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Delta Suspends the SkyMiles Marketplace

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Delta’s SkyMiles Marketplace — a shopping site allowing members to redeem points for merchandise — has been suspended.

Perhaps not too coincidentally, Bloomberg reports Delta is “preparing to issue new debt backed by [the SkyMiles] program, the latest [airline] to use miles to help boost liquidity amid the Covid-19 pandemic.” United did something similar in June.

A Delta spokesperson told us, “Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business, we have decided to pause SkyMiles Marketplace. Existing SkyMiles Member Marketplace purchases will be honored.”

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We generally haven’t been huge fans of the SkyMiles Marketplace. Why? We’ve seen some redemptions valued at 1/5 of one cent. At the bare minimum, we’d rather redeem them for travel,. even if it’s for a penny each, such as through Pay with Miles. (That’s five times better than some of the SkyMiles Marketplace redemptions.)

But, hey, they’re (sort of) your miles — spend ’em however makes you happy.

Final Approach

Is this bad news for Delta and SkyMiles? It’s certainly not good. But Delta has bigger fish to fry than buying merchandise — even at crazy discounts — to sell for miles and points.

Maybe if people don’t miss the SkyMiles Marketplace, it won’t return — and SkyMiles may be worth more at some point. (Hey, a guy can wish.)

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3 Comments

  1. Weird. You’d think Delta would want more people to use miles on these types of redemptions if they’re looking to issue debt based on Skymiles.

    • @YP – The really scary thing to think about is that Delta does not value a Skymile at even 1/5th of 1 cent! YIKES!

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