’s your connecting point from an international flight.

What routing is allowed?

Here are some of the most important:

  • To reach Africa you can only connect in Europe.
  • To reach India you can connect in either Europe or Asia.
  • To reach Australia you can go via Asia or direct flights from the U.S.
  • To reach Asia you need to go via the Pacific to get the lowest price. You can fly via Europe but you’ll pay a higher award price.

Can you hold an award seat?

Delta doesn’t allow holding award seat reservations without deducting miles.

Alternative miles to book Delta flights

If you’re short on SkyMiles, you can book Delta flights using miles other than Delta SkyMiles.

Any SkyMiles partner’s miles can access the basic  level award seats, which opens up a few options to book Delta flights without using SkyMiles. The catch is most except Alaska MileagePlan will charge you fuel surcharges for flights to Europe.

Note: While you can book Delta flights with these partner airline miles, you can’t combine these miles with your existing SkyMiles.

Economy Class seats come from ‘X’ class, and Business Class seats come from ‘O’ class, while First Class seats come from ‘R’ class.

  • Korean Skypass (award chart) is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner and generally charges the same or fewer miles as SkyMiles for the same flights, though you can only book round trip awards.
  • Air France Flying Blue (award chart)  is a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou and American Express Membership Rewards.
  • Alitalia Mille Miglia (award chart)  is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards.
  • Alaska MileagePlan(award chart) is a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest and only allows round trip awards.

What hotel points can you transfer from?

You can convert your hotel points into SkyMiles miles any time with no charge for the conversion. Every hotel program has a different conversion rate, and to make it easier to understand, we’ve calculated conversion rates needed for a single mile.

  • Marriott Rewards (rate varies from 5 points = 1 mile to 2.8 points = 1 mile depending on how many points you transfer – conversion rates are here)
  • Starwood Preferred Guest (1 point = 1 mile with an extra 5,000 miles when you convert 20,000 points)
  • Hilton HHonors (6.7 points = 1 mile)
  • IHG Club (5 points = 1 mile)
  • Club Carlson: (10 points = 1 mile)
  • Hyatt Gold Passport (2.5 points = 1 mile; extra 5,000 mile bonus when you convert 50,000 points)
  • Choice Privileges: (5 points = 1 mile)
  • Wyndham Rewards: (5 points = 1 mile)

Note: Be aware that most of the time there’s a minimum number of points you can transfer, usually 5,000 points or more which are listed here,but the numbers above will give you a sense of how far your hotel points can go.

What credit cards earn SkyMiles?



Business: All three personal cards have Business versions with identical features.

Via Transfer

All Membership Rewards earning cards and the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express earn points you can transfer into Delta SkyMiles any time at 1 point = 1 mile. With Starwood you also get a 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points you transfer, though transfers can take a few days, while Membership Rewards transfers are generally instant.

How do you transfer miles?

You have to pay if you want to transfer miles from your account to someone else, and Delta charges $10 for every 1,000 miles you transfer, or 1 cent each. You can transfer a maximum of 150,000 miles out of your account each year, and a recipient can receive a maximum of 300,000 miles per year. Each transfer transaction has to be 30,000 miles or less.

It’s not a terrible deal, but if you can, you’re better off booking an award for someone else from your own account, since you can use your miles to book tickets for anyone you’d like, even if you’re not traveling.

Do SkyMiles expire?

Delta miles never expire.

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66 thoughts on Delta SkyMiles cheat sheet for using your miles

  1. glenn

    Get extra miles by getting a gold Delta American Express Card. No fee for first year and 60K miles. Contact me at gcorbin at for a referral that beats the regular deal.

  2. Susan

    I haven’t been able to find information about dollar value for skymiles points to put towards future airline ticket cost. I have 24000 Delta SM points. Can you please let me know the dollar amount and if there is anywhere which explains the conversion amounts for earned skymiles.

  3. Susan

    I cannot find information which explains the dollar discount amount for 24000 Delta skymiles points. Can you please let me know and also if miles to dollar conversions are listed anywhere. Thanku.

