Delta Air Lines and Airbnb have had a partnership since late last year, in which Delta SkyMiles members can earn 1 mile per dollar spent with Airbnb. When launched, this standard offer matched the partnership Airbnb had with other airlines, and unless you book a lot of stays through Airbnb, it hasn’t been a huge opportunity for earning miles.
New Fall Promotion
As of yesterday, that earning rate is significantly better, but only for a limited time. By going through the Delta – Airbnb Portal, SkyMiles members who make a booking between August 10 and October 31, 2017, can earn 3 miles per dollar (or foreign equivalent) spent.
The promotion is good for stays booked worldwide, and each stay needs to be completed by October 31, 2018, to qualify. According to the terms of the promotion, miles earning does not apply to the taxes and fees portion of the booking. We assume this is referring to any applicable city/country taxes and the fee Airbnb collects to complete the booking. Although not specified or confirmed, cleaning fees will likely earn miles since they are calculated as part of your stay rate.
New Airbnb users can also earn a 2,000-mile bonus (normally 1,000) on their first stay booked during the promotion. New hosts do not get an extra bonus during this promotion, but they are still eligible for up to a 25,000-mile bonus for signing up through the portal.
If you are a new user, make sure to compare these bonuses with what you can earn by signing up through a friend’s referral or other available links. Although this is a nice bonus with Delta, that does not necessarily mean it’s the best available bonus for you.
Hot Tip: For those of you looking to boost your Delta miles, check out our in-depth article on how you can earn lots of Delta SkyMiles!
After the Promotion
Once this promotion ends on October 31, we can expect the earning rate to go back to 1 Delta SkyMile per dollar spent with Airbnb.
At that point, you may be able to do slightly better earning Qantas Points at a rate of 1 point per Australian dollar spent (currently $0.76). You just need to make sure that you are paying attention to how much value you place on Qantas points vs. Delta miles, and that you are comfortable earning and redeeming with the Qantas program. To earn Qantas points, book through their portal.
In the past, you have been able to earn Virgin America Elevate points through their portal with Airbnb as well. Unfortunately, with their merger with Alaska Airlines underway, it appears that this option is no longer available. Airbnb does not appear in the list of partners for either Virgin America or Alaska Airlines.
If you anticipate any upcoming stays with Airbnb and you want to earn Delta miles, now is the time to book. The 3 miles per dollar currently being offered is significantly better than any of the standard airline partner offers.
Although Delta doesn’t publish an award chart anymore (making it difficult to tell how much your routing should cost), there is still value to be found in the SkyMiles program. If you book a ton of Airbnb stays and end up with lots of SkyMiles you don’t know what to do with, take a look at a few of our favorite ways to redeem SkyMiles for max value.
The timeframe for booking with this promotion is limited, but your stay does not have to be completed until the end of October next year. Take a look at your travel plans for the next 15 months, and be sure to check out lodging options from Airbnb. Who knows…you might just end up with a pile of SkyMiles you didn’t expect to have!