Buying Delta SkyMiles

Cost Details & How To Buy

If you're a few SkyMiles short of your next redemption with Delta, you can buy them top top off your account. You can buy as little as 2,000 SkyMiles.


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 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 3.76 cents per mile.

Buying Delta SkyMiles
Delta SkyMiles Cost
Cost Per Mile
1,000 - 60,000 SkyMiles 3.5 Cents
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 $70 (plus tax) and as many as 60,000 SkyMiles for $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.

When To Buy Delta SkyMiles

If you need to top off your Delta SkyMiles account buying a few SkyMiles could be worth it, but it will cost you. Buying even the lowest amount of 2,000 SkyMiles will cost you a total of $70 plus tax. As someone who has had to buy SkyMiles in the past, I highly recommend considering the AMEX Membership Rewards program to keep a steady stream of points you can transfer to Delta when you need to. If you don't have that option, then you'll have to make sure that topping off your account is worth it. Usually if you're a few SkyMiles short of a redemption, it will be worth it... even at its high price tag.

buy 60000 delta skymiles

In terms of buying buckets of SkyMiles, this is not something that will usually benefit you unless you have a redemption that will give you more than 3.76 cents in value. That's not an impossible value to find, but it's not super common and you don't want to buy that many miles when you can easily pick up tens of thousands using sign up bonus on credit cards offered by Delta or offered by Delta's transfer partners.

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.

Do note Discover is not an accepted form of payment when buying Delta SkyMiles.

Summary

Topping off your Delta SkyMiles account can cost you a pretty penny, but if you need the SkyMiles it could be worth it. Just be sure to double check Delta's transfer partners to make sure you don't have a cheaper route to take.

If you find yourself short on Delta SkyMiles often or you're just looking to earn more, you'll want to read up on Delta's travel partners. You can earn additional SkyMiles booking hotels, renting cars, cruising, and even shopping online.

Delta also has seven great AMEX SkyMiles credit cards that offer bonus SkyMiles and benefits when flying Delta. You can use the Best Credit Cards For Delta SkyMiles tool to get a list of the best cards based on how much you spend per month in different categories.

Buying Delta SkyMiles FAQ

What's The Minimum Amount Of Delta SkyMiles That Can Be Purchased?

The minimum amount of Delta SkyMiles that can be purchased in a transaction is 2,000 miles.

What's The Maximum Amount of Delta SkyMiles You Can Buy?

The maximum amount of Delta SkyMiles you can purchase in a transaction is 60,000 miles. The most you can purchase in a calendar year is 60,000 miles.

How Much Does Delta SkyMiles Cost?

The standard price for buying Delta SkyMiles is 3.5 cents per mile not including taxes and fees that may apply.

Does Money Spent Buying Delta SkyMiles Count Towards Medallion Qualifying Dollars?

No. Money spent on purchasing miles will not count as Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs). Delta gives SkyMiles members the opportunity to buy MQDs, MQSs, and MQMs at the end of the year through a special link at the end of the calendar year.

Does Buying Delta SkyMiles Count Towards Medallion Qualifying Miles?

No. Purchased miles will not count as Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs). Delta gives SkyMiles members the opportunity to buy MQDs, MQSs, and MQMs at the end of the year through a special link at the end of the calendar year.

Are Buying Delta SkyMiles Worth It?

As with most airline miles, purchasing SkyMiles can be worth it if you're a few miles short and need to top off your account or you're redeeming them at more than the value you're paying for them.


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