Purchase Unlimited Delta Miles for 1.7 Cents Apiece (+tax) Through November 30

Via Online Travel Review anyone can sign up for the Delta incentives program where you buy miles to give out to customers or others as incentives for doing business with you.

There’s a $75 setup fee, and then anyone can participate. The straight-up purchase price is 2.2 cents per mile with a 60,000 mile minimum purchase. That’s far less than the normal consumer price of 3.5 cents per mile. Through September 30 there’s a 100% bonus on purchased miles which brings that cost down in half (to 1.75 cents, but of course there’s also 7.5% tax on top).

Turns out that the Delta incentives program has a bonus going on too, through November 30th.

  • Purchase 60,000 – 149,999 miles, receive a 10% bonus
  • Purchase 150,000 – 249,999 miles, receive a 20% bonus
  • Purchase 250,000 or more miles, receive a 30% bonus

With a 250,000 mile purchase with 30% bonus you get 325,000 miles at a cost of 1.6923 cents per mile (plus 7.5% tax).

Miles purchased in the Delta Incentives program must be awarded to Skymiles accounts within two years of purchase.

Now, I’m not rushing out to buy large quantities of Skymiles at over 1.5 cents apiece. But for anyone who was interested in the 100% purchase bonus, this is worth considering, and folks could certainly pool together to meet the minimum purchase threshold for best bonus. Living in DC as I do I would think it would actually be a reasonable deal, if I had frequent need to hope over to Europe, since Washington Dulles – Paris is available in business class as an award most days of the week, and Air France offers pretty good award availability for destinations beyond Paris.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Do the bonuses stack (the 100% and the 30%)? If so, isn’t it possible to get 500k miles at a cost of .85 cents per mile (approximately) by making the maximum purchase?

  2. @Brian: No, the 100% bonus is consumer purchase from a higher base price, the 30% bonus is business purchase from a lower base price, no way to stack the bonuses…

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