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25,000 SKYMILES for $500 spending coming soon + 2 FREE DELTA drink coupons!

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EDIT: JUST GOT WORD the deal
will be LIVE tomorrow
but limited to first 1000 orders!

I will post tonight about the final details and what I will be doing.

It is going to be great.

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How would you like earn a free domestic low level award ticket for every $500 you spend at Skymall? Skymall ran this promotion back in September this year and I collected a cool ¼ million skymiles for an all-in cost of just $700.

How did I do this? If you purchased at least $500 on one invoice, withing 8 weeks, you will be credited 25,000 skymiles for the purchase. You could do this as much as you wanted.

Now since a coach class ticket to Europe costs just under $1000 (depending on where you are going) you can see what a deal this can be. For two purchases / invoices you get 50,000 miles that is just short of a free low level ticket to Europe. If you make 4 purchases / invoices then you earn 100,000 miles or enough for a free business class ticket for just $2000 in spend. Now this is if you just buy things for yourself or gifts for others. I did not do that!

What I did was this. I found that they sold  SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1’s  for $499.99. I also got a 9v battery for 99 cents. I then resold all 10 of the TAB’s on eBay in one day. My cost to sell them including my eBay, Paypal and s&h fee’s to get them out the door was a loss of $70 per order. Thus, for $700 I earned 250,000 skymiles plus 10,000 Capital One points for the $5000 purchase cost (10×500).

I have had questions as to why I did not use my DELTA AMEX RESERVE credit card to earn 5x points per dollar spent at SKYMALL on this deal? The terms said you could not do both otherwise my DELTA card would have been the clear winner for this as well.

I have been told, and you can  read more about it here at FlyerTalk, that the deal will be coming back this week. So if you are going to take advantage of the promotion do some homework and start looking for thing to buy and keep or to resell that you can “lose” as little as possible on.

A few final thoughts about this deal. I wish I had gone “BIG” last time and gone for 1 million miles. It was very E-Z and cheap last time. This time the cost will be higher. I see $100-150 loss per item all-in. Still, if you lose as much as $200 per order, you are buying a business class low level mile ticket to Europe for just $800+ tax. Again, do some homework and see if this will be worth it to you when it goes live (not yet obviously)! – René

Just to be nice how about a chance for 2 more free drink/snack coupons for DELTA good until 31DEC2012 – just comment below(by 10PM EST) and I will randomly pick a winner and get them in the mail to you! PS – keep read’in the blog more giveaways all next week as well 🙂

We have a WINNER it is: #14 Ben Chapman !

 Congratulations Ben you WON. Please email me from the SAME email you posted with and include your mailing address and I will get them out to you tomorrow! Thanks to everyone for reading the blog – René

Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

83 Comments

  1. Can never have enuf drink coupons, thanks for the chance to win em!

  2. I wish I had gone “BIG” last time –> Spend $20K? Wow!

    Do you receive the Delta miles credited?

  3. deltagoldflyer

    Yes. Unlike the “other” shopping portals we know all to well about these people are just TOPS! I did this last year as a little test and got 50k miles. This year I and my wife got all the miles by NOV 15th!

  4. Wow, great post! I’ll be searching for the easiest items to resell.

  5. Awesome post! It should be easy to resell on eBay. I also wonder about price matches as sky mall is usually more expensive than other sites.

  6. I really love your blog. I feel like you are writing specifically to me!

  7. View from the Wing has posted SkyMall will do price matches

  8. Nice post! This could be a great way too for people to meet minimum spend requirements on their new credit cards!

  9. deltagoldflyer

    Yes Aaron the skymall insider has said this round they will price match. It is talked about at Flyertalk (my post as well with Aarons update)

  10. deltagoldflyer

    HI Chad – they have said they plan to but wait until the final terms are out to be sure! – Rene

  11. deltagoldflyer

    Hi Denis – shussss don’t tell everyone – they can read if they want to I guess! – Rene

  12. Ben Chapman

    It’s an interesting way to do things..i guess the payout is big enough to make it worth it, but you have to wonder the time and risk required…

    I’m all for risk, but hoping that my $5k of Galaxy Tabs sell is a tough convince lol.

    Maybe I can win these drink coupons?

