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Delta Air Lines

Delta is the world's second largest airline in terms of passengers carried and the leading US carrier across the Atlantic, offering daily flights to 493 destinations in 87 countries.

With Delta Air Lines, Flying Blue members can:

Earn Award Miles
Earn Level Miles
Earn qualifying flights
Earn Elite bonus Miles
Spend Award Miles
Extend the validity of Award Miles
Enjoy SkyTeam benefits worldwide

What are the conditions for earning and spending Miles with Delta Air Lines?

Flying Blue members can earn Miles on:
  • Flights that are operated by Delta Air Lines and marketed as DL, AF, KL or a SkyTeam-partner
  • Tickets with a booking sub-class that is mentioned in the table below
  • Flights that are operated by Delta Connection carriers:
    • ExpressJet (EV)
    • Chautauqua Airlines (RP)
    • Compass (CP)
    • GoJet Airlines (G7)
    • Endeavor Air (9E)
    • Shuttle America (S5)
    • SkyWest (OO)  
Flying Blue members can spend Miles on:
  • Flights that are operated by Delta Air Lines and marketed as DL
Flying Blue members cannot earn Miles on:
  • Tickets with a booking sub-class that is not mentioned in the table below
  • Tickets that were purchased with Award Miles: R, O and N
Please note: due to operational limitations, all passengers are only allowed 1 piece of luggage on Delta Air Lines flights to and from Key West, Florida (EYW).

How can I earn Miles?

To earn Miles according to the Delta Air Lines earning scheme, you must purchase a flight that is marketed and operated by Delta Air Lines. The distance you fly in miles provides a number that forms the basis of what you will earn. Your booking sub-class will determine the applicable earning percentage. Have a look at the scheme below and read more about how it works.

Delta Air Lines Accrual scheme (effective as of 01-01-2015):
Cabin Class Booking sub-class
Earn %
First Class F, P 200%
A 175%
G 125%
Business Class J, C 175%
D, I 150%
Z 125%
Premium Economy W 125%
Economy Class Y, B, M, S 100%
H 75%
Q, K, L 50%
U, T, X, V, E 25%

How many Miles will I earn?

The number of Award Miles and Level Miles you will earn depends on three important factors:

1) The marketing carrier and the operating airline
The accrual scheme of the marketing carrier determines how many Miles you can earn on your flight. It is easy to find out which airline is the marketing carrier for your flight. The two-digit airline code that comes before the flight number (e.g. DL 0123) shows which airline is the marketing carrier.

If your flight number starts with an airline code from one of the Flying Blue partner airlines (e.g. AZ 0123) the accrual scheme of that specific partner (in this case Alitalia) will apply, even if the flight is operated by another airline. Please check the relevant airline partner page for more information about the number of Miles you can earn.

2) The distance flown
The distance in miles between the place of origin and destination determines the number of Award Miles and Level Miles you will earn. But when the distance you cover one-way is less than 750 miles on an international flight or 500 miles on a domestic flight*, Flying Blue offers you a minimum number of Miles: in this case, you will earn the minimum 750 or 500 Award Miles and Level Miles respectively. Please note that the accrual scheme also applies to the minimum amount.

*Domestic flight: within USA and between USA and Canada.

3) The booking sub-class
Every cabin class is divided into different booking sub-classes, related to the fare you booked. The booking sub-class is specified as a letter on your ticket and will determine the percentage of Miles you earn based on the distance flown, as described above. Please have a look at the accrual scheme to check the earning percentage for your booking sub-class.

How does the calculation work?

Use our handy Miles Calculator to find out how many Miles you will earn with your ticket. An explanation of the calculation for earning Miles is given below.

Earning Level Miles
  1. The distance flown is multiplied with the earning percentage of the booking sub-class.
Level Miles = distance in miles x earning percentage of booking sub-class

Earning Award Miles
  1. The distance flown is multiplied with the earning percentage of the booking sub-class.
  2. The distance flown is multiplied with the earning percentage of the Elite bonus, if applicable.
  3. These numbers are added up.
Award Miles = (distance in miles x earning percentage of booking sub-class) +
(distance in miles x earning percentage Elite bonus)

For example

DL flight from Atlanta to Salt Lake City (Domestic flight: 1,585 miles one-way)

As a Flying Blue Gold member in Business Class – booking sub-class D, you earn:

Level Miles
Distance in miles: 1,585 Total
Booking sub-class: 150% 2,378
2,378
Award Miles
Distance in miles: 1,585 Total
Booking sub-class: 150% Elite bonus: 75% 8,157
2,378 1,189

As a Flying Blue Ivory member in Economy Class – booking sub-class L, you earn:

Level Miles
Distance in miles: 1,585 Total
Booking sub-class: 50% 793
793
Award Miles
Distance in miles: 1,585 Total
Booking sub-class: 50% Elite bonus: N/A 793
793 0

How can I spend Miles?

With Delta Air Lines you can use your Award Miles for a flight or an upgrade. Our Miles Calculator will tell you exactly how many Miles you need to spend.

You can also use your Miles to reserve a seat with more legroom on board your Delta Air Lines flight. This extra option is easily arranged online via Delta My Trip. And did you know you can enjoy lounge access to one of the many Delta Air Lines and SkyTeam lounges all over the world by paying with Miles? Find out more

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