Up to 40,000 SkyMiles with New Member Sign-up Bonus Promotion

by on July 27, 2012 · 14 comments

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Delta is offering new SkyMiles members the opportunity rack up to 40,000 SkyMiles by flying and engaging in partner activity, kind of similar to what US Airways does in their Grand Slam promo. Per the T&C this is for new members and those who have signed up within the last 30 days and “remain opted in to receive (via email) Fare Sales and Last Minute Deals, your SkyMiles Statement, Delta Partner Offers, SkyMiles Promotions, and Travel & SkyMiles Info. Email preferences may be updated by going to

I tried registering my number, which I’ve had for years, but sadly it rejected it though a friend who signed up 3 weeks ago was able to enroll.

Link: New SkyMiles Account
LInk: Promotion registration

There are five ways to earn bonus miles with a maximum of a 40,000 mile bonus. 3/5 are easy, so getting 25,000 miles should be a piece of cake for anyone with Delta travel coming up within the next 12 months.

1) Fly (15,000 miles): 5,000 miles on the first round-trip Delta flight. 2,500 miles for each of the next four subsequent round-trip flights. Partner ad one-way flights do not count.
2) Credit Card (5,000 miles): Get the Gold Delta SkyMiles card and get an additional 5,000 miles on top of the potential 30,000 miles for the credit card sign-up bonus.
3) Lounge (10,000 miles): Join the Delta Sky Club® and earn 10,000 bonus miles with a one- or three-year membership, which start at $450 for general members and go as low as $300 for Platinum Medallions.
4) Use Miles (5,000 Miles): Simply redeem 10,000 miles on anything, flights/hotels/cars, etc and you get 5,000 back.
5) Partner Activity (5,000 miles): 500 miles for each unique partner you participate with in your first year of membership (up to 10 partner transactions).

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: Offer valid only for new SkyMiles members joining the SkyMiles program for the first time. To participate in this offer, SkyMiles member must register online within 30 days of receipt of the offer. To qualify for this offer, members must maintain a valid email address and remain opted in to receive (via email) Fare Sales and Last Minute Deals, your SkyMiles Statement, Delta Partner Offers, SkyMiles Promotions, and Travel & SkyMiles Info. Email preferences may be updated by going to Qualifying activities must take place after enrollment and be completed within 12 months from enrollment date. Activity prior to enrollment will not qualify for bonus miles.

Bonus Offer: Get bonus miles for each qualifying activity, up to 40,000 bonus miles. These bonus miles are in addition to normal bonus miles offered by participating partners. Partner offers subject to the terms and conditions of each individual offer.

Flight Activity: Earn 5,000 bonus miles for first round-trip flight purchased and flown after enrollment on any Delta-operated and -marketed worldwide flight. Earn an additional 2,500 bonus miles for each of the next 4 round-trip flights purchased and flown. A qualifying flight includes any round-trip Delta or Delta Connection® flight. One-way flights do not qualify for this offer. Codeshare flights operated by carriers other than the Delta Connection carriers are excluded from this offer. All travel must be completed within 12 months of enrollment in the promotion. Pay with Miles tickets are not eligible for mileage accrual, Medallion Complimentary Upgrades, Medallion Qualification Segments, Medallion Qualification Miles, or Best Fare Guarantee. A maximum of 15,000 bonus miles will be awarded for flight activity.

Credit Card Partners: 5,000 bonus miles earned for signing up for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card. Only approved accounts are eligible for bonus miles.

Delta Sky Club: Earn 10,000 bonus miles when you join the Delta Sky Club within 12 months of enrollment in the promotion. Offer only applies to one-year, three-year or joint memberships purchased at the same time as the primary membership. Mileage redemption is not an option. Delta Sky Club memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Membership is effective from the date of purchase and continues for the duration of the membership type purchased. Delta Sky Club facilities may be used only in conjunction with same-day ticketed air travel on any airline. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age for Club membership. Members must be at least 21 years of age to enter Clubs with a self-service bar. Amenities may vary among Club locations. All Delta Sky Club rules apply to Club membership and use. To review the rules, please visit Offers and rules subject to change.

Mileage Redemption: 5,000 bonus miles will be awarded after the first SkyMiles mileage redemption of a cumulative total of 10,000 miles or greater. But, gift or transfer miles do not apply. Transfer miles for charities and other mileage transfers are not eligible.

Unique Partner Activity: Earn 500 bonus miles for each unique partner activity–up to 10 partners–for a total of up to 5,000 bonus miles. A partner activity is defined as an activity which earns 1+ miles within 12 months after enrollment. A Delta Buy Miles purchase and a partner points to miles conversion transaction are considered eligible unique activities. Converting hotel partner points to miles and a stay/activity with the same hotel partner do not count as two activities. Delta SkyMiles Credit Card is not eligible. Flight activity on partner airlines is not eligible for this promotion.

Promotion Partner List: Offer includes Hotel Partners, Check Card Partners, Dining, Retail, and other partners: qualifies as only one activity, SkyMiles Dining by Rewards Network qualifies as only one activity, participation with a SkyMiles incentive partner qualifies as only one activity, and SkyMiles Shopping UK qualifies as only one activity. Promotion partners also include: Buy, Gift or Transfer Miles; Points to Miles Transfers; Membership Rewards®; Diners Club®; Puntos de Oro; SuperBônus Program and Club de Beneficios; Internet & Telephone Partners, Real Estate & Financial Partners, Vacation and Cruise Partners. For a complete list of partners, please see

Promotional Reference Code: Please refer Delta customer service representative to 97063660.

