Calculator: What's The Dollar Value of Delta SkyMiles?

Points & Miles Value
Delta SkyMiles are worth about 1.2 cents per point on average when redeemed for award flights with Delta and their airline partners.
Last Updated 2022-03-24

The average value of Delta SkyMiles is about 1.2 cents per point when redeemed with Delta, SkyTeam, and other partner airlines. Outside of flights, SkyMiles can also be used for hotels, car rentals, cruises, gift cards, and more.

Delta SkyMiles Value

Delta SkyMiles will have the best value when redeemed towards flights with Delta and their airline partners. This will give your miles and average value of around 1.2 cents per point.

You can also redeem Delta SkyMiles in the Delta SkyMiles Marketplace for gift cards, car rentals, hotels, and much more. These redemptions will give your miles significantly less value when compared to using them for airfare.

Delta SkyMiles Value
Redemption Average Point Value
Delta Flights 1.2 Cents
Pay With Miles 1.0 Cent
Car Rentals 0.84 Cents
Delta Gift Cards 0.69 Cents
Merchandise 0.55 Cents
Cruises 0.47 Cents
Hotels 0.42 Cents
Other Gift Cards 0.41 Cents

Convert Delta Miles To Dollars

Use the Delta SkyMiles Point Value Calculator to determine the cash value of Delta SkyMiles for flights, gift cards, and more. This will help give you an idea of how much your miles are worth when redeemed.

Enter any amount of Delta Miles to calculate the dollar value.
Miles
Redemption Estimated Value
Award Flights $0
Pay with Miles $0
Car Rentals $0
Hotels $0
Cruises $0 - $0
Delta Gift Cards $0
Merchandise Purchases $0 - $0
Other Gift Cards Amounts $0 - $0

Delta Flights

Redeeming your SkyMiles for flights directly through Delta Airlines will give you an average value of 1.2 cents per SkyMiles. This is the easiest value you can obtain without doing any kind of research.

Delta Airlines has a handful of sweet spots when it comes to redeeming your SkyMiles for solid value.

Short-haul Flights In The U.S.

Short-haul flights in the United States is one of the best uses of Delta SkyMiles. It's easy way to get from point A to point B for a small amount of SkyMiles. You can find round-trip flights ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 Delta SkyMiles on average between many cities.

Long-haul Economy Flights In The U.S.

You can get some bang out of your Delta SkyMiles when it comes to booking long-haul flights in Economy with Delta. This can typically give you average to high-than-average value on your bookings.

For a round-trip flight from New York (JFK) to San Francisco in October, the cost in SkyMiles start for as low as 26,000 to 27,000 SkyMiles plus $12 in taxes. The lowest cost in cash for most of the flights between these two cities are $357. This gives Delta SkyMiles a cash value of around 1.3 cents each which is great value.

Cost in SkyMiles for flights from New York to San Francisco.
Cost in cash for flights from New York to San Francisco.

International Redemptions

Delta has a handful of redemptions to international destinations that can net you some solid value. This includes:

  • Flights to Brazil on LATAM
  • Flights to the U.K. on Virgin Atlantic
  • Flights with Korean Airlines
  • Flights from the U.S. to Canada
  • Flights from the U.S. to Middle East

These will mainly be for First, Business, and Delta One flights, but there's some sweet spots for economy as well for these particular flights and destinations.

All partner award bookings can be booked directly though the Delta website by entering your destination, dates, and selecting 'Shop with Miles'. Results for both Delta and airline partners will appear in the results.

I recommend using the 'My dates are flexible' option so that you can find the best value across multiple dates.

Fly one-way from New York (JFK) to Dubai in Delta One/Upper Class for 85,000 SkyMiles.
Fly one-way, across the U.S., from Boston to Vancouver, Canada for as little as 12,500 SkyMiles.

Delta Flash Sales & Weekend Getaways

Delta has weekend getaway deals to several destinations around the globe for anyone who wants to plan a quick weekend trip. These deals are usually heavily reduced and can save you some serious SkyMiles.

Along with weekend getaways, Delta also has consistent Flash Sales. These are random deals that pop up to excellent destinations for great value.

Both of these add to the reasons why I recommend keeping a stash of SkyMiles handy so you can be ready for that next deal to a place on your bucket list or to a favorite travel destination.

delta skymiles deals
Delta Flash Sales & Weekend Getaways can save you some SkyMiles and offer great value.

Finding Other Great Redemptions

The Delta SkyMiles program has a handful of sweet spots when it comes to redemptions. If you're looking for flights outside of the sweet spots mentioned, your best bet is to use Advanced Search and select the My Dates Are Flexible option when searching flights.

