Need a few Skymiles “FAST”-ish to top off an account? Some ideas.

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A week does not go by without an e-mail from a reader who says something like:

“Rene, I need 100 miles to have enough Delta points to book an award ticket. What is the best way to get them?”

Naturally, the best way to get not just 100, but a bunch more, would be the Delta GOLD or PLATINUM Delta AMEX cards. But, even with spend, that can take 30-ish days. What if you need something faster? What can you do?

If you have membership rewards points, like from the Gold MR AMEX card,  they transfer over almost instantly so they are a good option to consider if absolute speed is needed (and you have the MR points).

Another good option is Skymiles dining. Right now there are ZERO bonus points so I would wait to join until they offer one but if you are in a RUSH, according to this FlyerTalk post, it can take just about a week to get the points. That is FAST-ish to me.

Starwood points, from your SPG personal or business card are also a good option. It will take 1-2 weeks to get the points from SPG to Delta. You can also use many other hotels to send points over. Keep in mind this is often NOT a good value, but you can do it.

Another one that can be reasonably quick, the focus of this post, is FedEx. You can get 500 bonus points with your first shipment and  even more with your fourth shipment.

And following the outstanding news this morning, after March 1st, if you are a medallion you can get Delta points for your SPG stays that could also help to top off your account.

Can you think of any other FAST ways to pick up just a few quick Delta Points? – René

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  1. Buy them from Delta. I think it is 1000 minimum but this is probably the fastest way. While not cheap in larger quantity this can be a good deal if you found low level inventory on a long haul flight in business. Grab the seats before they are gone!!!

  2. Transfer from HHonors, or stay at a Hilton family hotel with double dip set to Delta miles. Miles post to Delta within a few days of checkout. 100 for fixed miles at a Hampon Inn, so even a stay for $50 would get the 100 miles needed. 500 for a HGI, so even better if you can find a cheap rate at one of those.

  3. I wouldn’t exactly call Skymiles dining “quick.” It takes a few days to post, and you don’t know how many you’ll get. Heck, you don’t know even if they will post – sometimes there’s a mess up and the website doesn’t register that you ate at a Skymiles dining restaurant. This happened to me once.

  4. Lol. The ONLY logical advice is to buy them. If you’re 100 miles short and you need them fast.

  5. Another option is to do a trade at There’s a fee involved, but there are always tons of people offering to trade point from various other programs. I myself haven’t ever done one of these trades yet, but it’s something I keep in mind, just in case…

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