Delta Now Allows You to Cash Out Miles for Gift Cards

Quick Tips - Delta Now Allows You to Cash Out Miles for Gift Cards

Delta Now Allows You to Cash Out Miles for Gift Cards

I have a weird relationship with frequent flier miles. The main problem is that airlines seem to have a much different definition of “frequent flier” than I do. As a result, my few flights a year — even if those flights take me around the world — don’t do much in the way of getting me the status I so crave. That said, I am at least getting to the point where I can make some use of my points. This is especially true now that my airline of choice, Delta, allows you to trade in miles for gift cards.

This revelation comes courtesy of The Points Guy, which notes that you can now redeem 7,150 SkyMiles for a $50 gift card, 14,300 for $100, and 35,700 for $250, etc. in Delta’s marketplace. At first glance, this is great news for me, as I am just on the verge of that $100 threshold. Unfortunately, the site goes on to disclose that the conversion rate for these gift cards is far lower than it would be if you were redeeming directly for flights. In fact, while they peg the average Delta SkyMile price per point at 1.2¢, this gift card “deal” shakes to about .7¢ per mile.

While that math is certainly disappointing, there may still be some value in Delta’s new offering. One of the frustrating things I’ve encountered when looking to make use of my points is that I don’t have nearly enough points to cover the long, overseas flights I normally embark on. Sure I could probably book a flight to, say, Nashville on my limited points, but there’s no way I’m getting to Europe. Moreover, while Delta does offer a Miles + Cash option, this only slightly lowers the number of miles required as a base. Thus, I’ll either need to settle for a short, domestic flight or save up a lot longer in order to cash in on my miles. Presented with this reality, I’d be lying if I said that having a $100 I could use to upgrade my seat or at least subsidize my next flight much sooner didn’t sound appealing.

There is still another downside to the gift card deal, which is that they only offer physical cards and not e-certificates. As a result, if you’re hoping to book right away, that might not work out for you. Additionally, since I obviously have yet to try this gift card route, I also can’t speak to the process of using them to book flights or other perks. Still, overall I do appreciate that Delta is adding another option so that even not-so-frequent-fliers like me can get rewarded for our loyalty.

Author

Kyle Burbank

Kyle is a freelance writer and author whose first book, "The E-Ticket Life" is now available on Amazon. In addition to his weekly "Money at 30" column on Dyer News, he is also the editorial director and a writer for the Disney fan site LaughingPlace.com and the founder of Money@30.com.

Other Articles by Kyle Burbank

Blinkist is Offering 40% Off Annual Subscriptions for a Limited Time

With many of us remaining in some level of lockdown, I for one have continued to consume a lot of entertainment. Mostly, this has consisted of streaming TV shows along with reruns of series I've already seen multiple times through. Thus, I've been looking for a way to inject some...

Starting a Blog in 2021: Setting Up, Growing, and Monetizing Your Site 12

It’s crazy to think that, just a few years ago, the term “blog” was just a strange word that few fully understood. Today there are blogs for just about any topic or niche you could conceive of and a diverse array of talented writers producing content for an equally diverse...

Disneyland Just Dealt a Blow to Its Most Frequent Visitors

Back in 2006, when I was a mere 20 years old, I remember walking through my local mall when I saw that the Disney Store was selling Annual Passes for Disneyland. By this point, my family and I were visiting the parks once a year or so, but each time...