How to Earn 2,500 Bonus SkyMiles for Changing Your Delta Flight

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SkyMiles members may have the opportunity to earn bonus miles for simply changing their flight. For a limited time, select SkyMiles members can earn 2,500 bonus SkyMiles when they change their flight using the Delta Air Lines mobile app. While this is a pretty straight-forward promotion, there are a few things you should know.

2,500 Bonus Delta SkyMiles Offer Details

First and foremost, this is a targeted promotion. Unless you receive an email from Delta, you will not be able to take advantage of this offer. Assuming Delta's goal is to promote the ability to change flights within the airline's app, it would make sense to expand this promotion to all members. However, this is not the case. So, before you make any changes to your upcoming itineraries, check your emails.

Targeted SkyMiles members can earn 2,500 bonus for simply changing their flight
Targeted SkyMiles members can earn a 2,500 bonus for simply changing their flight. (Image via Delta)

For the eligible members that receive this offer, only select flights will be eligible. For a flight to be included in this offer, you must have booked said flight before receiving this offer. So, if you find out you're eligible and then book a flight, that flight will not be eligible.

While Delta is pushing the ability to change flights within its mobile app, you can still take advantage of this offer through Delta's official website. Personally, I highly recommend using Delta.com over the Delta mobile app to make any changes to your itinerary. This advice goes for virtually all airlines that offer both a mobile app alongside their official website. An airline's website, especially when used on a laptop or desktop, is far more user-friendly than mobile apps.

Finally, this offer is only good through the end of June 2021. After June 30, 2021, changes made to eligible itineraries will no longer count towards this promotion.

What Are 2,500 SkyMiles Worth?

Based on the actual cash value of 394 recent award bookings, SkyMiles provided AwardWallet members with 2.18¢ per mile in value. This value varies on what type of award flight you're booking:

  • Short-haul economy and premium economy: 1.39¢ of value
  • Short-haul business and first class: 1.77¢ of value
  • Long-haul economy and premium economy: 1.41¢ of value
  • Long-haul business and first class: 3.2¢ of value

There's a big caveat though. Most of the bookings are from before Delta's recent devaluations. So, the value may be lower for future redemptions.

If we assume that Delta SkyMiles are currently worth around 1.45 cents per mile, 2,500 SkyMiles are worth around $36. That's a rather impressive figure when you consider that all you need to do is change your flight using the Delta mobile app or Delta.com. Change your flight and get $36 in SkyMiles. That's not a bad deal at all!

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Making Changes to Your Itinerary

For now, any Delta Air Lines flight can be changed free of charge. Keep in mind, while changes can be made free of charge, you may still be responsible for any fare differences.

On April 1, 2021, change fees return for all basic economy tickets. Additionally, effective April 1, only flights on the following routes can be changed without incurring change fees:

  • Flights originating in North America to all Delta Air Lines destinations worldwide
  • All flights operating solely within North America
  • Flights originating in the Caribbean to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico

You can still take advantage of this promotion even if changing your flight means incurring a change fee or fare difference. However, if changing your Delta flight means change fees and hefty fare differences, you might want to forgo the 2,500 bonus SkyMiles.

Let's assume you've booked an itinerary that doesn't come with change fees and only a minimal fare difference. Here's how to change your flight using both the Delta mobile app and Delta.com.

Using The Mobile App

Fire up the Delta Air Lines mobile app. If you haven't already, log in to your Delta SkyMiles account. This will allow you to view your future flights as well as other SkyMiles info.

Once you've logged in, tap the “My Trips” tab and select the flight you wish to change. Once your flight information loads on the following screen, tap “Modify Flights” in the top right corner of your screen.

To get started with flight changes on the Delta mobile app, tap “Modify Flights.” (Image via Delta)

The next screen provides some information on changing your flight. On that screen, tap “Start Flight Change.” The following screen allows you to customize your search for your ideal flight. Once you've completed all required fields, tap “Find New Flights.” The following screen presents you with a list of available flights with pricing information. Tap on your desired flight.

Tap your desired flight to advance to the next screen. (Image via Delta)

The following screen provides you with a summary of your change and all applicable fees and fare differences. When you're ready to change your flight, scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap “Buy Now.”

