Delta Airlines SkyMiles Calculators

Delta SkyMiles Calculators for determining the cash value based on redemption. List of Delta travel partners and details on how to earn SkyMiles in Canada.

Program Details

Delta Airlines has more than 310 destinations across 54 countries/territories. They operate more than 5,400 flights daily with 8 primary hubs in the United States.

Delta's official headquarters and largest hub is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL). This is their main gateway to both Latin America and the Caribbean. Delta also has several other hubs scattered amongst the US:

  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

SkyTeam Alliance

Delta is part of the Skyteam Alliance. This allows you to use SkyMiles to book award travel on alliance airlines through the Delta website. The Skyteam Alliance consists of:

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas
  • Aeroméxico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Saudia
  • TAROM
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Airlines

Credit Card Rewards Calculators

There are no co-branded credit cards for those based in Canada. If you want to earn Delta SkyMiles you'll have to do so using Delta's transfer partners which mostly consists of hotel chains, but luckly the American Express Membership Rewards Program is a direct transfer partner. This means it should be relatively easy to accumulate SkyMiles on everyday spend. You can calculate how many Delta SkyMiles you can earn with partner credit cards by changing the earning preference to Delta SkyMiles.

Compare credit cards side by side based on spend, benefits and fees. You can set partner cards to reflect transfer ratios too!

You can compare the results side by side any credit cards featured on the site to find out which earns you the most rewards and the best return. If cookies are enabled, all spend entered (primary/first column only) will carry over to all credit card calculators on the website.

Redeeming Rewards & Cash Value

Delta SkyMiles are best used for award flights with Delta and their SkyTeam partners. SkyMiles can also be redeemed for hotels, car rentals, cruises, gift cards, and merchandise. Delta also features flash sales on a consistent basis which can get you some great value for those planning trips on the fly.

Transfer Partners

Since there's no co-branded Delta credit cards available to Canadian residents, the best option for earning SkyMiles on everyday spend is by using transfer partner credit cards. Your best option is going to be the American Express Membership Rewards Program which offers several options for earning Delta SkyMiles at a pretty decent rate. The best option for most will be the American Express Cobalt Card due to it's high earnings on both restaurant and grocery spend which comes out to earning 3.75 Delta SkyMiles per $1 spent after transferring points. It also features the categories of general travel purchases, transportation, and gas station which can earn you 1.5 Delta SkyMiles per $1 spent.

The Delta SkyMiles Transfer Calculator below will calculate the transfer of rewards from other programs to Delta SkyMiles. It will output the amount of points or miles needed in the partnering programs that equals the value you entered into the field.

Earning Miles With Partner Credit Cards

All of the credit cards listed in the table below allow you to earn rewards and transfer them directly to your Delta SkyMiles Account. The earning rates listed are based on the transfer ratio when converting rewards to Delta SkyMiles.

Transfer Partner Credit Cards

You can click on a credit card below to learn more and calculate total value based on spend, card benefits, and fees.
The card section above may be scrollable.

Earning Rewards

Delta SkyMiles are primarily earned flying Delta Airlines, SkyTeam Alliance partners, and select other airlines. You can also earn SkyMiles booking travel such as cruises and hotels, paying energy bills, and shopping online.

Delta Airline Partners

Delta is part of the SkyTeam alliance which includes more than 20 airlines. These airlines give you the chance to gain Medallion Qualifying Miles, Medallion Qualifying Dollars, Base Miles, Medallion Mileage Bonuses, and/or Business/First Class Bonus Miles. Delta also partners with several airlines outside of the Skyteam alliance that you can earn miles with. The amount of miles you earn will be based on marketing and ticketing carrier which you can get the earning rates from Delta's Airline Partners page. You can earn SkyMiles flying with the following airlines:

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolíneas Argentinas
  • Aeroméxico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • GOL
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Jet Airways
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Saudia
  • TAROM
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia
  • WestJet
  • Xiamen Airlines

Delta Hotel Partners

Delta Airlines has a handful hotel partners that you can earn SkyMiles with. This ranges from Airbnb rentals to mainstream hotel chains worldwide. These partners allow you to either transfer points directly to your SkyMiles account or select SkyMiles as your preferred earning preference directly through the hotel rewards program. More times than not, earning hotel rewards points directly is the better option. This allows you to transfer your hotel rewards points when you need to, giving you more flexibility in case you want to redeem your points for a free night or with another transfer partner.