This allows you to easily toggle between seeing the cost of flights in SkyMiles and the cost of flights in cash. From there, you can easily calculate which flights offer you great value.

Below are a few examples of how to use Advance Search to find some solid redemptions.

Detroit to Orlando

For a round-trip flight from Detroit to Orlando in mid-August, I was able to find several great redemptions starting at 13,000 SkyMiles plus $12 in taxes/fees. Cash prices for the same flights started as low as $197 meaning these redemptions offer a value of 1.42 cents per SkyMile which is great.

Cost in cash for flights from Detroit to Orlando.
Cost in SkyMiles for flights from Detroit to Orlando.

Redemption Types

You can use your Delta SkyMiles to pay for a portion of your flight using either Miles + Cash or using Pay with Miles.

Miles + Cash Redemptions

Along with booking award flights with all miles, you can also book using Miles + Cash. This allows you to flexibility to pay for a flight using a combination of miles and dollars.

While that's a nice benefit to have, do note that you will not receive Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs), Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) for Miles + Cash redemptions. They are treated just like normal award tickets.

If you want to use your miles and still earn progress towards Medallion Status, you can consider the Pay with Miles option explained below.

Pay with Miles

Pay with Miles allows Delta Airlines cardholders to use their miles at checkout to reduce the cost of the ticket price.

Redemptions start at 5,000 SkyMiles for $50 off and goes up in increments of 5,000 SkyMiles. This will give your SkyMiles a value of 1 cent each. This isn't the best redemption option, but it is a great choice if you want to shave a few dollars off airfare while still earning MQSs, MQMs, and MQDs towards Delta Medallion Status.

Use your SkyMiles to upgrade your trip!

Seat Upgrades

Delta SkyMiles can be used to upgrade your seat. This can be done at checkout while booking your trip or you can use your SkyMiles to a upgrade your seat on a trip you've already booked.

If you're reservation is eligible and you have enough Skymiles, you will see the options you have for upgrading your trip in the Trip Summary section when booking your trip and in the 'Select Seats' for money or miles section when in My Trips for a trip you have already booked.

Hotels

Skymiles can be used to book Hotels through the Delta SkyMiles Marketplace. These redemptions hover around an average of around 0.42 cents each.

You must have at least half of the miles required to reserve the room. You can pay cash for the remainder of the balance if you do not have enough SkyMiles.

Car Rentals

Skymiles can be used for car rentals through the Delta SkyMiles Marketplace. Car rentals will give you SkyMiles an average value of about 0.8 cents, but can be higher or lower depending on how far out you making your booking (along with other factors).

Bookings can be made with top car rental agencies such as Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, and Hertz.

Cruises

Skymiles can be used to book cruises through the Delta SkyMiles Marketplace. The value of redemptions ranged from 0.4 cents to 0.55 cents per mile. While the value isn't the best, being able to book a full cruise starting at 78,000 SkyMiles isn't too shabby for anyone who loves cruising.

Standard interior rooms ranged between 78,000 to 227,000 depending on the brand and length of cruise. The value of your SkyMiles will heavily depend on the brand.

delta skymiles cruises
Book a 7-night cruise using your Delta SkyMiles

Gift Cards

Delta SkyMiles can be redeemed for a large variety of gift card options. This includes the categories of dining, entertainment, gas, retail, and travel.

The value of these gift card vary depending on the retailer and the denomination. Most of these options will give you value between 0.39 and 0.42 cents per SkyMiles which is only a third of their average value.

Merchandise

You can purchase merchandise with your SkyMiles through the Delta SkyMiles Marketplace. This include suitcases, electronics, kitchen appliances, Apple electronics, and much more.

The prices of these will vary, but I found that most of these redemptions range between 0.5 cents to 0.6 cents per mile. There could be some hidden gems mixed in, so it may be worth scanning through if you're thinking about making a purchases.

Experiences

Delta SkyMiles can be used to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Skymiles Experiences includes experiences such as VIP tickets to the Grammy's, Wine and Food tasting with well-known chefs, suite tickets to sporting events, and more. The value of these experience will depend solely on how much you value the event itself.

Boost Your Miles

If you're looking to boost your Delta SkyMiles balance, it's pretty easy to do with the intro bonuses offered across Delta's credit cards.

In addition to earning a great bonus, you'll also receive fantastic benefits as a cardholder such as a free checked bag, annual companion pass, priority boarding, and much more.

Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles Blue American Express Card
Annual Fee: $0
Rewards Rate
2X
Earn 2X Miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases.
2X
Earn 2X Miles per dollar at restaurants worldwide, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
1X
Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
10,000 Bonus Miles
Earn 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles Gold American Express Card
Annual Fee: $0 introductory Annual Fee for the first year, then $99
Rewards Rate
2X
Earn 2X Miles on Delta purchases, at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery in the U.S. and at U.S. supermarkets.
1X
Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
70,000 Bonus Miles
Limited Time Offer: Earn 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card
Annual Fee: $250
Rewards Rate
3X
Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
2X
Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery in the U.S. and at U.S. supermarkets.
1X
Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
90,000 Bonus Miles
Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express Card
Annual Fee: $550
Rewards Rate
3X
Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases.
1X
Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.
100,000 Bonus Miles
Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles Gold Business American Express Card
Annual Fee: $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $99
Rewards Rate
2X
Earn 2 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta, on every dollar spent on eligible U.S. purchases for advertising in select media, on every dollar spent on eligible U.S. shipping purchases, on every eligible dollar spent at restaurants.
1X
Earn 1 Mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
75,000 Bonus Miles
Limited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 8/3/2022.
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business American Express Card
Annual Fee: $250
Rewards Rate
3X
Earn 3 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta and on every eligible dollar spent on purchases made directly with hotels.
1.5X
Earn 1.5 miles per dollar on single eligible purchases of $5,000 or more (that’s an extra half mile per dollar), up to 50,000 additional miles per year.
1X
1 Mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.
100,000 Bonus Miles
Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Miles after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 8/3/2022.
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business American Express Card
Annual Fee: $550
Rewards Rate
3X
Earn 3 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta.
1.5X
After you spend $150,000 on your Card in a calendar year, you earn 1.5 Miles per dollar (that’s an extra half mile per dollar) on eligible purchases the rest of the year.
110,000 Bonus Miles
Limited Time Offer: Earn 110,000 Bonus Miles after spending $6,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer Ends 8/3/2022.

American Express Membership Rewards

If you're really looking to maximize your earnings in the Delta SkyMiles program, you can pick up American Express Membership Rewards credit cards.

Membership Rewards Points can be transferred to Delta SkyMiles at a rate of 1:1. This opens up a total of 10 additional credit cards that you can use to significantly boost your Delta SkyMiles balance through intro bonuses and everyday spending.

Both the The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express offer extensive lounge access, which includes complimentary Delta SkyClub for yourself and all additional Platinum cardholders!

The Platinum Card® from American Express
The Platinum Card® from American Express
Annual Fee: $695
Rewards Rate
5X
Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year
5X
Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel
1X
Earn 1X Membership Rewards® Points on all other card purchases
100,000 Points
Earn 100,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
See if you're pre-approved for this card using the CardMatch™ tool.
American Express® Gold Card
American Express® Gold Card
Annual Fee: $250
Rewards Rate
4X
Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4X
Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X)
3X
Earn 3X Membership Rewards® Points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com
1X
Earn 1X Membership Rewards® Points on all other Card purchases
60,000 Points
Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.
See if you're pre-approved for this card using the CardMatch™ tool.
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Annual Fee: $695
Rewards Rate
5X
Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com
1.5X
Earn 1.5X points on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year
1X
Earn 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases
Airline Bonus: Get 35% points back after you use points for all or part of an eligible flight booked with Amex Travel, up to 500,000 points back per calendar year
120,000 Points
Earn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
American Express® Business Gold Card
American Express® Business Gold Card
Annual Fee: $295
Rewards Rate
4X
Get 4X Membership Rewards® points on the 2 select categories where your business spent the most each month.
1X
Earn 1X Membership Rewards® points on other purchases
Airline Bonus: Get 25% points back after you use points for all or part of an eligible flight booked with Amex Travel, up to 250,000 points back per calendar year.
70,000 Points
Earn 70,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.*
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
Annual Fee: $0
Rewards Rate
2X
Earn 2X Membership Rewards® points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners
1X
2X applies to the first $50,000 in purchases per year, 1 point per dollar thereafter.
15,000 Points
Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.

FAQ

How much are Delta SkyMiles Worth?

The Point Calculator values Delta SkyMiles at an average of 1.2 cents each.

How do you calculate Delta Skymiles?

Delta SkyMiles are earned per $1 spent and are based on the base fare of the Delta flight, the fare class you're flying in, and your Delta Medallion status.

How many miles do you need for a free flight on Delta?

One way tickets can be as low as 10,000 miles during sales, but you will generally find that most flights are around 25,000 miles for round-trip.

How much is 60,000 Delta SkyMiles worth?

60,000 SkyMiles can be worth as little as $234 and as high as $1,200 or more depending on the redemption. On average, you should be able to get at least $720 in value for most flights.