  13. I thought about “going big” last time, I’ll take a serious look at it this time around. Thanks for the chance to win some drink tickets! 🙂

  14. Phil Gold

    i;m keeping my eye out and checking my CC balances to get ready to do the same this week

  15. I love the blog so far, but can I offer a couple pieces of constructive criticism?
    1) For easier and more pleasant readability, please stop all-capping every DELTA reference. Delta themselves spell their name “Delta” so that should be good enough for the Delta Points blog.
    2) E-Z is spelled “easy”.

    Thanks! Not trying to be a pain, just offering my suggestions for what would make the blog more pleasant.

  16. Pricematch galaxy tab to amazon for $449, then sell on craigslist? sounds like a plan

  17. Great tips! But I’m no good at EBay, thus a bit worry on the selling part especially I’m not base in U.S.

  18. deltagoldflyer

    Hi Scott – I love Constructive criticism and want to make my blogger better. I will keep the DELTA in mind but I like E-Z so no on that one 😉

  19. This would be a great way to meet minimum spend on some of the new cards out there. I picked up one new card, but since I only put about 2K a month on credit I’ll need 3 months to make minimums.

    I’m going to take a look at the mall and figure out the all-in cost after also considering the 50K bonus from Chase.

  20. Rick Jones

    Thanks for the drink offer and congrats on the miles!
    -Rick

  21. Autolycus

    Thanks for the updates. I’m definitely going to take a look at the SkyMall promotion, even if it’s just to find $500 worth of stuff that I’ll use or gift.

    Free drink coupons would be great too!

  22. Hmm… I think I’m going to be checking out SkyMall and doing some planning.
    -Tim

  23. Missed this the last time around but may be a good option for holiday shopping. Or some eBay shenanigans. 🙂

  24. Did this last time with some stuff to net $0.5 cpm, or about double of what the avg mile is worth. Looking forward to it again this time!

  25. Hey Rene – just saw that this goes live tomorrow – do you think the Canon Rebel T3 SLR might be the better choice this time around or are you still going for the Galaxy?

  26. Easy task to be considered for a drink coupon. Here is my Comment. Haha

  27. SkyMall will not pricematch to Amazon becuase they have 3rd part sellers listed and compare that to Ebay.

  28. Danielle

    wow. this is crazy. i dont know if i have time to do that… i’d be happy just for an extra 25,000 miles. did you do the buy quarters from the mint, too? or were those silver dollars?

  29. Great post! I’ll be searching for the easiest items to resell.

  30. Very thought-provoking. I’d love to be considered for the drink coupons.

  31. I bought 8 Galaxy Tabs last time around and I’ll see how many I can buy this time, but will wait to see what the exact T&Cs are first.

    Would also like a chance at some free Delta drinks!

  32. Good, informative post on the Delta promotion — and thanks for the drink coupon giveaway.

  33. It is OK Dare, I will buy you a drink in 1st class when you are next to me to make you feel better from all the miles you get from this!

  34. That may be true anecdotaly, but the policy of Skymall as told to me by reps over the phone and an email rejecting my pricematch request said that ebay and amazon are not valid sources for a pricematch.Here’s the email i got:

    Subject: Re: price match order # xxxxxxxxxx [InteractionID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]

    Dear xxxxxxx,

    SkyMall does not price match with auction website’ s such as, e-bay and amazon. The product you are looking to price match is through the amazon site, it won’t be eligible for a price match I do apologize for the inconvenience.

    If you need further assistance, please contact us 1-800-759-6255.

    Thank you,
    [SkyMall]

  35. Maybe the Rosetta Stone 5 level sets might be an option?

  36. Palmtenor

    Does buying gift cards count toward the purchase amount?

  37. Count me in for the coupon!
    Great start of a blog!

  38. drbobguy

    Thanks for giving a great update on this. Would love the coupons as well!

  39. Stephanie

    I didn’t even know about this promotion until I read this post!..and who doesn’t love free coupons? 🙂

  40. Sorry gone for today. But I will have lot’s of other giveaways next week so keep reading the blog! – Rene

  41. Can anyone confirm if this offer is only valid for the first 1000 order?

  42. Yes 100% I can confirm this will only be for the first 1000 orders over $500. When that point is reached the site will redirect you to 3x per $$$ spent. It will be fun to see how long it lasts!

  43. The deal seems still not live. Is there any more information on that? Thanks.

  44. I would also like to know if gift cards can be purchased.

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