When Delta added Airbnb to its SkyMiles program as an earning partner in November of 2016, it was a clear sign that Airbnb had come of age. The home-sharing service was no longer a novelty; it had earned a durable place in the travel landscape, alongside the likes of Hilton and Marriott.
For the second time since the partnership’s launch, Delta has doubled down on that endorsement, offering bonus miles for first-time Airbnb customers and tripling the earning rate for established customers.
Through October 31, SkyMiles members can earn a 2,000-mile bonus and a $25 discount for their first Airbnb stay. And during the same period, all Airbnb customers can earn three Delta miles for every $1 spent for their stays—triple the normal earning rate.
Also through October 31, there are special incentives in place for new Airbnb hosts:
- 2,500 bonus miles after the first $250 in host earnings
- 7,500 additional bonus miles after $1,000 in earnings
- 15,000 additional bonus miles after $2,500 in earnings
To earn the bonuses, sign-ups and bookings must be made through the dedicated deltaairbnb.com webpage.
Deal or No Deal
Airbnb has mileage-earning relationships with Virgin America and Qantas, and with United via that airline’s MileagePlus X shopping app. But the Delta tie-up is its highest-profile marketing relationship to date. Triple miles are clearly designed to raise that profile even further.
If the normal earning rate is a difference-maker, then triple miles can only be that much more meaningful. For stays at the major hotel chains, SkyMiles members generally earn between one and three miles per $1 spent. So this promotion makes Airbnb competitive with traditional hotels, mileage-wise.
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After 20 years working in the travel industry, and almost that long writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.
This article first appeared on SmarterTravel.com, where Tim is Editor-at-Large.