February 15th, 2009
Update 4-02/15: Delta came through in the end-The full mileage bonus has posted! Congrats to those who went out on a limb and cashed in on this promo, a friend of mine got nearly 1.5 million Skymiles from his Starpoint balance! Please post in the comments how many Skymiles you got!
Update 3-12/25: Ending soon! This promo runs through 12/31!
This deal was originally posted on 11/20 at 12:15am:
Update 2: According to the following internal Delta memo this promotion has been cancelled but customers who are already registered will get the bonus points!
Even those who are registered may want to wait it out a little longer to make any further transfers until Delta makes this memo public knowledge.
The memo also make a few clarifications regarding the promo:
-The Delta bonus miles will post in February or March of 2009.
-AMEX membership rewards is specifically excluded from the promo.
Internal Delta Memo:
09706-SM MILEAGE BUILDING PG 21 PAGE 21
24 *PUBLIC* ———————————————-
25 PROMO NAME – MULTI-PARTNER BONUS (CANCELLED)
26 VALIDITY – THIS PROMO WAS CANCELLED EFF 21NOV08.
27 ORIGINAL DATES FOR PARTICIPATION WERE
28 13NOV-31DEC 2008. CUSTOMERS WHO ENROLLED
29 PRIOR TO CANCELLATION MAY STILL EARN
30 BONUS AS NOTED
31 DESCRIPTION – RECEIVE A 50..100..OR 150 PERCENT BONUS
32 ON MILES EARNED BY QUALIFYING NON-AIRLINE
33 PARTNER ACTIVITY
34 ELIGIBILITY – SKYMILES MEMBERS WORLDWIDE ;
36 HOW TO EARN – ENROLL ONLINE
37 – PARTICIPATE IN ANY NON-AIRLINE PARTNER
38 ACTIVITY ELIGIBLE FOR MILEAGE CREDIT
39 – MORE –
40 – EARN 1000-4999 PARTNER MILES* AND RECEIVE
41 A 50 PERCENT BONUS
42 – EARN 5000-9999 PARTNER MILES* AND RECEIVE
43 A 100 PERCENT BONUS
44 – EARN 10000 OR MORE PARTNER MILES* AND
45 RECEIVE A 150 PERCENT BONUS
46 *EXCLUDES ANY BONUSES FROM OTHER PROMOS ;
48 *EXCLUDES AMEX MEMBERSHIP REWARDS (AX)
49 NOTE – QUALIFYING PARTNER ACTIVITY BEFORE
50 ENROLLING IN PROMO WILL BE INCLUDED
51 TRACKING – 1K – 4999 THRESHOLD – 8P MULTPNR 50
52 5K – 9999 THRESHOLD – 8P MULTPNR 100
53 10K – MORE THRESHOLD – 8P MULTPNR 150
54 – BONUS MILES POSTED 8-10 WEEKS AFTER PROMO
56 ACCNT RMKS – 1K – 4999 THRESHOLD – QUALIFIED 08
57 MULTI-PARTNER 50PCT BNS 97062124
58 5K – 9999 THRESHOLD – QUALIFIED 08 ;
59 MULTI-PARTNER 100PCT BNS 97062124
60 10K – MORE THRESHOLD -QUALIFIED 08
61 MULTI-PARTNER 150PCT BNS 97062124
62 ADVERTISED – E-MAIL
UPDATE: Delta has taken this promotion down from their website today! Luckily I saved a copy of it!
Nobody knows what is going on right now with the promotion but its possible that they will change the terms of it. However anyone that already registered under the old terms should be OK. For anyone that wants to contact Delta about the promotion it says to refer Delta representatives to promotion 97062124.
Answers to people’s questions from the comments:
General: This promotion is valid for transfers into Delta until 12/31. There are many partners besides for Starwood that qualify for the promo, read the fine print on the bottom of the offer for the whole listing.
You can transfer a maximum of 27,000 Starpoints into Delta per day, so you will want to just do one 20,000 Starpoint transfer per today in order to maximize both the Starwood 25% and Delta 150% bonus.
The 150% bonus points will likely not post to your Delta account until sometime after the promotion end date of 12/31/08! So you will first get the 25,000 Skymiles for the 20,000 Starpoint transfer, and then after the Delta promotion ends you will get the 150% bonus of 37,500 Skymiles.
