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Link your accounts now: Delta teams up with Instacart for mileage earning on Grocery delivery

Feb. 22, 2022
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Link your accounts now: Delta teams up with Instacart for mileage earning on Grocery delivery
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You don’t have to leave your house to earn SkyMiles with Delta’s newest partnership.

Last week, the Atlanta-based carrier unveiled a new tie-up with Instacart, the popular online grocery-delivery service, that allows SkyMiles members to earn miles for their purchases.

Now, customers can link their SkyMiles and Instacart accounts and begin earning miles. General members will earn 1 mile per dollar spent on Instacart grocery deliveries, excluding taxes, fees and tips. Those who subscribe to Instacart’s $99-annual Express membership will enjoy an enhanced earning rate of 1.5 miles for each dollar spent on eligible orders.

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Instacart will also offer SkyMiles members extended free trials for the Express membership. Diamond and Platinum Medallions can opt into a 12-month trial, while Silver and Gold elites, as well as non-status members, will enjoy a free three-month membership. After the trial, customers will be enrolled in Instcart’s standard $99 annual membership.

SkyMiles members can link their accounts to Instacart on this landing page.

In our test, SkyMiles posted immediately after the order was delivered.

(Screenshot courtesy of delta.com)

TPG values SkyMiles at 1.57 cents apiece, meaning that general Instacart members will receive an effective 1.57% return on Instacart orders. That number jumps to 2.36% for Express members.

It’s ultimately a small sum, but it definitely makes sense for Instacart users to link their SkyMiles accounts.

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Plus, this represents a nice double-dipping opportunity — you can continue to earn points through the credit card that you use for groceries, in addition to SkyMiles.

For instance, some of TPG’s top recommended cards earn 6 points per dollar spent on groceries, which will combine with the SkyMiles that you’ll now earn on Instacart purchases.

Related: Which cards should you use for online grocery delivery services?

Bottom line

This is just the latest way that SkyMiles members can earn miles from everyday, non-flight purchases.

Earlier this year, the airline teamed up with Turo to offer members the ability to earn miles for qualifying car rentals. Turo, which recently announced plans to go public, uses a business model similar to Airbnb, where the general public can rent out personal vehicles.

Meanwhile, Delta continues to offer its recently expanded partnership with rideshare company Lyft, as well as its partnership with Airbnb, giving members miles for every dollar spent on eligible trips.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
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  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
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  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
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  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees