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Fly Global, Stay Local – Earn SkyMiles on Airbnb Stays

A few years back, Delta partnered with Starwood to allow guests to earn Starpoints when flying on Delta and earn SkyMiles when staying at SPG properties. While the Medallion program is frequently at the crosshairs of criticism on its declining value, they definitely know how to throw a few perks in too. Starting today, travelers can earn SkyMiles when staying at Airbnb properties around the world.

Delta Airbnb

In order to be eligible to earn SkyMiles on Airbnb stays, you’ll have to book directly on Delta’s Airbnb portal SkyMiles members are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • 1 mile per dollar spent (exclusive of tax)
  • Up to 1,000 bonus miles and a $25 Airbnb coupon code towards first stay for new Airbnb guests
  • Up to 25,000 bonus miles for new Airbnb hosts

This certainly opens Delta up to a new market of travelers – ones that generally don’t stay at hotels. When you consider the fact that SkyMiles never expire, this type of partnership can be the kind of thing to draw the occasional flyer, but frequent Airbnb guest to the airline.

“This industry leading partnership enables us to provide a unique benefit to our SkyMiles members, enabling us to reward them for their lifestyle choices through the SkyMiles loyalty program.” – Sandeep Dube, Delta Vice President – Customer Engagement & Loyalty.

Though this is a fantastic benefit, I’m not sure it’s truly unique – Virgin America allows Elevate members to also earn 1 point per dollar spent when staying at an Airbnb property. Of course, Virgin America doesn’t have quite the network that Delta has – and Elevate miles do expire. Similarly, Australian airline and oneworld partner, Qantas, offers a similar program to their flyers, though only offers nonstop flights to 5 cities in the United States.

On the flip side, you can pay for Airbnb stays with  American Express Membership Rewards points.

Airbnb, who boasts 60 million users worldwide, does not currently manage a loyalty program of their own – which makes perfect sense. Most people who stay at Airbnbs aren’t trying to be loyal – they are either trying to be more economical or stay in unique locations that don’t have great hotel options.

No matter which way you choose to bank your well-spent Airbnb dollars, remember you have to book your stay through the partner’s Airbnb portal – so there’s no chance of double-earning. This new partnership is a great way to earn additional SkyMiles points – and who knows, after enough Airbnb stays, maybe you can save enough points for a Delta Private Jet flight.


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