Complete your changes in the Delta mobile app by tapping “Buy Now.” (Image via Delta)

Using Delta.com

Once Delta's official website loads, log in to your SkyMiles account. Click the “My Tips” tab in the main navigation menu. This will expand the navigation menu revealing your future trips. Click the trip you wish to change. The following screen provides detailed flight information.

While on this page, click “Modify Flights” near the top right of the screen. The following page provides you with the option to change or cancel your flight. Click the box that says “Start Flight Change.”

Click “Modify Flight” in the upper right-hand corner of your screen to begin changing your flights. (Image via Delta.com)

Like with the mobile app, the following screen provides you with a flight search tool. Input all required fields and click “Find New Flights.” The next screen will show you all available flights. Once you've found the perfect flight, hover over your desired fare and click “Select.”

Select your desired flight to continue. Be sure to note the pricing of each flight and fare. (Image via Delta.com)

The final screen shows you a summary of your changes and any fare differences or change fees. Once you're ready to change your flight, click “Complete Change.”

Click “Complete Change” to finalize all changes. (Image via Delta.com)

When Will Your Miles Post to Your SkyMiles Account?

Get ready to wait because it may take a while for those 2,500 bonus SkyMiles to post to your account. According to the fine print, you might have to wait up to 8 weeks once you've completed your flights. Of course, as is the case with pretty much every promotion, your wait time could be the full 8 weeks or significantly less. In the end, it's $36 worth of miles for just changing your flight. So, the wait is (arguably) worth it.

Related: 9 Epic Ways to Redeem Delta SkyMiles

The Bottom Line

This is a rather interesting promotion. Not only have most major U.S. airlines dropped most change and cancellation fees, but Delta is also going a step forward by offering select SkyMiles members an extra 2,500 to take advantage of these policy changes.

As mentioned above, this promo is targeted. Not all SkyMiles members will be eligible for the 2,500 miles offer. Additionally, flights booked after receiving notification of this offer are not eligible. Finally, to earn the extra SkyMiles, you will need to make changes by the end of June.

Were you targeted for this offer? Will 2,500 bonus Delta SkyMiles motivate you to change your flight?

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    I’ve changed a transcontinental flight by an hour, seems like an easy way to earn 2500 miles.

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    I think is a great opportunity that offer Delta. For other side the app it look great.

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    Does changing on the app actually work? My past experiences have largely resulted in needing to call the airline to change anything; the app and even the website just aren’t up to the job. Hopefully they’ve got the app working well.

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    This is really a bizzare promo 🙂 Probably intended to boost their app usage.

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    Qualifying sounds too convoluted, but it’s a great deal if you can get it.

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    Demetris Demetriou says:

    I received the promotion email. Too bad I do not have any flights to change 😉

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    I was not targeted for this offer by Delta Airlines. Thank you for the update on the potential value of my SkyMiles. I am not planning any international trips in 2021.

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    It might be a cheap way for some to top up their accounts.

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    Credit where it’s due, Delta have had some interesting initiatives during this time

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    angelo fonseca says:

    It is a pity that the offer is for specific customers. Congratulations to those who were awarded. Thanks for the tip anyway.

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    I’m with everyone else. This is a very weird promotion. There’s obviously an end game to this, but I don’t know what.

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    I have a flight booked, and I almost certainly will have to change it (the last few delta flights I’ve booked during the pandemic have had major schedule changes), but I don’t have a reason to change it during the promotion period, most likely.

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    I did not get an email for this promo so I guess I was not targetted.

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    Are they trying to cut costs by reducing the numbers of flight and credit vouchers?

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    This is a weird promotion and i’m just wondering what the idea behind this is ? Is it just to get more people to use the app ? In that case, wouldn’t some promo of booking a flight thru the app be more beneficial ?

    This seems like only for certain members who “may” need to change their flight.

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    Another offer which could be good but not in the current scenario. With covid there are very few probabilities that I plan/have a trip any time soon.

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    This is a great way to earn some free 2,500 bonus Skymiles but sadly, it doesn’t help if you don’t need to change a flight. If it were as simple as just changing a seat or something, that would be great but I am not willing to lose my flight to try and change to a different one and then hope I can change back to the original one I want.

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      Christine A Burri says:

      I totally agree. I booked a flight for a vacation. I don’t want to change a thing. Too bad there isn’t any offers for the ones who want to keep things the way they are.