Although you can’t travel right now, you can still save up for your future trips. And what better way to do that than by earning miles on the things you’re already buying?
Delta SkyMiles Shopping is a portal that allows you to earn miles just by purchasing things at your favorite stores. Since the miles never expire, you can accumulate them now and use them to book flights, hotels and car rentals when it’s safe to travel.
Here’s a guide to help you get the most out of the Delta eShopping portal.
How to join Delta SkyMiles Shopping
Sign up for Delta SkyMiles
Before you can start earning miles you’ll need to sign up for a SkyMiles account, which you can do on the airline’s website.
Join SkyMiles Shopping
Once you have a Delta account, you can join SkyMiles Shopping. You’ll need your SkyMiles number to complete the sign-up form, so have it on hand.
How to use Delta SkyMiles Shopping
There are two main ways to shop through Delta SkyMiles — download the browser extension or log into the eShopping portal.
Delta browser extension
The Delta Shopping browser extension makes earning rewards easy. It reminds you whenever you’re on a website that offers miles and allows you to activate your rewards just by clicking a button. It also finds and applies coupon codes for you, which can lead to extra savings.
Delta Shopping portal
Shopping on the Delta portal allows you to compare the rates different retailers are offering and view special promotions, such as extra miles offers. But activating your rewards is a little more difficult without the browser extension. Instead of shopping at your favorite online stores directly, you’ll have to log into the Delta portal and click through to the websites from there. Still, it’s nice to have all the Delta stores in one place.
How many miles can you earn with SkyMiles Shopping?
How many miles you’ll earn depends on where you shop. Some stores offer a fixed number of miles, while others will give you a few miles for each dollar you spend.
Although rates vary, you can usually expect to earn a couple of hundred miles for each purchase you make or from 1 to 6 miles per dollar you spend. Sometimes retailers offer special promotions like extra miles and discounts, so keep an eye out for those if you want to increase your savings.
How to maximize SkyMiles Shopping
One of the easiest ways to maximize your earnings is to shop at stores that offer high rewards rates. Delta allows you to sort stores by the number of miles they offer, making it easy to find retailers that give you the most bang for your buck. The airline also has a newsletter that highlights special promotions so you can stay up-to-date on the best deals.
You should also make sure you’re following all of Delta’s shopping guidelines so you don’t miss out on points.
Start shopping at SkyMiles Shopping so your purchases can be tracked. Once you activate your miles, don’t go to another website or exit the page until your purchase is complete. If you do your miles may not register.
You should also avoid using outside coupon codes because they could make your purchase ineligible for miles. Instead, look for discounts on the SkyMiles portal.
Another great way to maximize your rewards is to pay with a travel rewards card that will earn you additional miles. Below are some of the best Delta SkyMiles credit cards to use on Delta’s shopping portal.
Best credit cards to use with Delta SkyMiles Shopping
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
When you shop on the portal with the Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express Card, you’ll not only earn SkyMiles from retailers, but also from your credit card. It gives you 3X miles on direct Delta and hotel purchases, 2X miles at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets and 1X miles on everything else, including your SkyMiles Shopping purchases.
Chase Freedom Unlimited® credit card
Another way to maximize your rewards is to use a credit card that offers a high cash back rate on everyday purchases. The Chase Freedom Unlimited® credit card gives you unlimited 1.5 percent cash back on everything you buy that is not included in higher rewards rate categories. You can get the cash you earn from shopping deposited into your bank account and use it to fund your next trip.
Delta SkyMiles Shopping partners
Delta has partnered with more than 1,000 retailers in categories like home electronics, office supplies, clothing and shoes to allow you to earn miles on a wide variety of purchases. You’ll get rewards for shopping at many popular stores, including Staples, Walgreens, Macy’s, Petsmart and more. Just log into the Delta portal and get started.