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Delta SkyBonus, the airline’s business rewards program, is offering referral bonuses between now and April 30 where companies can earn 5,000 bonus points per referral up to 25,000 bonus points for sending other companies their way. When your referral joins SkyBonus by April 30 and an employee flies by June 30, both companies – referrer and referree – will earn 5,000 bonus points each. (If you want me to refer you, feel free to email tpg@thepointsguy.com.)

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Airline business frequent flyer programs can be a great way 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 select routes.

Now, SkyBonus points are a bit different from regular frequent flyer miles – they are earned based on spending (like Delta SkyMiles will be starting from 2015). As a reminder, businesses earn SkyBonus points according to the following rules:

30 points per dollar (10 points to/from ATL, CVG, DTW, MEM, MSP, SLC) on Business fares in the following classes: Delta: F, P, A, G, J, C, D, I, Z, W, Y and B classes of service; Air France: P, F, J, C, D, I, Z, W, S, A, Y, B, and M classes of service; KLM: J, C, D, I, Z, X, S, Y, B, and M classes of service; Alitalia: J, E, D, I, P, A, Y, and B classes of service.

6 points per dollar (3 to/from ATL, CVG, DTW, MEM, MSP, SLC) on all other classes.

What are 5,000 SkyBonus points worth? Per the SkyBonus award chart, awards/gifts start at 10,000 points, so you need at least 2 referrals to get anything here. However, 10,000 points will get you 10 drink coupons. A One-Day SkyClub pass is 60,000 points, and a domestic economy award ticket is 85,000 points. Upgrades on full-fare tickets start at 28,000 points, so if you max out this promo, you’ll be close to scoring one of those.

Could the bonus be bigger? Yes. But every little bit counts, and each referral is the equivalent to spending $167 on airfare from non-hubs or $833 from Delta’s hub cities, and it only takes a moment to make a referral, so if you know some colleagues who might not already be SkyBonus members, it’s worth taking a second to send them a referral.

For more information, check out: Maximizing Airline Frequent Flyer Programs for Businesses

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Though the Business Gold Rewards card doesn’t have the benefits package of the more premium Business Platinum Card, it also doesn’t have that card’s $450 annual fee. In fact, the $175 annual fee on this one is waived the first year, so getting it is like a risk-free trial of its benefits plus it comes with appealing bonus spending categories like 3x on the category of choice and a range of 2x spending categories as well.

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  • Special Offer: Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $5,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories
  • Plus, 2X points on the 4 remaining categories and 1X points on other purchases
  • 3X and 2X apply to the first $100,000 in purchases in each of the 5 categories per year, 1X point per dollar thereafter
  • Track, organize, and stay on top of your business expenses with powerful expense-tracking tools
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
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