Up to 10,000 Free Delta SkyMiles for New Account Sign-up (and Flight)

by on April 8, 2011 · 13 comments

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From time to time, airlines offer sign-up bonuses for new members – usually 1,000 miles, but sometimes as high as 4,000. I was surprised to see Delta offering up to 10,000 miles, but the catch is that you need to either a) fly on a paid international ticket or b) fly on a paid first/business class ticket by December 31, 2011. They will award 5,000 miles for domestic coach travel as well.

The T&C states this is only for people with addresses outside of the US, but I signed up a fake person with NYC address and it worked just fine.

This is for “new” members, so there might be a chance you could create a new SkyMiles account, get the bonus, and then merge the accounts at a later point in the year, but I can’t guarantee that would work.

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  • Jay

    What are costs of merging skymiles accounts?

  • Karen

    You can do it online.

  • The Points Guy

    Merging accounts is free

  • Dave

    Can you describe how to merge accounts? My mother has one with around 50K on skymiles, but doesn’t travel Delta. Would be nice to have those miles!

  • The Points Guy -> Skymiles -> Manage My Account -> Merge Duplicate accounts

    @Dave- unless you and your mom have the same name/address, I don’t see that working :-) You can, however, book tickets in your name from her account if you have access. You can also transfer your Amex Membership Rewards points to her account to top her up if you need an award over 50,000 miles.

  • The Points Guy

    PS from the Merging accounts T&C
    • Any attempt to fraudulently merge accounts not belonging to the same individual is strictly prohibited and any such transaction will be reversed and will result in account termination and possible legal action.

    I don’t recommend anyone engaging in fraudulent behavior- its not worth it!

  • TR

    Hold on a minute. Isn’t engaging in fraudulent behavior exactly what you are suggesting in this article by encouraging the creation of an account in violation of Delta’s T&C on the 10000 point offer?

  • Dave

    S0, is there a way to transfer miles from one skymiles account to another without having to pay?

  • The Points Guy

    @TR- I created a fake account to test if it was really limited to foreign addresses and it was not. I don’t plan on using the fake account. Also, creating a new account isn’t fraudulent. The T&C only say Offer valid only for new SkyMiles members joining the SkyMiles program for the first time at
    If it’s my first time creating an account at, then how is that going against the rules? Its the first time I’ve ever been to that URL

    @Dave- you have to pay 1 cent per mile to transfer miles. The only fee-free way I know is if a family member dies and you can provide the death certificate, Delta will transfer their miles to next of kin for free.

  • Econ101

    Thanks to your earlier posts, me and my wife are booked on the BOS-LHR Delta business class flight this summer for $1500 each.. now my wife can also sign up for a SkyMiles account (we were going to do this anyways before our flight) and get a bonus 10k!

  • Svky

    Flying to Canada R/T would qualify, right?

  • snowball

    What if you don’t fly? Is there any bonus for signing up?

  • Toya

    Does anyone have 120,000 skymiles they’d like to purchase a plane ticket in my name with to the Philippines. I have a dear friend I’m trying to see the first week of August who is serving as a missionary over there. I could pay up to $500, but thats it. Any takers??

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