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Delta SkyMiles - Program Guide and Overview

Delta SkyMiles - Program Guide and Overview

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Live near a Delta Air Lines hub city? Then you've likely heard of Delta SkyMiles, the Atlanta-based carrier’s frequent flyer program.

The Delta SkyMiles loyalty program — which is free to join — is worth it for frequent business travelers and occasional leisure travelers alike. Award flights start at just 4,500 miles one-way, making it easy to accrue enough miles for a free trip.

Travelers on Delta Air Lines can earn miles that never expire and are redeemable for free flights, seat upgrades and more. If you often travel with Delta frequently, you can earn a myriad of perks through its Medallion status program. This guide will walk you through Delta SkyMiles, highlighting the pros and cons and illustrating the best ways to earn and redeem these valuable miles.

What is SkyMiles?

Delta SkyMiles is the frequent flyer program for Delta Air Lines, the oldest airline still operating in the United States.

Travelers who fly with Delta and participate in SkyMiles are rewarded with redeemable award miles that can be used for free flights. Delta Air Lines also offers its Medallion elite status program that rewards its frequent flyers with perks like waived baggage fees, seat upgrades and even the option to enjoy a Delta Sky Club lounge membership.

Delta SkyMiles quick facts
Where does Delta fly?Up to 300 destinations in 50 countries — through alliance partners you can fly to more than 1,150 destinations in over 175 countries
U.S. hub airports
  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Detroit
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • New York (JFK and LaGuardia)
  • Salt Lake City
  • Seattle
Airline allianceSkyTeam
Airline lounges
  • Delta Sky Clubs, located at over 30 U.S. airports.
  • Access to over 750 airline lounges across all SkyTeam partners.
Number of miles needed for a free flightDomestic flights available for as low as 4,500 SkyMiles
Delta SkyMiles value1.3 cents per mile
Pros
  • Extensive domestic and international network with alliance and joint-venture partners
  • Dynamic award pricing results in low award prices for low cash fare routes
  • Valuable elite status perks
Cons
  • Less valuable miles than some other frequent flier programs
  • Dynamic award pricing often results in high award prices, especially for premium cabins

How to join Delta SkyMiles

Joining the Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer program is quick and easy: You can sign up for SkyMiles online at Delta.com. Once you're a part of the program, you can add your Delta SkyMiles number to all your reservations to earn valuable SkyMiles on all Delta flights — plus, you'll then be able to earn SkyMiles in other ways as well.

How much are Delta SkyMiles worth?

Delta SkyMiles are worth approximately 1.3 cents each.

Compared to other airline miles, such as American Airlines AAdvantage miles (worth around 1.0 cent each) and Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards (worth around 1.5 cents each), SkyMiles are of middling value.

Keep in mind that this is only an average value. Depending on how you use your SkyMiles, you could get either more or less than this value — as an example, for dynamically-priced domestic economy award tickets, you'll likely get close to average value.

Cheap short-haul tickets can offer poor value for your SkyMiles. For example, flights from San Jose, Calif., to Los Angeles are often just $49 one way in basic economy. Meanwhile, awards start at 4,500 SkyMiles and $5.60, a value of just 0.94 cents per SkyMile.


On the other end of the spectrum, First and Business class international flights can give you the best value for your SkyMiles. For example, you could use 547,000 Miles and $612.17 for a round-trip business class ticket on Air France via KLM, both Delta partners, traveling to Paris from Los Angeles for a long weekend. The cash cost of this fare is $8,295.77, yielding a value of 1.52 cents per SkyMile. In addition, Delta often offers SkyMiles flash deals, where you can fly to a set of specific destinations for fewer SkyMiles. Snagging a ticket on a discounted route can yield greater value for your SkyMiles.

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How do you know if using SkyMiles is worth it? Delta SkyMiles are generally valued around 1.3 cents per mile — if a flight is worth 1 cent per mile or more, then it's likely worth it to use miles.

To calculate the value of miles, use this simple equation: Cash price (minus taxes and fees) / Number of points needed for flight = Points value for that specific flight

Pros and cons of Delta SkyMiles

Pros

  • Delta Air Lines is a very popular U.S. airline and its SkyMiles program has over 92 million members worldwide. With an extensive domestic flight network and an array of worldwide partner airlines, Delta provides you with a wealth of opportunities for using your SkyMiles.
  • Delta is a member of SkyTeam, the second-largest worldwide airline alliance.
  • Some partner airlines offer great SkyMiles earning rates, often better than what you would earn by flying Delta. This is an edge that the Delta elite program has over some of its competitors.
  • Another upside is that you can take a shortcut to Delta elite status by earning an MQD waiver through one of its co-branded credit cards.

SkyTeam airlines partners

Non-alliance Delta partners

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Saudia
  • TAROM
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Air

SkyTeam airlines partners

  • Aeroflot
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • Czech Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Saudia
  • TAROM
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Xiamen Air

Non-alliance Delta partners

  • Cape Air
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • LATAM
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia
  • Westjet

Cons

  • Delta SkyMiles does require a high level of spending ($15,000) to earn its coveted Diamond Medallion status.
  • The dynamic award pricing is another downside, as last-minute award flights and award flights around major holidays can require massive numbers of miles.
  • Delta SkyMiles are also less valuable than the miles offered by Southwest Airlines or JetBlue, although it does offer more flight coverage than these two airlines.

How to earn Delta SkyMiles

The most common ways to earn Delta SkyMiles are flying with Delta Air Lines or partner airlines, using a co-branded Delta credit card, transferring American Express Membership Rewards to SkyMiles and using Delta's shopping portal. Here is a rundown on earning Delta SkyMiles:

Delta flights

Flying with Delta Air Lines is the most straightforward way to earn SkyMiles. Delta Air Lines offers a revenue-based system for earning SkyMiles on its flights, which means you earn miles based on how much you spend, not how far you fly. General SkyMiles members will earn 5 SkyMiles per $1 of base fare on Delta-issued tickets (excluding taxes and fees) while Delta Medallion members earn more depending on their status level.

Status level
Miles per dollar spent on tickets
General member5
Silver7
Gold8
Platinum9
Diamond11

Note that there are some "exception fares" within the revenue-based earning structure. Exception fares include cruise fares, bulk fares, consolidator fares, vacation packages (including packages with Delta Vacations) and discount or inclusive tour packages.

These fares earn SkyMiles based on distance flown according to the following table:

Exception Fare Class (Delta 006 Ticketed Only)
Miles
Delta One®/First Class/Delta Premium Select - J, C, D, I, Z, F, P, A, G150%
Full Fare Main Cabin/ Delta Comfort+® - Y, B, M, W100%
Main Cabin and Discounted Main Cabin - H, Q, K, L75%
Deeply Discounted Main Cabin - U, T, X, V, E50%

Partner airlines

Delta is an integral part of SkyTeam, so you can earn miles on a partner flight. While most American airlines are now on the fare-based system, Delta's foreign airline partners still operate a distance-based system, awarding a percentage of SkyMiles based on number of miles flown.

Delta's Core Global Airline Partners typically have the highest earning rates. Major partners like Air France and Alitalia award 100% of the base miles flown for economy fares, with business or first class earning up to 200% of the flight distance in miles.

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You'll have to check out each partner chart to determine how many miles you'll earn for your particular flight. You'll also need to use a tool such as MileCalc.com to estimate the number of miles flown for each particular flight segment.

For a closer look at a partnering award chart, here is the current partner chart for Aeromexico:

Delta award chart for Aeromexico

Class of Service
Fare Class
Base Miles
Class Bonus
Total Miles Earned
MQMs
MQDs
Medallion Bonus
BusinessJ100%100%200%200%40%
BusinessC, D, I100%100%200%150%40%
Full EconomyW, Y100%25%125%150%25%
EconomyB, M, K, H, Q, L, T, U100%100%100%20%
Discounted EconomyE, N, R50%50%100%10%
Deep Discount EconomyV25%25%100%5%

The total miles earned column shows how many miles you'll earn, calculated off the distance flown. However, you'll need to also account for the Medallion Bonus (120% for Diamond members, 80% for Platinum members, 60% for Gold members and 40% for Silver members), if applicable, which only applies to the base SkyMiles earned and not the class bonus.

Only a handful of Delta's Skyteam partners allow you to earn MQMs on their flights. If Elite Qualifying miles are not as important to you as regular miles, this may be a great option for earning SkyMiles®, especially if you can find a cheap flight to a far away location on a partner flight. For a more in-depth look, check out Delta's Partners page, here.

Here we'll show each airline group and how MQM earning varies between different partners:

Group
Airlines
MQMs for economy
1AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Eastern, GOL, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Australia100%
2Air Europa, Kenya Airways, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Tarom75%
3Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentina, China Airlines, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Xiamen Airlines50% to 75%
4Alaska Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, WestJet, Korean AirVaries

Delta credit cards

Delta Air Lines offers a number of co-branded credit cards issued by American Express. You can earn at least 1 Delta SkyMile per $1 spent on eligible purchases with any of these cards. The products offered vary from the $0-annual-fee Delta Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card to the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, which is loaded with benefits.

