Delta SkyMiles partners

Delta Partners offer additional ways to earn and redeem SkyMiles

Delta airline partners

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Delta has a massive airline network just on its own, but, if you’re looking for additional options to use your SkyMiles, you should search for rewards flights on Delta’s partner airlines.

Delta currently has 31 airline partners – 19 partners in the SkyTeam alliance and 12 additional airline partners – with which you can redeem SkyMiles. Awards flights on Delta’s partners are often more expensive than Delta awards flights, and flights can be difficult to find. In fact, some partners, such as AirEuropa, aren’t even listed on Delta’s website and require a call to Delta’s reservation line or to the partner’s reservation line. However, good deals can be found here and there.

Also, many of these airlines are small, regional airlines, so their coverage is already limited:

Delta airline partners

  Type of partner Where to book flights

Aeroflot

SkyTeam
Delta.com

Aerolineas/Argentinas

SkyTeam
Delta.com

AeroMexico

SkyTeam/Preferred partner
Delta.com

AirEuropa 

SkyTeam
By phone

Air France

SkyTeam/Preferred partner
Delta.com

Air Tahiti Nui

Other partner
Delta.com

Alitalia

SkyTeam
Delta.com

China Airlines

SkyTeam
Delta.com

China Eastern

SkyTeam
Delta.com

China Southern

SkyTeam
Delta.com

CSA Czech Airlines

SkyTeam
By phone

Garuda Indonesia

SkyTeam
Delta.com

GOL

Preferred partner
Delta.com

Hawaiian Airlines

Other partner
Delta.com

Jet Airways

Other partner
Delta.com

Jetstar

Other partner
Online booking form

Kenya Airways

SkyTeam
By phone

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

SkyTeam/Preferred partner
Delta.com

Korean Air

SkyTeam/Preferred partner
Delta.com

Mandarin Airlines

Other partner
Delta.com

Middle East Airlines (MEA)

SkyTeam
Delta.com

Saudia

SkyTeam
Delta.com

Shanghai Airlines

Other partner
Delta.com

Skymark

Other partner
Online booking form

TAROM

SkyTeam
Delta.com

Thai Airasia

Other partner
Online booking form

Vietnam Airlines

SkyTeam
Delta.com

Virgin Atlantic

Preferred partner
Delta.com

Virgin Australia

Preferred partner
Delta.com

Westjet

Other partner
Delta.com

XiamenAir

SkyTeam
Delta.com

On top of redeeming miles with these partners, you can elect to earn miles and Medallion Qualification Miles with many of Delta’s partners. You can earn only one airline currency at a time, so you’ll need to choose SkyMiles when you make your reservation by entering in your SkyMiles account number.

Elite members are also eligible for benefits on most of Delta’s airline partners. Benefits and mileage earnings depend on the type of partner – a regular partner, a preferred partner, a SkyTeam partner or a Skyteam Preferred partner. Here’s a quick summary of each:

Delta partner benefits

Medallion members are entitled to a list of standard benefits on all of Delta’s airline partners that are similar to the benefits that they receive on Delta flights. Depending on your level of status, these benefits include priority check-in, free baggage, priority boarding, preferred seating, lounge access and priority baggage handling.

Preferred partner benefits

With Delta’s preferred partners, you get additional benefits on top of regular partner benefits. The list varies by each partner, but generally includes upgrade privileges and mileage upgrade awards.

SkyTeam benefits

Through Delta’s membership in the SkyTeam alliance, you not only earn SkyMiles and elite status through any airline in the alliance, but you get a guaranteed list of benefits with every airline. Medallion members are granted either SkyTeam Elite status (Silver Medallion members) or SkyTeam Elite Plus status (Gold, Diamond and Platinum members). All SkyTeam Elite members receive priority waitlist, priority airport standby, priority check-in, extra baggage allowance, priority boarding, preferred seating and mileage upgrade awards. In addition, Elite Plus members get guaranteed reservations, priority security, priority baggage handling and lounge access.

Earning SkyMiles through Delta partners

On top of its airline partnerships, Delta allows you to earn SkyMiles through many travel partners, including Lyft, Airbnb and several hotel loyalty programs. Note that, with most of these programs, you can’t earn SkyMiles on top of the program’s rewards points. However, SkyMiles are more valuable than many of the points with these programs, so they may be the better choice:

Delta hotel partners

  Earning rate

Starwood Preferred Guest

2-3 miles per dollar

Marriott Rewards

2 miles per dollar

IHG Rewards Club

1-2 miles per dollar


Radisson Rewards

250-500 miles per eligible stay

Le Club Accor Hotels

2.5-12.5 miles for every 10 £

World of Hyatt

500 miles per eligible stay

Langham Hospitality

Up to 1,500 miles per stay

Millenium Hotels and Resorts

250-500 miles per qualifying stay

Shangri-La

500 miles per eligible stay

World Hotels

500 miles per eligible stay

Other Delta travel partners

  Earning rate

Lyft

1 mile per dollar

Airbnb

1 mile per dollar

Bottom line

As you can see, Delta Air Lines partners with a very large number of travel programs. The nature of the partnership varies quite a bit across the programs – some Delta partners allow you to earn points, others allow you to redeem points and enjoy elite status benefits, and some preferred partners offer additional benefits on top of your usual perks. Before you travel with a Delta partner, you should check to see which perks and earning opportunities you can take advantage of.

Your gateway to Delta perks

Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

Gold Delta SkyMiles card

Why should you get it?

Since its annual fee is waived in the first year, the Gold Delta SkyMiles card is the most affordable option for scoring a large introductory bonus and perks with Delta Air Lines.

More things to know: 

  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles if you spend $1,000 in first 3 months
  • $50 statement credit if you make a Delta purchase with your card in first 3 months
  • 2 points per dollar on Delta purchases
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases
  • First checked bag free for you and up to 8 companions
  • Priority boarding privileges
  • $0 annual fee in the first year ($95 thereafter) (See rates and fees)
  • Terms apply 

See Related: What are Delta SkyMiles worth?, Which Delta SkyMiles card is best for you?, Best ways to earn Delta SkyMiles, Best ways to redeem Delta SkyMiles, Delta elite status benefits, Delta Sky Club lounges, How to book a flight with Delta SkyMiles


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Updated: 09-25-2018