American Express Membership Rewards is Delta's only major credit card transfer partner and points earned in the program can be converted to Delta SkyMiles at a 1:1 ratio.
Conversion Rate & Fees
Membership Rewards Points can be transferred to Delta SkyMiles at a 1:1 ratio. This means that 1,000 AMEX Points can be converted to 1,000 Delta SkyMiles.
Transfers must be done in 1,000-point increments and you must have at least 1,000 AMEX Points to initiate a transfer.
Every time you transfer AMEX Points to a U.S. airline frequent flyer program, you will be charged an Excise Tax Offset of $0.0006 per point. This comes out to being $0.60 per 1,000 AMEX Points you transfer.
AMEX allows you to pay for the fee either in points or with an eligible Membership Rewards credit cards connected to the account. When paying in points, they will be worth 0.5 cents each which is a bad redemption value considering you can easily get 1 cent redeeming directly with AMEX or higher when transferring to partners (such as Delta).
I highly suggest paying with your credit card when transferring points.
Earning AMEX Points
AMEX several credit cards you can use to earn Membership Rewards Points across popular categories such as restaurant, supermarket, and travel. These cards also offer large welcome bonuses that can earn you as much as 100,000 points (or more) transferrable directly to your Delta SkyMiles account.
Here are just a few of the best credit card offers for earning Membership Rewards points:
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury TravelEarn 100,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on the Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
Best For Restaurants & U.S. SupermarketsEarn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months.
Best For Lounge Access & Luxury Business TravelEarn 120,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with your Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
Best For Business Rewards with No Annual FeeEarn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
Use the Conversion Calculator to calculate the transfer of AMEX Membership Rewards Points to Delta SkyMiles. It will also calculate the Excise Tax Offset Fee.
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How many AMEX Points equals Delta SkyMiles when transferred?
Transferring 1 AMEX Membership Rewards Point will give you 1 Delta SkyMile.
How long does it take for AMEX Points to transfer to Delta?
It typically only takes a few minutes to be reflected in your SkyMiles account, but could take up to 24 hours.
How much does it cost to transfer AMEX Points to Delta SkyMiles?
AMEX will charge you $0.0006 per point transferred to Delta SkyMiles. This means that every 1,000 points you transfer will cost you $0.60.