Annual Fee
Rewards rate
Welcome offer
Other features
Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card
See Rates & Fees. Terms Apply. On American Express' Secure Website
$0 Earn 2X Miles per dollar spent on Delta purchases and at restaurants worldwide, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S. Earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases.Earn 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $500 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.20% in-flight savings
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Opening a Delta card is a great choice if you fly primarily or exclusively with Delta. For the occasional Delta traveler, the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card may make sense, especially if your savings on checked bag fees exceed the annual fee. Or, you might opt for a general rewards credit card with the option to transfer miles, like the American Express® Gold Card.

SkyMiles Shopping

SkyMiles Shopping offers SkyMiles on purchases with 1,000-plus retailers. Some of the popular stores include Apple, Home Depot, Macy's, Kohl's, Office Depot and Disney. Earning rates vary between 0.5 miles and 20 miles per dollar, depending on the retailer. Some stores offer a one-time bonus for shopping or taking advantage of a specific offer.

To earn miles with SkyMiles Shopping, visit the portal page, browse the retailers and click through to be taken to the website of your selected retailer. Alternatively, you can install a browser extension that will let you activate SkyMiles Shopping to earn miles without even visiting the portal page.

SkyMiles Shopping

Dining

Delta has a dining portal that allows members to earn bonus miles when eating at partnered restaurants. All you need to do is register a credit or debit card to earn miles at the following rate (including taxes and tip):

  • Regular members: 3 SkyMiles per $1
  • VIP members: 5 SkyMiles per $1

For a limited time, new members will earn 1,000 miles by spending $30 or more at any participating restaurant. (SkyMiles® Medallion Members earn an additional 500 bonus miles, for a total of 1,500 bonus miles). You can also earn 500 additional bonus miles on each of your subsequent four dines of $30 or more in your first 30 days.

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Delta enjoys a wide variety of dining partners in most major cities, so it should not be too difficult to rack up miles in this capacity. Here are the number of partners for a few major cities:

City
Number of partnered restaurants
Boston584
Detroit448
Los Angeles1,821
New York2,645
Orlando362
San Francisco607
Seattle457
Washington DC783

Hotel and Airbnb partners

Hotel rewards programs are an excellent resource for increasing your earning potential, especially since Delta has partnerships with many major hotel brands. During stays at partner hotels and Airbnbs, you can earn SkyMiles® in place of the hotel's membership points. Alternatively, you can transfer your hotel points to SkyMiles® directly.

Hotel
Mile earning rate
Hotel points:miles
IHG2 miles/$5:1
Langham Hospitality Group
  • Depending on the hotel:
  • Up to 500 miles/night, max 1,500 per stay
  • Up to 250 miles/night, max 750 miles per stay
N/A
Le Club Accor Hotels2.5 miles/10€ to 12.5 miles/10€, depending on the hotel4:2
Marriott Bonvoy2 miles/$3:1
Radisson Rewards AmericasNot published10:1
Shangri-La500 miles per stay1:1
WorldHotels Collection500 per stayN/A
World of Hyatt500 miles per stay2.5:1

Delta Vacations packages

With Delta vacation packages, you can save money on travel and earn up to 5,000 bonus SkyMiles. You can book packages with a select set of Delta partners, including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Aeromexico, Air France and Alitalia. If you use a co-branded Delta American Express card to pay for your vacation package, you'll also earn 2x miles per $1 you spend.

Car rentals

With each rental service, an eligible rental within the U.S and Canada will post 500 SkyMiles® to your account. In the case of Hertz, Platinum and Diamond status members get as many as 1,250 miles. You must visit Delta's site and book your car rental through their portal in order to get the miles.

Service
Miles per rental
Alamo500
Dollar Car Rental500
Hertz500, 1,000, 1,250
Enterprise500
National500
Thrifty Car Rental500

Delta SkyMiles cruises

You can earn between 1,500 and 30,000 bonus SkyMiles by booking a cruise through Delta SkyMiles Cruises. The exact number of miles depends on the cruise line and length of cruise, among other factors. Major cruise lines including Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean let you earn points when booking through the Delta SkyMiles Cruises portal.

Length of cruise
Miles
1-5 Nights1,500
6-8 Nights3,000
9-12 Nights5,000
13+ Nights10,000

Transfer American Express Membership Rewards

Delta is one of many airline transfer partners available through American Express Membership Rewards. The transfer rate is 1,000 Membership Rewards points to 1,000 SkyMiles.

If you often fly with Delta and don't currently own an American Express Membership Rewards card, you should consider signing up for one, as some cards offer special benefits with Delta in addition to points.

