You Can Now Earn Delta Miles on Starbucks Orders—Here’s How

Customers who link their accounts by March 31 and make a coffee purchase will earn 500 bonus miles with Delta and 200 Starbucks points.

A Starbucks Coffee at Singapore Changi Airport. The American coffee company is ubiquitous at airports throughout the world.

Ordering Starbucks on the day of your scheduled Delta flight can earn you double loyalty points at the coffee chain.

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Your iced coffee habit could help earn you a free flight (or, at the very least, get you closer to elite status)—if you’re both a Starbucks and a Delta Air Lines loyalist, that is.

The carrier and the coffee chain announced a new partnership in October 2022 allowing customers to earn Delta SkyMiles (Delta’s frequent flier points) on Starbucks orders. For every dollar spent at Starbucks, Delta loyalty members earn one mile. Similarly, Starbucks loyalty members can also earn double Stars (or Starbucks points) on purchases made on days they’re flying with Delta.

There is one caveat to what Starbucks purchases are eligible: They have to be food, drinks, or merchandise. Starbucks gift cards won’t earn bonus miles. But purchases can be made through the app and in-store. The program is available to both existing and new loyalty members.

To encourage engagement, the brands are currently offering a promotion to customers who link their accounts by March 31, 2023. Those who couple their memberships will immediately earn 500 bonus SkyMiles, and as soon as they make a Starbucks purchase, they’ll earn an extra 200 Stars. For context, 200 Stars, according to the Starbucks website, can net you a few drip coffees, hot teas, or bakery items (they cost around 50 Stars each); or one espresso drink or breakfast sandwich (redeemable for 150 Stars). So even if you’re more of a local coffee shop patron, it may be worth linking to the account for a free last-minute coffee run—think of all the times you’ve had an early flight, and the global coffee chain was the only option.

Starbucks isn’t the only nonairline partner Delta has. Delta customers can also earn additional SkyMiles by linking to Lyft (a ride-share company), Instacart (a grocery delivery service), and various car rental, hotel, and shopping partners.

How to link your Starbucks and Delta accounts

Head to deltastarbucks.com to fill out the form. All it will ask for is your first and last name, as well as account numbers for your Starbucks and Delta accounts. After agreeing to the terms and conditions, your accounts will automatically be joined. To get the points and miles, purchases must be made either by using a linked payment method or preloaded Starbucks Card registered to your Starbucks Rewards account or by scanning your barcode located in the Starbucks mobile app prior to completing checkout.

Bailey Berg is a freelance travel writer and editor, who covers breaking news, trends, tips, transportation, sustainability, the outdoors, and more. She was formerly the associate travel news editor at AFAR. Her work can also be found in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the Points Guy, Atlas Obscura, Vice, Thrillist, Men’s Journal, Architectural Digest, Forbes, Lonely Planet, and beyond.
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