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How does the Delta SkyMiles program work?

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When a customer signs up for Delta SkyMiles, he earns miles based on the price of his airline ticket price, not the miles flown, as of May 2015. The higher the ticket price, the more points he receives. The miles can be redeemed for award travel or first-class upgrades.

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How does the Delta SkyMiles program work?
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The Delta SkyMiles program allows customers to earn miles toward travel and other special benefits. The miles don't expire, and customers who have the Delta SkyMiles credit card can earn up to an additional two miles per dollar on Delta purchases with the credit card.

When customers are shopping for flights, they can use their miles plus cash to help pay for qualifying flights. There are no blackout dates for traveling, and delta.com has an awards calendar available so customers can determine how many points select flights cost. Customers can also view their points balance for redeemable miles at the Account Activity tab at delta.com as well as see an estimate of the redeemable miles they will earn when they book a flight logged into their account. When shopping for flights, customers can compare the costs of different flights in miles versus money to make it easier to choose their preferred forms of payment.

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