Flyers Can Now Earn Delta SkyMiles on Starbucks Purchases

Link your accounts to earn both Delta SkyMiles and Starbucks Stars on your Starbucks purchases.
Sally French
By Sally French 
Edited by Meghan Coyle

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Here’s a relatively new way to earn Delta SkyMiles. Delta Air Lines has a partnership with Starbucks that allows customers to earn Delta SkyMiles for their spending, as well as bonus Starbucks Stars on days they fly with Delta.

How the Delta-Starbucks partnership works

You’ll have to link your Delta SkyMiles and Starbucks loyalty accounts by visiting to start earning rewards in both programs.

Here are the rewards:

  • Earn one Delta SkyMile per $1 spent 1 on eligible purchases at Starbucks (excluding taxes and gratuity).

  • Earn double Starbucks Stars on eligible purchases at participating Starbucks stores on days when you have a scheduled flight with Delta.

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What else you need to know

The news comes shortly after Delta announced some fairly significant changes to its loyalty program, including raising its spending requirement to earn Medallion elite status and adding new Choice Benefits, which are extra goodies for Diamond and Platinum Medallion members. With today’s Starbucks news, Delta added one more additional Choice Benefit to those announced earlier this month: 4,000 Stars. That’s more than 25 free hand-crafted beverages.

The earnings rate is likely not going to make you rich with SkyMiles, but it’s an easy way to earn miles on top of spending you’re already doing. NerdWallet values a Delta mile at 1.2 cents, so a $5 latte would earn you about six cents worth of Delta miles.

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If you’ve got a coffee habit and spend $5 at Starbucks every day of the year, you would earn about 1,825 miles annually. That means you’re looking at about $27 in Delta SkyMiles value. That’s not even enough miles to cover a checked bag. (You need 3,000 Delta SkyMiles to cover a checked bag fee.)

Still, it’s likely better than nothing — especially if it might just get you enough miles for a free flight. Another way to bolster you Delta SkyMiles account is by spending on a co-branded Delta credit card.

Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines and Starbucks.

How to maximize your rewards

You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2024, including those best for:

Cards for Delta from our Partners
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card

on Chase's website

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining, select streaming services and online groceries, 2x on all other travel purchases, 1x on all other purchases.


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Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

on Capital One's website

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Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day. Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options.


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Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.

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