Delta Airlines SkyMiles Calculators

Delta SkyMiles Calculators for earning with credit cards, transferring rewards to Skymiles, and determining the cash value based on redemption.

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

The Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Calculators will calculate how many Delta SkyMiles you can earn based on your monthly/yearly spend across Delta SkyMiles Credit Cards. Each calculator will also output the cash value of the card based on spend, how much you value the card benefits, and annual fees.

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.

Best Credit Cards For Delta SkyMiles

If you want to earn the most Delta SkyMiles, you'll need to find the best credit cards for earning them. Enter your monthly/yearly spend across various categories and get a list of the best cards for earning SkyMiles. Includes cards that earn Delta SkyMiles directly and transfer partner credit cards as well.

U.S. Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Calculators

Delta offers 7 American Express credit cards which consists of four personal cards and three business card. Delta's cards come in 4 tiers: Blue, Gold, Platinum, and Reserve. The Blue tier features only a personal card, but the Gold, Platinum, and Reserve tiers each feature a personal and business version.

Each tier of Delta credit cards comes with their own specific benefits with the personal and business versions having slightly different benefits. Based on how much you travel with Delta, all of the cards can easily be worth picking up whether it's for free checked bags, companion passes, or the ability to spend your way to Delta Medallion Status.

Credit Card Comparison Calculators

Comparison Calculators features side by side comparisons of frequently compared credit cards and groups of credit cards. Per the usual, you will be able to calculate total rewards and the cash value of the cards based on monthly/yearly spend, how much you value the card benefits, and any annual fees the card may have. For these calculators, you will only be able to compare results against the cards featured in the comparison.

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

The easiest way to earn Delta SkyMiles outside of flying is transferring rewards earned in partnering programs directly to your SkyMiles account. This allows you to earn Delta SkyMiles more efficiently by running spend through partner credit cards as well as earning sign up bonuses with those programs to boost your SkyMiles balance faster.

Earning Miles With Partner Credit Cards

All of the credit cards listed in the table below earn Delta SkyMiles directly or allow you to earn rewards and transfer them directly to your Delta SkyMiles Account. This gives you alternative ways to earn rewards through partner credit card spend and sign up bonuses. 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.

You can use the Best Credit Cards For Delta SkyMiles Calculator to find out which cards listed below earns you the most SkyMiles based on your monthly/yearly spend.

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 and paying your energy bills.

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
Energy Plus Earning Details
Georgia Natural Gas Website
Grand Rapids Energy Website
Illinois Energy Earning Details
Illinois Energy Solutions Earning Details
Ohio Natural Gas Website

Delta Portals

You can earn Delta SkyMiles shopping through the Delta SkyMiles Shopping portal, eating out with Delta SkyMiles Dining, 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 Dining

Delta members can earn Delta SkyMiles when eating out at restaurants that participates in their SkyMiles Dining Program. Once you sign up through www.skymilesdining.com, you will be able to register your favorite restaurant rewards card to your profile. From there, you can then dining at restaurants as normal using the same card you registered. If the restaurant is part of the SkyMiles Dining Program, you will earn SkyMiles. Members who opt in for emails will receive 3 SkyMiles per $1 spent while VIP members Members who dine out at these restaurants at least 11 times a year will receive 5 SkyMiles per $1. This is a great way to earn extra SkyMiles.

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 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.

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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