Buy Delta miles

Delta sells SkyMiles directly to members at a cost of $70 per 2,000 miles (3.5 cents per mile) for a maximum of 60,000 SkyMiles per calendar year — but at this price, purchasing SkyMiles is rarely worth it. Buying miles should only be an option when you’re either getting more than 3.5 cents per mile in value from the award booking, or when you need to top off your account with a few miles for an award. Even then, transferring Membership Rewards points to Delta SkyMiles is a better strategy.

How to use SkyMiles

With award flights that can start at just 4,500 miles, you don't need to accumulate many SkyMiles to be able to fly for free. In addition to free flights on Delta Air Lines and its partners, you can use SkyMiles for seat upgrades and Delta Vacations packages.

Book a flight

The easiest way to redeem your SkyMiles is to use them to book a flight with Delta. You can easily search for award flights at Delta.com. Because Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, prices depend entirely on your origin, destination and travel dates.

Here are some sample one-way prices for various cabins to sample destinations:

Cabin
Sample routes and pricing
Basic Economy
  • San Francisco to Los Angeles - 4,500 miles
  • Chicago to Orlando - 4,500 miles
  • Seattle to Boston - 5,000 miles
  • New York to Sao Paulo - 25,000 miles
Main Cabin
  • San Francisco to Los Angeles - 5,000 miles
  • Chicago to Orlando - 6,000 miles
  • Seattle to Boston - 6,500 miles
  • New York to Sao Paulo - 30,000 miles (partner)
  • Los Angeles to Paris - 35,000 miles (partner)
  • Detroit to Tokyo - 100,000 miles
Comfort+
  • San Francisco to Los Angeles - 6,500 miles
  • Chicago to Orlando - 11,500 miles
  • Seattle to Boston - 13,500 miles
  • New York to Sao Paulo - 41,000 miles
  • Los Angeles to Paris - 76,000 miles
  • Detroit to Tokyo - 105,000 miles
First Class
  • San Francisco to Los Angeles - 17,000 miles
  • Chicago to Orlando - 39,000 miles
  • Seattle to Boston - 107,500 miles
Premium Select
  • Detroit to Seoul - 30,000 miles
  • Los Angeles to Paris - 115,000 miles
  • Detroit to Tokyo - 135,000 miles
DeltaOne
  • New York to Sao Paulo - 350,000 miles
  • Los Angeles to Paris - 320,000 miles
  • Detroit to Tokyo - 180,000 miles

Taxes and fees on award flights start at $6 one-way. In general, you'll get a better value for your SkyMiles when redeeming them for premium cabin products, although Delta's pricing can often be sky-high for certain destinations or nonstop flights (the 320,000-mile flight from Los Angeles to Paris above, for example).

Delta SkyMiles deals

Delta routinely offers SkyMiles Flash Deals to destinations all over the world. Flash Deals are limited-time promotions where Delta offers flights between select origins and destinations for a discount.

SkyMiles Flash Deals can be excellent value. For example, in the past, Delta has offered:

  • Round-trip flights to Caribbean destinations starting at just 11,000 SkyMiles
  • Round-trip tickets to some major European cities starting at just 22,000 miles
  • Round-trip flights to Asia starting at just 30,000 miles

These prices are much better than what's offered by major competitors that operate a region-based award chart. For instance, American Airlines charges 30,000 miles for a one-way economy ticket to Europe during peak dates.

Note, however, that without an award chart to compare prices, it's hard to tell how great of a deal you're getting. It's a good idea to compare award prices to cash fares to determine the redemption value in each case.

Seat upgrades

Delta also gives SkyMiles members the ability to use its miles for cabin upgrades. You can upgrade with miles either at time of booking or after you purchase your ticket. Tickets eligible to upgrade with miles at time of booking will show it as an option on the Trip Summary page. This is the easiest and most seamless way to upgrade with miles.

Seat upgrades

After booking, you may be presented with the option to upgrade with miles at Delta.com or through the Fly Delta app. You can check your reservation at any time to see if this is an option. Alternatively, you can contact a Delta representative to upgrade with miles.

In general, the value you get for upgrading with miles is fairly poor. The example above yields a value of 0.9 to 1.0 cent per SkyMile — less than our average estimate of 1.3 cents.

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Other redemption options

Other uses for Delta miles include magazine subscriptions and SkyMiles Experiences (unique experiences for miles). SkyMiles Experiences is currently on hold.

Delta SkyMiles status

Delta rewards its most loyal members with special airline perks through its Medallion status program. Benefits include free checked bags, waived fees, bonus SkyMiles, complimentary upgrades and more. The perks get better as your Medallion status level increases.

