You Can Now Redeem Your Delta SkyMiles to Fly by Private Jet

Oct 25, 2016

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Do you have a couple million spare Delta SkyMiles? Well, if you do, you could have a new redemption option from the Atlanta-based carrier — flying with its private jet division. As of today, SkyMiles members can transfer a minimum of 2.5 million miles for a $25,000 Delta Private Jet Card.

Jet cards like Delta’s are essentially pre-loaded accounts that are deducted from when you fly. Once you load the card with money (or miles if you choose to transfer your SkyMiles to the balance of the card), each private jet flight will deduct the amount of money or miles from your account. By being a private jet cardholder with Delta, you’re guaranteed you choice of jet size on every flight, jet availability and you’ll also have four private jet categories to choose from.


So how much will the 2.5 million SkyMiles get you? It’s pretty simple math, as Delta Private Jets charges based on how long the flight is. The hourly rate for a light jet with Delta Private Jets is approximately $5,500, so for the $25,000 value on your card, you’re getting a little less than five hours of private flying. Based on his most recent valuations, TPG values Delta SkyMiles at 1.2 cents apiece, meaning the 2.5 million you’d be transferring are worth about $30,000 — $5,000 less than what you’re getting to use on your private jet redemptions.

Conversely, if you do choose to redeem your SkyMiles for a private jet card, which you can do on Delta’s Private Jet website, you’re getting a significantly reduced minimum for how much you need to initially put on the card. The normal minimum needed to load on a card is $100,000 — you can also choose to load $250,000 or $500,000. So by loading just $25,000 worth of SkyMiles, you’re putting down 25% of what is normally required. You can also load more than 2.5 million miles, as there’s no limit to the number of miles you can redeem — if you have 15 million miles, you’ll get $150,000 worth of jet travel.

Whether or not this is a deal worth splurging on is completely up to you and the number of SkyMiles in your account. If you have a surplus of miles sitting around that you don’t know what to do with, this could be a neat opportunity. Note, however, that you won’t be getting the best possible value out of your SkyMiles if you choose to redeem them for a Delta Private Jet Card. Keep in mind that if you’re really intrigued by this offer but don’t yet have quite enough SkyMiles, you can also transfer SPG Starpoints and American Express Membership Rewards to Delta — both at a 1:1 ratio.


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 discounted Delta  Sky Club access.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases 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 on every eligible dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta.
  • Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Check your first bag free on Delta flights – that’s a savings of up to $240 for a family of 4 roundtrip.
  • Receive Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights, stow your carry-on bag and settle in sooner.
  • Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Terms Apply.
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Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
17.24%-26.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 3% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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