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Business frequent flyer programs allow businesses to earn points on the itineraries their employees travel while employees still earn miles and points as individuals. In addition, these programs often offer mileage bonuses for which individuals aren’t eligible, like the current Delta SkyBonus offer of double points for each non-stop Delta-marketed ticket purchased and flown from now until June 30, 2014 on the following select routes:
Chicago (ORD) to Rome (FCO)
Dallas (DFW) to Amsterdam (AMS)
Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo Haneda (HND)
Los Angeles (LAX) to Leon, Mexico (BJX)
Los Angeles (LAX) to Lima, Peru (LIM), Santiago, Chile (SCL), or Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP)
Newark (EWR) to Paris (CDG)
San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG)
Toronto (YYZ) to Paris (CDG)
Toronto (YYZ) to Amsterdam (AMS)
Washington D.C (IAD) to Paris (CDG)
In order to be eligible for the same offer of double points, non-stops on two additional routes must be purchased and flown between now and September 30, 2014:
Seattle (SEA) and Seoul, Korea (ICN)
Seattle (SEA) and Hong Kong (HKG)
SkyBonus enables a company to earn and redeem points on Delta and partners including Air France, KLM and Alitalia. Though the terms of these promo routes state that to earn double points, flights must be on Delta-marketed and operated flights, so no Air France/KLM or Alitalia flights will count, and your flights must be non-stop on these routes though they can include segments beyond the route cities in either direction.
Businesses can earn up to 30 SkyBonus points per dollar on purchased business class fares or 6 points on all other fares, but only 10 SkyBonus points per dollar on business fares or 3 points on other fares to/from Delta hubs ATL, CVG, DTW, MEM, MSP and SLC. You can then redeem earned points on things as small as 10 drinks coupons (10,000 points), a Delta SkyClub one-visit pass (30,000 points) or a free coach roundtrip in the US (85,000).
This particular SkyBonus offer is likely Delta’s response to American Airlines’ current Business Extra bonus offer for flights between NYC and London, which is also running between now and June 30, 2014. SkyBonus is including far more routes in this deal, but offers double points across all classes rather than triple points for bookings in business and first.
The double points offered through this SkyBonus promotion can still be a great perk, however. For routes from LAX-HND, for example, this offer doubles the points earned on a non-stop Economy class round-trip costing $1,115 (before taxes and fees, which are excluded from SkyBonus points). In this equation, 1,115 x 6 = 6,690, and 6,690 x 2 = 13,380 points.
On the same LAX-HND route, a business class ticket costing $4,893 (before taxes and fees) would usually earn 146,790 points (4,893 x 30 = 146,790), but with this bonus offer would earn 293,580 points. With this SkyBonus offer of double points – and with SkyBonus bookings in general – it really pays to book in business class.
You can then redeem earned points on things as small as 10 drinks coupons for 10,000 points or five Delta SkyClub One-Day Passes for 60,000 points, and award tickets starting at 85,000 points for coach and 225,000 points for first class in the US and Canada. Check out the whole earning/redeeming chart here.
To be eligible to earn this offer’s bonus points, a company must be enrolled in the SkyBonus program; sign-up is free but requires a company’s Tax ID number. Bonus-eligible travel can include segments beyond any of these promotional routes, but there still must be a non-stop segment between the promotional routes. Bonus points will be posted to the registered SkyBonus account within 3 to 12 weeks after qualifying travel is completed. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.