Miscellaneous: Bonus miles will post within 6-8 weeks of activity. For partner activity, bonus miles will post within 6-8 weeks of the partner activity posting. Offers void where prohibited by law. Bonus miles do not count toward Medallion® or Million Miler™ status. Other restrictions may apply. Offers are subject to change without notice. All Delta SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program rules.

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  • BigR3dBears

    I feel this is not a new promotion. I signed up for it last August.

  • Phuucnguyen

    i have zero miles in my current DL Skymiles account and already booked 4 trip during Sep-Nov anticipating a status match from my AA EXP. Can I register a new account and move these flight to it to take advantage of this offer. Thanks

  • TingleL

    Thanks for the update TPG! You are one of my travel heros.

    I DO NOT have a Delta skymiles account (my Delta miles flown are credited to my Alaska account). I have a RT flight “purchased” through my Starwood AMEX points on Delta for Aug. If I open a Delta Account will I get the bonus miles for this flight, assuming Delta sees this as a “purchased ticket” via AMEX AND I WILL be earning miles for the trip.

    I am going from LAX to PHL (via CVG, return via DTW) so my total haul would be roughly 9800 miles for the trip IF I get the bonus miles. The rules you post say the RT has to be purchased and flown AFTER enrollment. I am already ticketed.

    My question is this, should I open the account and try for the bonus miles via Delta or just have the miles flown credited to my Alaska account (which I have had great success booking trips on partner accounts, eg. LAX-EZE, SCL-LAX RT this Nov. on AA for 40k pt). I would rather get the miles added to my Alaska account if I am not going to get the Delta Bonus miles.

    I don’t have the Delta sky miles card so I would pick that up and get those bonus miles. I was holding out for a 50k sign up bonus which I was hoping might come around as we get closer to Christmas and the heavy shopping season.

    Can you please check my logic and let me know if you think I will get the 5k bonus given the above scenario and let me know if I should hold out on getting the Delta Skymiles card.

    Sorry for the long email/question. Following you has changed the trajectory of my travel life :)

  • Helllobaby

    You still have friends that only signed up for Frequent Flier #s a few weeks ago??

  • NewDeltaGuy

    I am one of these guys who just recently signed up as a new Skymiles member. I was Flying Blue Elite, but I now live in the U.S. I registered for this promo this March. Here is my experience:

    1) Bonus miles through flights: flew R/T JFK-SAN. Points posted right with the flight itself as 5,000 bonus. No hassle there, except, as stated needs to be Delta.

    2) Bonus through credit card: I signed up for the Delta AMEX Gold with 40,000 bonus with $1,000 spend within 3 months AND a $100 statement credit after first Delta purchase. I found this offer via testing my girlfriend’s Skyteam number at

    This worked out very well, since I had that plan for the SAN trip. Hence card+R/T with new member bonus netted me 40,000 bonus + 5,000 new member + 4,896 flown for $340 minus $100 statement credit = 49896 Skymiles for $240.

    Note that I had to fight for the 5,000 AMEX Delta bonus via the promotion…took 8+ weeks so stay on top and email

    3) Bonus through partner: I rented a car in CUN with another promotion (2,000 + 800 Skymiles for 8 day rental). Took forever for Hertz to credit (NOT DL fault). Once point posted the extra 500 was immediate as well.

    I have not explored the other options, but I have now a 65,000+ Skymiles account (after a trip for which I got 5,000 due to mechanical issues), and been a member for only 3 months.

    What else is worth exploring? Redemption points? Other partners? Does Dining count?

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  • Jake

    This has been available since April 2011….did you grab this post from Delta Points?

  • Lauren K

    does AA have a similar new member bonus program?

    also a post suggestion would be to do one on membership programs that reward you for referring a friend. for example, i know amtrak gives you 500 points if you refer a friend and they travel within 90 days. I always hit up all the new hires in our office each summer before they start traveling :)

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  • Anon

    The +500 point new partner bonuses are really great as they move a lot of the partner offers that previously weren’t worth it into more interesting territory. I think I’ve scored 9 out of the 10 max bonuses so far for 4000 out of 5000 bonus new partner points. It was IMPOSSIBLE to get the 5000 credit card bonus posted no matter how many times I called like NewDeltaGuy said – I’d say the chances of this coming through are so low it’s probably not worth bothwrinf with…

  • Anon

    Didn’t see this before…wife is a new SM member and just did a round-trip last week (before signing up for this promo tonight). Any chance they will give her the 5k miles for that if I send a nice e-mail?

  • NewDeltaGuy

    Impossible indeed, but the way I got around it was by email. First: have them acknowledge that they owe you the 5,000 skymiles, keep that email, then wait for the 6-8 required weeks, and email again. And again. Once they got tired the finally posted it as ‘Customer Service Resolution’ or the like, i.e. manual credit.

  • Maggie

    The Delta link is still working. Is this still a valid deal?

  • JK-NC

    Are you aware of the capitol one delta credit card? Is it possible to get this if I switch from AMEX card? So many places don’t take AMEX.

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