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Rookie Wednesday: E-Miles as part of earning points everywhere you can!

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Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.

Do you know what has changed since I was interviewed by Million Mile Secrets and told readers to “Start earning everywhere you can”? Absolutely nothing. One of the keys to this crazy points earning “game” we play is paying attention to the details. If there is one and ONLY ONE most important feature you must learn to succeed in this, it is that you must be detail-oriented. For example, if you are not detail-oriented you may miss paying a credit card IN FULL each and every month forever and pay a stupid amount of interest to the banks. Even just one month of this and you are loosing big time, so be detail-oriented.

The same thing applies to points. Look at THIS post about dining rewards that just take the time to add your credit card then you can get extra points when dining out (plus they have a 1500 point Skymiles bonus for new accounts). E-Rewards no longer offers Skymiles as a redemption option, but there is a VERY nice way to earn Skymiles and more as you can see HERE as I blogged about in another rookie post. There are also Thanks Again that once you enter your card you can earn Delta Skymiles at a bunch of places. Lastly we can always check the Delta.com page that has all the current partner bonus deals going on.

But now to today’s topic E-Miles. Until the first of the year we could earn Skymiles. But, like E-Rewards, that came to an end. During the transition time they really had a very poor grouping of redemption options. That has now changed as you can see from the screen grab at the top of this post! If you are reading this post not on May 15th, 2013, you may want to search for the most current new member bonus deals. As of today, you can get:

  • 275 E-Miles from the Hhonors link HERE
  • 275 E-Miles from the US Air link HERE
  • 100 United miles from this link HERE
  • ZERO bonus but you can PICK your reward program HERE

So pick the link that will give you the best perk. Then, once you reach 500 E-Miles you can pick any of the rewards you like the best (you are not bound to the program you join from). EDIT: It seems you ARE still bound by the start program, at least if you are an old user, so you may want to start and PICK the one you want from the list with ZERO bonus points. So, old Delta users get much more choice than others!

I chose to redeem mine for 750 Priority Club points. I try to always use my PC points for the point breaks nights at 5000 each so this redemption has some nice value toward a free night for me. But there are some “gotcha’s” you need to watch out for.

As soon as you earn an E-Mile the clock starts ticking for it’s expiration. You ONLY have one year after earning your mile to use it so BE CAREFUL if you let your miles sit too long!

Details details details. I can not say this enough times rookies. There are so many points out there and all the little ones can add up and can mean not just getting 1x points for a dollar spent but maybe 2x or 5x or 10x! Have any other neat little ways of earning points? Please share them with your 4000+ daily E-Mail and RSS Delta Points readers on the blog below (and include the link to the program you are talking about please)! – René

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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.

15 Comments

  1. how many days does it take for emiles to transfer points to Hilton Honors?

    • @traveller – it says 4-6 weeks. What I have found is they are much faster. Most times for me, just my experience, inside a week!

  2. Are you sure you “…can pick any of the rewards you like the best (you are not bound to the program you join from)”? I thought if you joined e-miles via United or US Airways, you could only redeem from that sponsor. I think you have the option to pick your reward because Delta is no longer a partner and hence no limitation on your rewards…

  3. GiveMeAllThePoints Reply

    I just signed up with a United account and hit my 500 mile mark. I am only able to redeem for MileagePlus miles.

    That being said, I am fine with this because I really only wanted to earn MileagePlus miles.

  4. GiveMeAllThePoints Reply

    @Delta Points

    To clarify, I signed up when I received the invitation a few weeks back. I just now hit 500 mile mark.

    Let me know if I’m wrong!

    • @GiveMeAllThePoints – developing – fun! 🙂 Keep in mind, worst case, you can use a new email and just not use the old log-in! 😉

  5. leslie brown Reply

    i am a new subscriber, how do I construct a mileage run. Is there a blog that describes the strategy? Thank you!

  6. e miles and e rewards are both a lot of work for not a lot of miles/points, but they do add up slowly. I also collect Coke bottle caps for the MyCokeRewards points, which several times a year offers the opportunity to exchange them for HHonors, PC points, or Southwest $20 Fly anywhere credits. Two weeks ago I cashed in for 3000 Priority Club points.

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