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That morning Starbucks run is about to pay off even more thanks to a new team-up between Delta Airlines and Starbucks.
Two popular but seemingly unrelated loyalty programs — Delta SkyMiles and Starbucks Rewards — are joining forces to reward their customers for grabbing coffee or taking flights. You don’t have to spend a dime to sign up for Delta SkyMiles or Starbucks Rewards.
Find out how you can earn free coffee and flights with the new Starbucks and Delta rewards program:
Link your Starbucks and Delta accounts by Dec. 31, 2022, to get a free coffee and 500 SkyMiles.
Starbucks and Delta both want to give you free rewards points for linking your accounts. Just visit DeltaStarbucks.com and log in with both programs’ credentials.
Starbucks will reward you 150 points (called Stars) for linking your accounts. If you link your Starbucks Rewards and Delta SkyMiles accounts and buy something at Starbucks before Dec. 31, you’ll get those Stars credited to your account — and it’s enough to get you a free coffee.
On top of that, Delta will credit you 500 free SkyMiles for linking your accounts. Typically, you’ll earn five miles per $1 you spend on your ticket, so those 500 SkyMiles would’ve normally cost $100. It won’t get you enough to buy a free flight, but it’s a start.
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Then you’ll get one Delta SkyMiles point for every $1 you spend at Starbucks.
Your daily coffee habit will help you earn SkyMiles that could eventually turn into free airfare. For every $1 you spend on Starbucks, Delta will reward you with one SkyMiles point (one SkyMile?). And that’s on top of the Starbucks Stars you earn (one Star per $1 spent or two Stars per $1 spent if you use a Starbucks card).
Don’t get too excited, though; you’re probably not going to be able to earn enough SkyMiles from Starbucks to buy a plane ticket. We’ve seen one-way flights that could be bought at Delta.com for as low as 2,500 SkyMiles, but tickets for 4,500 SkyMiles are much more common.
To earn those 4,500 SkyMiles, you’d need to buy 1,085 Venti Cafe Lattes at $4.15 apiece. But hey, if you did that (and used a Starbucks card to pay), you’d also have more than 9,000 Starbucks Stars (which would get you 180 free coffees).
Also: Diamond and Platinum SkyMiles members will be able to choose to receive 4,000 Starbucks Stars as one of their annual Choice benefits.
Earn double Starbucks points on days you fly Delta.
Another benefit of linking your Delta and Starbucks accounts is that you’ll get your own special double points days. Your Starbucks purchase on the days you have Delta flights will earn you double stars (Starbucks rewards points).
Typically Starbucks Rewards members only earn one Star per $1 on Starbucks purchases, and they get double stars if they pay with a gift card. On dates you have Delta flights, you’ll earn double the points no matter what way you pay.
TIP: If you travel on a day that’s already a Starbucks Double Star Day, you’ll earn triple Stars.