Reminder: Delta SkyMiles Membership Signup Bonus Offer Up to 40,000 Miles

by on January 24, 2013 · 17 comments

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We’ve gotten a lot of new readers over the past few months, so I wanted to write a quick basics post for beginners that is also a good reminder for those of you who have been on the site for a while now about a lucrative Delta promotion that’s a great opportunity to rake in thousands of bonus Delta SkyMiles.

Basically, if you are new to SkyMiles (you can create a new account here) you can get up to 40,000 bonus SkyMiles for completing a number of actions, similar to the US Airways Grand Slam promotion. You must register for the promo here within 30 days of creating your SkyMiles account, so don’t forget!

Delta New Member 40k

Key Details: 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.”

Create a new account and register for the promo to earn up to 40,000 bonus miles.

Create a new account and register for the promo to earn up to 40,000 bonus miles.

Low Hanging Fruit: 30,000 Miles

1. 15,000 miles: You get up to 15,000 SkyMiles for taking round-trip Delta flights. 5,000 bonus miles on your first Delta flight and an additional 2,500 bonus miles for each of your next four subsequent round-trip flights.

2. 5,000 miles: When you redeem 10,000 miles on anything – flights, hotels, cars, etc. -  and you get 5,000 miles back, essentially a 50% rebate.

3. 5,000 miles:  When you do things like like transferring hotel points into SkyMiles (note: a stay at a hotel with miles credited to Delta such as with Hilton HHonors Double Dipping counts the same as transferring in points from that partner) or buying/transferring miles, you get 500 bonus miles per partner or transaction up to a total of 5,000 bonus miles. The buying/transferring miles transactions are usually pretty expensive, though, so I’d focus on hotel transfers if you’ve got a few hotel stays coming up, or transferring points from Amex Membership Rewards or even earning miles through Delta’s dining program (Plus there’s a 1,500 mile bonus for new SkyMiles dining members), which all count.

Just for reference, Delta’s hotel partners include: A Club (Accor), Choice, Club Carlson, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Priority Club, Melisa, Starwood (Platinum members can transfer as few as 1 point to 1 SkyMile), Taj, Wyndham.

Earn 500 miles (up to 5,000 total) every time you dine out at a participating dining rewards restaurant.

Earn 500 miles (up to 5,000 total) every time you dine out at a participating dining rewards restaurant.

4. 5,000 miles: In addition to the current offer of 30,000 bonus miles toward award travel when you sign up for the Gold Delta American Express card and spend $500 on the card in the first three months from account opening, new SkyMiles members who sign up for the promo and get the card will earn an additional 5,000 bonus miles. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year.

More Expensive: 10,000 Miles
To earn those final 10,000 SkyMiles, you have to join the Delta Skyclub with a 1 or 3-year membership, which will cost you $450 or $1,215 respectively (since you will be a new member, you won’t be getting any discounts from Medallion status) plus a $50 initiation fee.

You get 10,000 bonus miles for a new SkyClub membership, though it's expensive.

You get 10,000 bonus miles for a new SkyClub membership, though it’s expensive.

Although some of the actions required to earn the full bonus amounts are expensive (SkyClub membership) or time-consuming (racking up roundtrip flights) than others, there are plenty of easy ways to earn thousands of bonus miles through this promotion.

This promo is for new members only, so if you have an existing account, it won’t work, unfortunately. However if you might have had a SkyMiles account in the past but you haven’t been active for a while, you could try creating a new one from scratch and seeing if that works, though I’m not sure if Delta will be able to match up addresses or other personal information on their back end. If you’re a new SkyMiles member, though, there’s no reason not to sign up for this one and it doesn’t look targeted.

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  • s4popo

    Unfortunately, 40k SkyPesos are worthless.

  • Ddavid1101

    can you create and use duplicate accounts? Same address/name etc?

  • Travel Bug

    Any pointers on low hanging fruit for existing SkyMiles members? I need about 2000 miles to top up an award. I have the DeltaGold Skymiles card, but I’d rather use my spend on meeting min. spend requirements on other cards.


  • Travisair

    Worthless? I’ll take your Skypesos any day. They may not be as valuable as United or American, but I’d hardly consider them to be useless. I’ll take extra miles or points any day, not matter what chain.

  • AceTracer

    Well I have 8000 miles that I will never use, so you can have them for United or American miles if they’re worth that much to you.

  • MK

    This used to be better when they gave you the same point per segment not rt!

  • thepointsguy

    I didn’t actually see your post before I’d published this one. Even though I originally wrote about this back in July, I have been getting reader emails about this promotion lately so I finally decided to do a reminder post even though it’s not really new. Great post on your site though.


    I know just teas’in ya! I did find in tinkering with it, if your readers can not get it via the link, to log off, log back in, then see the main “MY DELTA” page, and it should should up there as a clickable registration option. I have seen this on Skybonus too (oh I am about to blog about those new bonus deals too ;-) ) – René

  • HikerT

    Because nobody with a clue reads your Blog?


    Classy comment Tom.

  • Mileswhore

    I have 80,000 and if I could move them to UA or US Air I would..

  • Kumar

    Nice post, saw just now.
    I have a paid return Delta flight already booked starting tomorrow. I am not a Delta Skymiles member yet. If I register now for this promotion, owuld i get the bonus miles?

  • thepointsguy

    Most likely- just sign up and register now to be sure

  • Aabb

    My wife got a targeted 50,000 Delta Skymiles Amex gold card offer.

  • Y999

    And because you’re a confirmed dogfucker.

  • Coquille

    What is the link for this?

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