  4. Tj

    Since we are “hub captives” (flying between DLH, MSP, SLC and AMS mostly, and want direct from MSP flights), Delta flights or Codeshared once’s, are our only option. Is there utility in using FlyingBlue miles(whic can be collected in ways that Skymiles can’t) or other options from Chase UR to get on the Delta flights?

  5. Melvin J Lerner

    Have Delta Sky miles and some AM Ex Pts but am still short 100,000 pts. or miles to book my flight. Is there way for my son to transfer AM EX Pts. to my AM EX card or to my Delta Sky miles card to give me the additional miles I need

  6. MLBguy

    Hello, I was looking at one way flights from London (LGW) to Seattle (I already booked my other flights through 2 other airlines SEA-DBV and DBV-LGW). I booked 2 one way flights on Delta miles. Is 60,000 miles each (total 120k) for one way too much in July? Or should I book through a different airline?

  7. Wannafly for free

    How many sky miles are needed to fly from NY-Orlando round trip for 5 people? (4 adults 1 child)
    I currently have 69,000


      @Sofia – Depends on the flight and day, but starts at around 60,000 miles and goes up from there.

  8. Scuba Bum

    Hello, I have read conflicting reports about how to use our delta miles. Is 35,000 miles for a RT to the Bahamas from Idaho an ok deal? We require 3 flights from our home airport, and are travelling in high season. Thank you!

  9. Madeline

    I just booked award travel to Sydney on Delta via Virgin Australia. I used 110K points round trip. When choosing my seat, it allowed me to select in the Premium Economy section. Is this correct? Will I get to the airport and have them re-assign me to a different seat?

  10. Sawlye

    Special Offer ends 01/31/2018. Delta Amex still offering 70k bonus on the Platinum card.


    Reward details: 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after they use their new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months and a $100 statement credit after they make a Delta purchase with their new Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

  11. Jim

    If I have both the personal and business platinum amex cards, and get the mileage boosts for both of them (10,000 miles and 10,000 MQM’s) twice per year with $50,000 spend on each card—-can I then apply for the reserve card and get the boosts on that as well? Or can I even get the initial sign up offer on the reserve card if I have both platinum cards? Or do I need to cancel one of the platinum cards and sign up for the reserve card to replace it to then get the 15,000/15,000 mqm boosts twice per year?

  12. Jenny

    I want to buy two tickets to NZ today from Seattle and would love to take advantage of some free credit/miles to make this happen. Willing to open a credit card or two. Already have gold card amex, but only 4000 miles. We also have a Chase Freedom card with $1000 in points on it.

  13. Gary Horne

    My wife and I both got the Delta Gold cards with 50000 bonus miles. If I buy us both RT tickets to Paris from Seattle on my card can I then us both our miles to upgrade both our seats? I think I read that you can only upgrade using the card used for purchasing the flights.


      @Gary Horne: According to Delta’s website: “If your reservation is eligible, you’ll see the option to Upgrade with Miles in your Trip Summary before you complete your purchase.”

      When you purchase your tickets, you should see the option to upgrade your tickets with miles IF you have enough miles to cover both upgrades on the same itinerary. If you do not have the miles to upgrade both tickets, or upgrades are not available, you won’t have that option.

      This means your options are to either have you and your wife book separate tickets and use your separate miles to book your flights, or combine both of your miles into one account. If you transfer all miles into one account, you would pay $530 in additional fees ($0.01 per mile and a $30 processing fee), but you could stay on the same itinerary in the event something goes wrong. If you book separately, you could both upgrade and save on fees, but potentially face the possibility of being split up in the event of an anomaly.

      Does that answer your question? Let us know if you need additional help!

      1. Laura

        Hello! On a similar note, if I get the Skymiles Gold Card, and my fiancé and I have different Delta skymiles accounts, can I pay for his flights with my card, then I get the bonus miles but since he’s flying he keeps the flight miles?

