Delta Airlines and Airbnb announced a partnership that grants bonus miles through its SkyMiles rewards program to guests and new hosts who use the Airbnb marketplace. For travelers, Delta’s SkyMiles members who are existing Airbnb guests can earn 1 mile per $1 (US dollars or its foreign equivalent) spent on all Airbnb stays all over the world. In addition, SkyMiles members who open an account on Airbnb could get a $25 credit off their first qualifying Airbnb stay, 1 mile per $1 spent on qualifying stays, and up to 1,000 bonus miles for a first stay (total of at least $50). These offers are only valid when booked through deltaairbnb.com, the partnership portal website created for SkyMiles members.
The news came just days after Wyndham’s announcement that it is expanding the Wyndham Rewards program to include its vacation rental inventory. Both Delta and Wyndham cited the traveler’s desire to choose private home accommodations for vacations as a motivating factor for adding short term rentals, the fastest growing sector of travel, to their rewards program offerings.
However, the Delta-Airbnb partnership is unique in that, in addition to granting members bonus miles based on stays, Delta is also issuing rewards to hosts who sign up to rent their home through Airbnb.
To qualify for the Airbnb/Delta Host Offer, Hosts may receive up to 25,000 bonus miles by earning Host Earnings. The offer is valid only for new Airbnb Hosts. New Airbnb Hosts must:
- Create a New Listing
- Click “List Your Space” after navigating from deltaairbnb.com to airbnb.com
- Complete the Verified ID process
- Accept and complete reservation(s) in order to reach the following earn thresholds to receive up to 25,000 bonus miles.
A New Listing must be new and not previously activated or duplicated from another Airbnb listing, and it must be associated with a Host who has never hosted on Airbnb previously. Airbnb Host Offer expires October 31, 2017.
“This industry leading partnership enables us to provide a unique benefit to our SkyMiles members, enabling us to reward them for their lifestyle choices through the SkyMiles loyalty program.” said Sandeep Dube, Delta Vice President – Customer Engagement & Loyalty. “This partnership brings together two innovative brands focused on delivering superior travel experiences across the globe to customers.”
“We are excited to partner with Delta and offer their travelers the opportunity to earn Delta miles when staying and hosting on Airbnb, while creating memorable moments with friends and family,” said Lex Bayer, Head of Business Development, Airbnb. “SkyMiles members can now enjoy the additional benefits of living like a local with authentic travel experiences on Airbnb in all global destinations that Delta services.”
All SkyMiles Members can earn miles with Airbnb by booking directly through delta.com/airbnb. Customers who are not already enrolled in the SkyMiles program can sign up for free through the partner page or delta.com/enroll to become eligible.
Beyond the partnership, Airbnb has signed Delta as one of its preferred airline suppliers to transport its employees travelling on company business. Additionally, Delta has signed on to be the exclusive airline sponsor of the annual Airbnb Open event, held in Los Angeles, beginning on Nov. 17. As an event partner, Delta is providing exclusive airfare discounts for thousands of global attendees and hosting a branded lounge space.