To qualify for Delta Medallion status, you'll need to meet requirements for both Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) or Medallion Qualifying Segments (MQSs) and Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs). To qualify for Delta Medallion status, you must meet the requirements given in the following chart.

Delta SkyMiles status

Delta does offer ways of augmenting your MQMs through its co-branded credit cards. If you hold a Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card or Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card, these cards will offer bonus MQMs for meeting specific spending thresholds.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta will extend your 2021 Medallion Status an additional year through Jan. 31, 2023. It's also rolling over all MQMs to 2022, so that members can get a jump start on qualifying for status for the following year. For all other COVID-19 updates and extensions, visit Delta's website.

You can see the number of MQMs and MQDs you'll earn on the Trip Summary page when booking a ticket through Delta.com. The number of MQMs earned is dependent on the fare class, but you'll always earn at least 100% of flown miles as MQMs — even for basic economy fares. To determine the number of MQMs you earn with partners, you'll have to refer to the chart for each specific partner.

Benefits of Delta SkyMiles elite status

The perks you enjoy as a Delta Medallion member increase as you rise through the tiers, with Delta Diamond Medallion members enjoying the richest benefits. Delta is unique in offering rollover MQMs — this means that any MQMs in excess of your Medallion level earned will roll over to the following year.

Silver Medallion
Gold Medallion
Platinum Medallion
Diamond Medallion
SkyMiles earned7/$1 (40% bonus)8/$1 (60% bonus)9/$1 (80% bonus)11/$1(120% bonus)
Unlimited First Class and Comfort+ upgrades24-hour window72-hour window120-hour window120-hour window, with priority
Comfort+ Upgrades after ticketing
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Depending on how much you fly, it may or may not be worth targeting Delta Medallion status, especially the lowest status tier. You can enjoy most of the perks of Silver Medallion by simply holding the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card. However, if you fly routinely for business and have the option of attaining Diamond Medallion, the perks are worth several thousand dollars.

Is Delta SkyMiles worth it?

Delta SkyMiles is an excellent loyalty program for anyone who flies Delta Air Lines or any of its partners. And since Delta SkyMiles never expire, the program could even be useful for people who rarely fly Delta Air Lines.

The program is also excellent for the frequent work traveler, offering an excellent array of elite benefits, including Delta Sky Club lounge membership and upgrade certificates (as a Choice Benefit) for Platinum and Diamond Medallion members. Global upgrade certificates can even be used for long-haul international flights with some of Delta's best partners.

What's more, this program is also free, so there are no additional expenses required to be a part of it.

Delta SkyMiles FAQs

Do Delta SkyMiles expire?

No, Delta SkyMiles never expire. However, Delta does reserve the right to close an account in a variety of unusual circumstances.

How do Delta SkyMiles work?

Delta SkyMiles is a frequent flyer program that allows you to earn miles through a variety of methods and lets you redeem them for free flights as well as other uses.

How do I check my Delta SkyMiles?

You can check your Delta SkyMiles account online by logging in at Delta.com or by using the Delta Air Lines mobile app.

How do I find my Delta SkyMiles number?

You can find your Delta SkyMiles number online at Delta.com by logging in to your Delta account and navigating to your profile. You can also find your SkyMiles number in the initial email communication you receive from Delta.

Is Delta SkyMiles free?

Yes, Delta SkyMiles is free to join.

How do I sign up for Delta SkyMiles?

You can easily sign up for Delta SkyMiles online at Delta.com. See the "Sign Up" button in the upper right corner of the screen — you'll be required to provide personal information.

Can I convert Delta SkyMiles to Marriott points?

No, you cannot transfer Delta SkyMiles to Marriott points. However, you can do the reverse and convert Marriott points to Delta SkyMiles.

Can I transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Delta SkyMiles?

Yes, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Delta SkyMiles at a 1:1 ratio in increments of 1,000 points.

Can you use Delta SkyMiles on other airlines?

Yes, you can use Delta SkyMiles to book flights on any of its partner airlines, including Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Airlines and LATAM, all of which are bookable online at Delta.com.

How do I earn Delta SkyMiles?

There are a number of ways to earn Delta SkyMiles, including flying on Delta airlines and their partners, shopping through the Delta portal and using a co-branded Delta credit card.

How can I earn free Delta SkyMiles?

When you fly on Delta airlines, you’ll earn Delta SkyMiles.

Is it free to be a Delta SkyMiles member?

Yes, it's free to be a Delta SkyMiles member.

How much is 50,000 Delta SkyMiles worth?

Because we value Delta SkyMiles at 1.3 cents each, 50,000 Delta SkyMiles would be worth around $650.

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