  14. Lynn Swan

    I have 365,000 Skymiles and my husband has 83,000 Skymiles. We would like to use these miles for round trip flights to either Paris or Amsterdam. A couple things. Are there particular Delta airline partners that require less miles than others? Also, if we wish to fly first class, is there an advantage to paying for coach/main cabin and then using miles for upgrading?
    Thanks, Lynn


      @Lynn Swan: Delta has dynamic pricing for all flights booked with SkyMiles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal. With SkyMiles, you can book flights aboard Delta, Air France or KLM – but finding award availability on Air France and KLM may be a little challenging. Your best best may be to start by searching for flights in Delta One from your home airport to Amsterdam or Paris on the Delta website, and selecting the 5-week view under “flexible dates” in the advanced search to get the best options. If partner awards are available, they will show with the airline’s code (AF for Air France, KL for KLM). Generally speaking, Delta offers the lowest cost in miles for their flights, but booking a multi-stop ticket may sometimes be cheaper in miles than booking a traditional round-trip – especially if you are looking for partner awards.

      If you want to book on Air France or KLM, you will only be able to get business-class seats: Air France only allows first class awards to select elites, while KLM only offers a World Business class. If you want to upgrade with miles, your choices are limited to select Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic flights. You can find all the rules on upgrading with miles at Delta’s website:

  15. Patricia

    I️ am going to be short 5,000 miles from becoming Gold on Delta by December 31st. Is there any way to obtain additional MQM miles?


      @Patricia: If you don’t have the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card, you could earn 5,000 Medallion® Qualifying Miles through opening an account. Under the current promotion, you can earn 5,000 MQMs and 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.

  16. Joan E. Birdsong

    I have closed out my Delta credit card. I have 3269 skymiles left and would like to donate them to St. jUDES. How would I go about this?

  17. Amy

    Two questions:
    1. In the article you say: “Mileage discounts. Delta doesn’t have better award space for its elite Medallion members anymore, but it sometimes gives SkyMiles credit card holders and Medallion members early access to mileage price sales, so it’s worth logging into your account when you search.”
    Are you talking about logging into your Skymiles credit card account or just your regular Skymiles account?

    2. “You should also keep an eye open for award sales. Delta runs discounts on award tickets once a month to featured destinations, and these are a good opportunity to lock in a better value.”
    Are these discounts just featured on the Delta website once a month or do you have to look somewhere special?



      @Amy – 1) Regular SkyMiles account on, and 2) they show up automatically, no special section to check.

  18. Ryan Follin

    yes, i went to the delta website and am wanting to go to medellin, colombia. first, does delta fly to medellin? I can fly to bogota (which is a delta flight) but i cannot seem to select the miles option for payment. I can get the fight to bogota queued up but when I click on miles, it says:

    “Uh-oh! We’re sorry, but no results were found for your search. Some of our flights only operate seasonally or on select days of the week. Try using the nearby airport search or flexible date option. If you are still unable to find a suitable flight, please call Delta Reservations at 800-221-1212. #101639A”

    Whats going on?


      @Ryan – Strange – they don’t fly to MDE, but for BOG if you’re having trouble try calling 1-888-750-3284. There might be an option involving its partner Aeromexico to MDE as well.

  19. Rob

    I have Y, delta stock ticket going from the US to TPE that connects at LAX on China Airlines. Can I use Delta miles to upgrade to business? Also how many Delta miles for business upgrade on flights from the US to TPE, flying all delta?


      @Rob – If it truly is a ‘Y’ basis full economy fare (which is often more expensive than business class) – then yes that is possible if there’s upgrade inventory via the SkyTeam upgrade option. Call Delta to check on that.

      As for upgrading to TPE all Delta…they don’t fly to TPE any more, so you’d have to consider an upgrade for part of the trip, like to Tokyo. That would cost about 60,000 miles one way unless you’re on a full fare, in which case it’s 35,000 miles.

  20. Bryce Davis

    I would like to use my Skymiles to purchase a RT ticket for my girlfriend from SSA to TPA near the end of Oct 17. 4-5 day stay. 1. Is this possible? 2. How many miles will it cost for coach vs 1st class? Thank you.

