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[Expired] New Partnership Lets You Earn Delta SkyMiles at Starbucks

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We’re all familiar with Starbucks and odds are that you’re also familiar with Delta. If you’re a fan of both, then today you’re in luck — the pair have announced a new partnership that allows you to earn Delta SkyMiles on Starbucks purchases. Let’s take a look at the details.

Partnership Details

Delta SkyMiles has long been known for the partnerships it makes, including those with Instacart, Lyft, Airbnb, and Turo. Starbucks is in good company, then, as customers can now link their Delta SkyMiles and Starbucks Rewards accounts to earn 1 SkyMile for every $1 spent at Starbucks. This includes purchases of food, beverages, and qualifying merchandise at participating Starbucks stores.

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You can now earn Delta SkyMiles with every Starbucks purchase. Image Credit: Delta and Starbucks

On its end, Starbucks will give you double Stars for purchases on days that you have a scheduled flight with Delta. Note that this applies to all participating Starbucks, not just airport locations.

Even better, both programs are celebrating the partnership by giving you bonuses if you link your accounts at deltastarbucks.com or starbucksdelta.com before December 31, 2022. Delta will give you 500 SkyMiles for linking; Starbucks will give you 150 Stars when you link and make a qualifying purchase. That’s enough for a free handcrafted drink, which is a pretty nice bonus.

In addition to the recently announced Choice Benefits, starting in 2024, Diamond and Platinum Medallions will also be able to select 4,000 Stars as one of their annual Choice Benefits.

Hot Tip: You can triple-dip on earnings when using a Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card or Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card as both earn 2x SkyMiles on purchases at restaurants. You could also consider an Amex or Marriott Bonvoy card from our guide to the best cards for restaurants and dining since Delta is an American Express transfer partner and Marriott transfer partner.

Is It Worth It?

Of course, it’s always worth it to link your accounts to earn free things, but how often do you make Starbucks purchases? Are you a daily coffee drinker, or is it an occasional splurge? How often do you fly Delta? Having reciprocal benefits between the pair can make it worth linking if you frequent both of these businesses.

However, Starbucks purchases tend to be small — if your average order at Starbucks is $6 and you buy a drink every day of the month, you’re earning just 180 Delta SkyMiles in a month.

By comparison, if you also choose to link your account with the likes of Airbnb, you’ll still earn 1 SkyMile per $1 spent on purchases, but with a few reservations per year, you’d likely end up with hundreds (or even thousands) of miles earned annually.

Hot Tip: Our guide to the best ways to earn lots of Delta SkyMiles details all of the ways you can earn SkyMiles outside of travel with Delta, bringing you closer to a great redemption.

Final Thoughts

Starbucks and Delta have launched a new partnership allowing members to earn additional Starbucks Stars and Delta SkyMiles on purchases. This is great news for loyalists of both programs, so make sure to link your accounts at deltastarbucks.com or starbucksdelta.com before December 31, 2022, to take advantage of the bonus points/Stars incentives.

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About Carissa Rawson

Carissa served in the U.S. Air Force where she developed her love for travel and new cultures. She started her own blog and eventually joined The Points Guy. Since then, she’s contributed to Business Insider, Forbes, and more.

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