Q: How many miles does Delta charge to go to Israel?
A: Delta is the only airline that has 3-tier mileage pricing. When few seats on the plane are sold there is low availability, normally when the plane is filling up there is medium availability, and there is always high availability.
Delta coach to Israel, each way:
Delta BusinessElite to Israel, each way:
Q: Is it worth changing all starwood points to delta miles???
A: Good question! Starwood points are extremely valuable, but getting over 3 Delta miles for each Starpoint is quite tempting! Ultimately it boils down to how you personally value your Starpoints and Skymiles, and that will be different for everyone.
Q: Can i transfer the points now without booking a ticket?
A: Of course! The Delta Skymiles will be waiting for you when you are ready!
Q: Can I transfer my Northwest miles to Delta now that they are merged, or does that happen automatically? If I can, I wonder if I can get this bonus?
A: They can’t be transferred, it will be merged automatically, most likely at some point over the next year.
Q: Do you know if you can then transfer Delta miles to any other airline?
A: I don’t know of any method of transferring out Delta miles-you’ll have to use them for flights on Delta or their partners!
Q: Do delta skymiles expire if i transfer to them?
A: Yes, you must have earning or spending activity in the account every 2 years to keep them from expiring.
Q: Do you actually have to use the skymiles before December 31, or just transfer them by then?
A: Transfer by then, the miles are then valid forever as long as you have activity in your Skymiles account every 2 years.
Q: If I open a starwoods card now, will I get the 10k bonus points in time to use for this promotion?
A: Under normal conditions you should be able to apply today, use the card once, and get the points before 12/31. However sometimes AMEX doesn’t give the points on the first statement, in which case you would have to call them up and try to convince them to push the points over before waiting for the next statement.
Q: How do i transfer now after i signed up with delta???
A: Go to spg.com, login to your Starpoints account and go to redeem Starpoints.
Q: Will I be able to get Delta skymiles and then transfer them to Continental miles?
A: No, but you can use Delta miles to travel on Continental, or any other Delta partner airline.
Q: What about if i only have 15,000 starwood points? would that be worth transferring?
A: You would not get the 25% Starwood bonus, so you would get a total of 37,500 Skymiles. By transferring just 5,000 more Starpoints you get 25,000 more Skymiles! Go apply for another Starwood card today-or go buy money from the mint!
Q: I clicked on the linky and I filled in my name, e-mail and skymiles number in the register box. now it says, “You have successfully registered”. Now what?
A: Now you’re registered! All you have to do now is transfer your Starpoints!
Q: If don’t have any plans to travel in the near future (maybe Florida), is it still worth it to transfer my starwood points to skymiles & let it sit there till I want to travel?
A: Do the math and figure out if you’ll get greater value out of 20,000 Starwood or 62,500 Delta and that will be the answer!
Q: If I remember correctly, didn’t you once post that you can fly to Israel with about 55k starwood points? If so, how?
A: You’re looking for S.B.S.’s famous “Using Starwood Starpoints To Get To Israel PDF Guide”
Q: So i just registered for the promotion, do i need to wait , or can i just go into spg.com and transfer now?
A: Transfer away!
Q: Will the recent merger of NWA/Delta affect Skymiles in any way? Will I regret switching the points to miles?
A: The Skymiles program will have to be realigned with the Worldperks program, but I wouldn’t expect any massive changes.
Related: The Starwood AMEX easily gives the best reward value and bang for each buck of purchases made out of any credit card out there today. It also comes with tons of nice benefits and a sweet (and valuable) 10,000 Starpoint signup bonus for free for each card that you get. Between a myriad of incredible mileage transfer options and unbeatable blackout-free hotel redemption options you should have no problem getting incredible value out of every Starpoint that you have!
Starwood Consumer AMEX
Starwood Business AMEX
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Delta is currently running a promotion for a 150% base miles bonus when you transfer 10,000+ partner program points into Skymiles.
20,000 Starwood points thus earns the usual 25,000 Skymiles, plus 37,500 Skymiles for the 150% bonus miles, leaving you with 62,500 Skymiles for you 20,000 Starpoints! There is no limit on the transfer bonus, so you will earn 62,500 Skymiles for each 20,000 Starpoint incremental transfer!