  21. Shelley

    Can we use miles to fly to Cancun? If so how many miles is it per ticket? We are looking for a family of four to travel in Feb 2018. Can we use a companion ticket?


      @Shelley – Yes, you can – the number of miles can vary a lot depending on the flight you pick. But it will probably be over 30,000 miles per person roundtrip. You can check prices by doing a flight search on your dates on, and choose ‘Miles’ as the option. Unfortunately you can’t use the companion ticket to Mexico.

  22. Lisa Richardson

    How many miles would it take to fly to NYC and back from SLC? And is it beneficial to do one way tickets each way?


      @Lisa – Depends on the flights you pick – it can be anywhere from around 25,000 miles to much higher, and sometime lower. You can check by searching on and choosing ‘Miles’ as the option. There’s no special benefit to doing one way tickets – they are exactly half the price of a round trip.

  23. Julie

    We are looking for 3 Adults to travel Multi-City – ending up in Marrakech, Morroco. We are open to finding this route by using the fewest miles. We would like to Depar on 12/25/17 from MSP (unless its cheaper to fly to another us location to fly out) to Somewhere in Europe – ? and then a flight to RAK or somewhere in Morroco? We would like to possibly spend about 4 days somewhere in Europe and tour there and then get to Marrakech – so probably depart Europe place on 12/30 or 12/31. We would then need to fly back to US on 1/5/18. Also let me know if its less miles/cheaper to fly direct from MSP (or somewhere else in US) to RAK? Please let me know your thoughts. Any questions, send me an email.


      @Julie – You can fly MSP-AMS for 60k miles per person on 12/25, returning 1/5 roundtrip. There’s just not much award space to/from Morocco, but you can book tickets from Amsterdam to RAK for around $350 per person on your dates using cash.

  24. Buster

    Yesterday I booked 2 rt tickets for my wife and I from Mem to Mco. During the booking I was asked if I wanted to upgrade to first class using cash or miles. Since I had enough miles I chose the miles. When I went to check out, the total was how much it would have been if I had chosen cash. Why?


      @Buster – Not sure, but when you choose that option with miles it’s not a great deal. Basically works out to one penny per mile in value (so, 5,000 miles gets you $50 in value). You can sometimes do better than that saving up your miles for a full award ticket.

  25. holly

    Hi! I am new to all of this. My husband currently has 53,000 points on Amex skymiles card. We want to book two roundtrip tickets for 35,000 miles each. If I get an amex myself and get the introductory 30,000 miles, can we combine our miles to get to the 70,000 to get the two tickets since we would have 83,000 miles combined? If not, what is the best way for me to get the extra 5,000 aside from spending $5,000? Thanks!


      @holly – Not quite. But what you could do is book one roundtrip with his account using 35,000 miles. Then book one way of the 2nd ticket with his account for 17,500 miles.

      Then, book the remaining one way of the 2nd ticket with whatever miles you earn – 17,500.

      One way tickets are half the price of round trips when you use miles.

  26. Deborah A. Waddell

    how many bonus air line points do i need to fly first class with delta and which card is best for that



      Where are you trying to fly in First Class? The price depends on where you’re headed. Whenever the Delta Gold or Platinum Amex cards have a 50k or better intro deal, that’s a good time to open one.

  27. caffadact

    I’ve been searching for sometime now and cannot find an answer. Can I use Skymiles to book Korean Air (Skypass)?


      @caffadact – You can use SkyMiles to book Korean Airlines flights – just search on to see if Korean flights are available with miles on the days you want to fly. But you can’t add SkyMiles to your Korean Skypass account. Those are separate.

      1. caffadact

        Thanks for your super fast response! Appreciate it. The problem is, I want to use the Skymiles to book a flight to Hawaii with the Korean Air award chart (25K vs 45K). Will that be possible?


          @caffadact – Unfortunately no, you’ll need to use Korean’s own miles to take advantage of the Korean Air award chart.

