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25,000 Delta Miles for $500 SkyMall Purchase

by on December 2, 2011 · 21 comments

in Delta Air Lines, Shopping

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UPDATE: DEAL IS DEAD

The Delta SkyMall isn’t the finest online retailer, but they are offering a whopping 25,000 SkyMile bonus when you spend $500. This is a great bonus – especially if you can knock out any holiday shopping or buy merchandise that you can sell resell easily.

Even conservatively valued, Skymiles are worth at least a cent a piece so a 25,000 mile bonus is at least worth $250. A 50% return on spend these days is pretty incredible – especially if you can use your Skymiles for unbelievable trips like I take every summer in business class to Seychelles/Mauritius and Europe in business class for only 120,000 Skymiles.

This offer was just announced and is limited to the first 1,000 customers so shop quickly if you want in! I assume they will update the promo page when all bonus miles are given away, but you never know with these online shopping malls. Just take screen shots and be prepared to fight for your miles if need be.

T&C

Offer valid only for purchases made at www.skymall.com/25000. Offer is limited to the first 1,000 (one thousand) orders. (Once 1,000 orders have been placed, customers will be directed to another site with earnings of 3 miles per dollar spent on merchandise.) To be eligible to receive 25,000 miles, the merchandise total, excluding tax and delivery fees, must be at least $500. SkyMall’s price matches are allowed, however, the order merchandise total AFTER the price match must equal at least $500 to be eligible to receive miles. Miles will not be awarded for cancelled orders or items returned to merchant. Offer not valid on gift cards or Bose merchandise. Offer not valid with any other discount, promotion or offer. Use of any coupon code will disqualify purchase from earning mileage. All offers are available to customers paying USD (US dollars) only. Not valid on previous purchases. Void where prohibited.

Please allow 8 weeks from the date of item shipment for miles to be posted to your account. Miles will only be awarded for orders placed at www.skymall.com/25000.

All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit www.delta.com/memberguide. Taxes and fees for Award Travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award Travel seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Prices and rules are subject to change without notice. Delta, SkyMiles, and the Delta logo are registered service marks of Delta Air Lines, Inc. Delta is not responsible for goods or services offered by any companies participating in miles promotions. Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer. See individual offers for details. Partners subject to change. Offers void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply.

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  • mark

    The website asked for my email and said it would email me when the promo was live.

  • Jay

    i got the same thing… Did you actually order anything yet?

  • Nick

    I also just get the email signup link. But generally this Skymall merchandise seems 40% overpriced which would make it hard to resell for even close to the original price. If they had Apple products this would make more sense as you should be able to get those sold for 90% of the MSRP.

  • Robert

    me 3 .. brian – did you get redirected to skymall, or did it give you an email link? .. as fast as this stuff travels, i can easily see 1000 people already having done it.

  • Frog

    Skymall has done this promotion in the past and it has never been any good. Any product that is mainstream does not qualify for the promotion. You have to buy one of their oddball products, something that would resell for about $100.

  • Slava

    On my check out page for Samsung Galaxy is did show earned 25k miles.

  • Robert

    Yeah everything on there over $500 is laughable garbage. Like Johnson Smith meets late 80′s Sharper Image.

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention, you might end up having to scratch, kick and scream your way through months of emails to extract the 25,000 miles if it’s the infamous Cartera Commerce that’s involved in processing this promotion. Not to sound so negative out of hand, but if it’s Cartera, get ready for a battle.

  • Tao

    Just saw somebody on FT did 40 orders for 1 million Skymiles. wow, I really hope this falls through for him, otherwise, the return shipping fee alone would cost him a big fortune.

  • Mike A.

    Just got 3 tablets for a total of 75k skymiles. I shouldnt loose more than 300$. If anything, I’ll have my bro-in-law sell em’ off at his store.

  • http://financeservices.biz Marks Spencer

    You can earn frequent flyer miles every time you use your American Express Delta SkyMiles credit card but with American Express Delta miles are even easier because when you make specific purchases, your miles are doubled.

  • http://dealsseeker.blogspot.com Miriam A

    This deal has expired!
    http://dealsseeker.blogspot.com

  • avi404

    TPG & readers,

    apologies for the unrelated question but not sure where else to post this. My question is:

    Does the Chase UR points transferred to United count as EQM (elite qualifying miles?) that can help me achieve premier executive status? I am currently in permier status and need 10K miles to reach PE status that can help me also get gold status in star alliance.

    I looked around and could not find a definite note.

    Thank you for taking the time & apologies for the unrelated question.

  • Anonymous

    No they do not

  • http://twitter.com/travel_abstract The Travel Abstract

    @thepointsguy did you get in on this deal? The risk of reselling plus the fact I am a broke mile junkie prevents me from tying up my liquid assets in miles.

  • Anonymous

    I actually did not get in on this one.. I agree the reselling this is a hassle and I have a ton of travel coming up so I passed

  • Josh_brooks

    I did this last year and lost some money on the reselling. Make sure you have your screenshots! They fought me on it last year.

  • Robert MacGregor

    I did this back in September for four orders and got 100,000 miles at about 0.3cpm ($300 total) after reselling the items on eBay. The opportunities for resale this time around were worse because the best item to resell last time (the Samsung Galaxy Tab) has had resale values plummet with the introduction of the Amazon Fire. Still, I did two more orders and expect to clear the miles at about 0.6cpm. Some Flyertalkers though maximized the promo by shipping to a sales-tax-free state (which dramatically cuts your cost) and finding a place to sell these wholesale in cash. There is one report of someone expecting to clear a million Skymiles for $2000 all in. Of course, as of now he just has 40 items and $20,000 on his credit cards, so the risk is very real on this promo.

  • Larryhealy1976

    Besides the Amazon Fire, 4G Galaxy Tabs just came out. Looks like Skymall, et all, dumped the dinosaur Tabs onto FT’ers where they will sell sub for $300 in the EBAY glut. I plan on buying a Tab on Ebay for about $279 shortly to take advantage of the better end of this deal.

    Too bad, the people who bought Tabs will end up with hassles & paying multiples of the Delta Transfer bonus.
    When you do the math, many may take a beating on this deal.

    Here,’s a tip for TPG readers who may have recently ordered a Fire (as I did). I noticed there is a free 30 day return on the Fire. I might take advantage, return the Fire, & get the 10.1 Galaxy Tab for not much more when there’s a ton on Ebay soon.

    Shopping + Miles (ALWAYS)= Headache

  • Sarah

    I had the same thing happen! I entered my email address to get an update of when the promo was live and got nothing. Checked my spam folders too. Just got off the phone with SkyMall and the only thing they can tell me is “Sorry Ma’am, the deal is dead.” What a bummer.

  • Eric

    Skymall is the worst retailer. I tried this deal the last time, shipping the item to my sister because I have an APO address and didn’t want to wait 6 weeks to receive the item. They called me at 3AM my time to ask why my billing address is different than my shipping address. REALLY? It’s like the early days of the Internet over there at Skymall. They couldn’t fathom why a billing address would differ from a shipping address. I did not pick up the phone and they left a message. They said to call and leave a message on their voicemail (huh?) confirming the address. I did this when I woke up. Seriously, it’s like this company is run by a guy in his living room. They said they were processing the order after that. Then I get an email saying the item was backordered for one month. I canceled.

    I tried to take advantage of this new deal. Once again, they just couldn’t handle a different shipping address. This time, they actually emailed me and said I would need to change the address of my credit card to match the shipping address! OMG this company is bad (and, of course, dramatically overpriced). I canceled and will never try again.

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