After accruing enough miles, people may use Delta SkyMiles for several benefits, including upgrading seats on Delta flights, joining elite company travel clubs, enjoying free or reduced prices on flights and even shopping. Delta SkyMiles, like those of many airlines, accrue over time with subsequent travels. Delta customers use their miles like cash or credit and, for a certain number, they receive rewards in the form of merchandise, travel perks and discounts on vacations.
One primary benefit of SkyMiles is receiving free or reduced flights to popular destinations. This benefit, called Award Travel, lets consumers put miles towards expenses when traveling to certain destinations. The company also maintains a catalog of consumer items, called the SkyMiles Marketplace. This catalog contains various items, such as magazines, that consumers may select after accruing the requisite number of points.
Instead of cashing in miles for free flights, people may choose to upgrade their seats on existing flights. These upgrades include switching from economy or cabin seating to premium, business and first-class seats on Delta flights. Travelers may also choose to join the Delta Sky Club with their miles, or participate in programs with Delta's partners, such as Vinesse wines. Customers also have the option of donating their SkyMiles to charitable organizations.