  28. trish

    So I have 50,000k skymiles. I am trying to get my niece and her daughter flights using my miles. Is there any way to get their flights booked using my miles with out transferring or gifting? It would end up costing more to do that then the actual flight. I am at my wits end with Delta. I even drove to the airport today to try and get tickets and they said they couldn’t help and only reservations could. I have given up on them with being transferred and never getting anywhere. Also, not getting anywhere with their contact us via email option either. i promised my niece this trip, she has gone through way to much with cancer lately and needs something for her and her daughter to look forward to.
    Any Ideas or help would greatly be appreciated..


      @trish – Sorry to hear about the hassle. You can book a ticket in the name of anyone you’d like using your miles. Just go to, choose ‘Show price in miles’ when you look for flights, and you can book there. 50k might not be enough for 2 tickets, but you should be able to take care of one.

      1. trish

        Just wanted to thank you and that I was able to get the tickets online and after speaking to online support. Although I did have to tell them that yes you can purchase a ticket with both miles and money. They said it couldn’t be done. I said well, I am looking at it on my screen (child was flying so, hence the call) and it shows the miles and the amount I need to pay. She had to get her supervisor after I told her to look it up on their website where she saw it. Lesson: don’t take “no: for an answer.

  29. Scott

    I have Skypass miles with Korean Air from my time in the service. I know I will probably never fly their airline ever again, so is it possible to convert those miles over to Delta since they’re partner airlines?

  30. Tony

    I’m trying to book at trip for the family using mostly delta skymile.
    My wife has 300K. I have 150K. We can get tickets for 50K (flying to Hawaii).

    1. We plan on paying for the others cash…. can we get these tied together?
    2. Should my wife (who usually earns silver) fly on a paid ticket?
    3. This is my first time booking awards. Does my wife or I need to be on the award part of the tickets?

    Thanks for any help!



      @Tony – You can book the award tickets for anyone you’d like. You or your wife don’t need to be on the award part of the tickets.

      As for whether your wife should fly on a paid ticket – if it will get her over the threshold for Silver status for next year, or to Gold status, then it might be worthwhile.

      And you can ask Delta to link the reservations among the award and paid tickets so if there is a delay and you need to be rerouted the phone agent will be aware.

  31. Candy Short

    I have purchased round-trip Premium Economy tickets with Delta for an Alitalia operated flight from LAX to Rome.
    Tickets are a W.

    I would like to be able to upgrade them to Business Class using miles. I have plenty of Delta Miles
    but have no miles in my Alitalia Millemiglia club account due to the fact that I just joined.

    Is there any way to move the Delta Miles to the Millemiglia club since they are partners? If not,
    would I be able to have them moved at the time of check in if there is space available in Business

    Perhaps this is a Delta flight after all, and I wouldn’t have to worry about Alitalia’s club?


      @Candy – Unfortunately you can’t use your Delta miles to upgrade Alitalia flights – and can’t send them over to an Alitalia account.

      Alitalia could let you upgrade with its own miles but unfortunately they require you to buy the ticket as an Alitalia ticket (ticket numbers from Alitalia start with ‘055’ rather than the ‘006’ of Delta issued tickets).

      Yes, this is terribly complicated and poorly explained by the airlines

      The good news is Alitalia’s premium economy is a very comfortable service. And perhaps they will have a cash upgrade option at the airport, but don’t count on it.

  32. Lydia Lane

    Hi. I have 51,000 points with AMEX Gold card. I don’t want to book a flight through their Membership portal. I think the better value is direct with Delta. Is that correct? How would I go about paying for a round trip fare with AMEX points?

  33. Diamond Vargas

    According to your “Fuel Surcharge Award Cheat Sheet 2015” post from July 28, Delta awards incur fuel surcharges on all Czech and Air Europa flights — not just those starting in Europe — and on Tarom, Kenya, Middle East, and Air Tahiti Nui flights in general. Might be worth updating one or the other to make sure they’re consistently accurate.


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