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Transferring airlines miles to another member is generally a big waste of money. While it can come in handy when trying to top up another family member/friend’s account, I much prefer to generate miles via promotions or in a worst case scenario transfer American Express Membership Rewards points directly into their account to avoid paying money to simply move a mile from one account to another.

Delta normally charges 1 cent per mile plus a $30 per-transaction processing fee for the ability to transfer miles between accounts, but until August 31, 2012, you can get 50% off this rate and have the transaction fees waived.

If, for instance, you wanted to move 30,000 of your SkyMiles into someone else’s SkyMiles account it would cost $150 with this promo instead of $330. The maximum you can transfer out of your account is 150,000 SkyMiles, and the maximum you can receive is 300,000.
Unlike past transfer promotions that included mileage bonuses, you aren’t getting any bonus miles with this one, so this isn’t a good opportunity to create new miles at a cheap price.

I’d only take advantage of this promotion if you have an account with a small number of miles that may go unused and by moving them into another SkyMiles account they then become valuable again for future redemptions or you are topping up an account for a specific redemption you have in mind. Otherwise, leave your miles where they are.

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on every Delta flight - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
  • Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
None
Regular APR
16.24%-25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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