Hotel Partner Book/Earn Via
Delta Hotels Book via Delta Hotels Portal
Airbnb Book via Delta-Airbnb Portal
Marriott Bonvoy Marriott Point Transfer or Change Marriott Bonvoy Earning Preferences
IHG Rewards Club IHG Point Transfer or Change IHG Rewards Club Earning Preferences
Radisson Rewards Radisson Point Transfer
ALL - Accor Live Limitless Accor Point Transfer
World of Hyatt Hyatt Point Transfer or Change World of Hyatt Earning Preferences
Langham Hospitality Group Change Langham Earning Preferences
Shangri-La Hotels Shangri-La Point Transfer or Change Shangri-La Gold Circle Earning Preferences
WorldHotels Provide SkyMiles number at check-in

Delta Car Rental Partners

Delta SkyMiles can be earned with more than 10 car rental partners. Most of these partners can be booked directly through Delta's website. Skymile members benefits the most from Hertz in which earning rates range between 500 and 1,250 based on Medallion Status. Those with status also receive Hertz Elite Status based on membership. Booking with other rental car agencies will typically earn you 500 SkyMiles per rental.

Do note that you will be able to enter your car rental rewards number with the programs that you can book through the Delta portal.

Car Partner Book/Earn Via
Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo, Enterprise, National Book via Delta Car Portal
Lyft Link your Delta and Lyft accounts then book Lyft rides as normal
Delta Lyft Partnership
Earn SkyMiles when catching rides with Lyft.

Other Delta Partners

Delta SkyMiles can be earned shopping with select retailers.

Partner Book/Earn Via
Ticketmaster Book via Delta-Ticketmaster Portal
Biscoff Order on Biscoff.com
FTD.com FTD-Delta Link
Vinesse Wines Vinesse Wines-Delta Link

Delta Portals

You can earn Delta SkyMiles shopping through the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal, booking travel through Delta Vacations, and cruising the seas with Delta SkyMiles Cruising.

Earn SkyMiles shopping with top retailers through their shopping portal! Delta Airlines

Delta SkyMiles Shopping

Delta members can earn Delta SkyMiles shopping directly with retailers through the Skymiles Shopping portal. This portal features hundreds of different retailers including Bose, Apple, Macy's, Marriott and more. The amount of miles you will earn per $1 shopping with these retailers will vary and you check out the full list on their portal. There is also a Skymiles Shopping JP specific portal for anyone shopping in Japan.

Delta SkyMiles Cruises

Delta Airlines allows you to plan your cruise directly through their Skymiles Cruises Program. As with any cruise search, you're able to select destination, cruise length, departure date, and cruise line details. Delta has over 25 different cruise lines you can choose from including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Norwegian. Delta's SkyMiles Cruises program usually has promotions running that can give you an additional 25,000+ miles on top of what you would normally earn.

Delta SkyMiles Vacations

Delta allows you to bundle and book flights, hotel stays, car rentals and more through their Delta Vacations portal. Combining both your flight and hotel will also grant you bonus SkyMiles. Delta has a vacation price pledge which states that you will 'Get the best price on your vacation package - guaranteed'. While there's some terms and conditions to the pledge, you should still be able to get some value out of booking everything together.

Buying Rewards

If you don't have the option to transfer points to your Delta SkyMiles account, your next best option is buying SkyMiles from Delta's website. Buying SkyMiles will instantly add them to your SkyMiles balance for you to redeem.

Cost To Buy Delta SkyMiles

Delta SkyMiles will cost you USD 3.5 cents per mile no matter how many miles you purchase. On top of that, you will also pay taxes which make the real purchase price come out to USD 3.76 cents per mile.

Buying Delta SkyMiles
Delta SkyMiles Cost
Cost Per Mile
1,000 - 60,000 SkyMiles USD 3.5 Cents
USD 3.76 Cents After Taxes

Delta SkyMiles can be purchased in 2,000-mile increments. You can buy as little as 2,000 SkyMiles for USD $70 (plus tax) and as many as 60,000 SkyMiles for USD $2,100 in a single transaction. You can purchase a total of 60,000 Delta SkyMiles per calendar year.

Delta SkyMiles Buy Limits
Buy Delta SkyMiles Min/Max
Minimum Purchase
Per Transaction
2,000 SkyMiles
Maximum Purchase
Per Transaction
60,000 SkyMiles
Maximum Purchase
Per Calendar Year
60,000 SkyMiles

Do note that purchased SkyMiles will not count in any way towards Delta Medallion Status.

How To Buy Delta SkyMiles

Delta SkyMiles can be purchased directly through Delta.com. This portal is not hosted by Points.com like many other Buy Points/Miles portals. You'll be buying directly from Delta.com.

In summary, you can buy Delta SkyMiles following these steps:

  1. Head to the Delta Buy SkyMiles page.
  2. Log into your Delta SkyMiles account.
  3. Select how many SkyMiles you want to buy and click Add To Cart.
  4. Review the order and click Check Out Now if everything is good.
  5. Review your cart and click Pay Now.
  6. Enter your payment information.
  7. Click Complete Purchase.

The purchased SkyMiles should post to your account within a few minutes. I recommend signing out and signing back in to see the updated balance.


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