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Delta SkyMiles do not expire. However, in some instances, Delta may choose to deactivate or close your account. If this happens, you would lose your miles. The Delta SkyMiles rules page says:
“Under the SkyMiles Mileage Expiration policy, miles do not expire. Delta reserves the right to deactivate or close an account.”
When Can Delta Close Your Account?
According to the Delta rules page, your account can be terminated — and your miles forfeited — in any of the following six cases:
- Fraudulent activity on your account.
- You request account closure.
- Death of the Delta SkyMiles member.
- Repeated failure to respond to communications from Delta.
- You move to a country that prohibits membership in frequent flyer programs.
- You break the rules of the Delta SkyMiles program.
Delta also notes that it has the right to audit your account at any time and without notice to ensure you're following the SkyMiles rules.
Boosting Your Delta SkyMiles Balance
You can earn Delta SkyMiles in a variety of ways, and there's no need to worry about which methods keep your miles alive. The easiest method to earn a pile of SkyMiles quickly is through welcome bonuses or everyday spending on a Delta credit card.
Delta offers four consumer credit cards and three small business cards that earn Delta miles. And, if you navigate the new Delta family card rules, you can earn bonus miles from a welcome offer on each one of them! For more details, see how to choose the right Delta card.
In addition, you can earn Delta SkyMiles in any of the following ways:
- Fly with Delta or any of its SkyTeam partners.
- Stay at a variety of hotel brands, including Marriott Bonvoy and IHG, as well as Airbnb and reservations through the “hotels” tab on Delta's website.
- Rent a car with a wide range of partners, including National, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, and more.
- Shop through the Delta shopping portal.
- Dine out with Delta’s dining program.
- Book a Delta Vacation package.
- Earn miles on your energy or gas bill with select partners.
- Earn on Starbucks purchases after linking your accounts.
- Buy flowers and gifts from FTD.
- Buy wine from Vinesse Wines.
- Purchase tickets from Ticketmaster.
- Earn SkyMiles on your next Lyft ride.
- Shop with Instacart.
- Rent a car from Turo.
Since Delta SkyMiles do not expire, you don't have to worry about which of these earning options are “qualifying”. Having a plethora of earning options is just a bonus.
On top of the many ways you can earn SkyMiles, you have another option if you're short on miles for a redemption. You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Delta SkyMiles. Transfers are at a 1:1 ratio with a minimum transfer of 1,000 points. Typically, transfers are immediate, so you can find your award, make your transfer, and then finalize your booking quickly.
Related: 7 Best Ways to Use Delta SkyMiles
Surprisingly, Delta has one of the most generous points expiration policies: SkyMiles do not expire. Delta's program stands out amongst its peers, despite its frequent points devaluations and lack of an award chart. However, the program still offers some great value if you use it wisely.
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