This is truly a limited time offer that is not for the faint of heart as it involves some serious trust, but if you understand the math, you will surely want to jump in with both feet. SO, Delta is currently running a promotion until December 16th, 2011 where if you transfer miles from your personal account to another person’s Skymiles account they will give a 100% bonus to that transfer – Happy Holidays Delta! The limit per transaction is 30k, so let’s take this simple example: I transfer 30k Delta Skymiles from my account into your account and then when you open your account you see 60k miles. Math is FUN isn’t it? For 60k Skymiles it cost me $330 USD and 30k Delta Skymiles.
Now the gift of giving is all well and good, something I do believe in, but what about the idea of seizing an opportunity. If you were to purchase 30k Delta Skymiles directly, it would cost you $1,050 USD – not happening. If you were to purchase a ticket from JFK to HKG, in economy class it would cost you approximately $2,000 USD (I just looked for a random time period in July of 2012) and only net you 16k Skymiles (32k Skymiles if you are a Gold Medallion member or higher as they double your miles flown for being a loyal Delta Skymiles member). Neither of these options seems like one I would want to take (though I do plan on traveling to Hong Kong sometime in the near future). Can anyone see the opportunity as yet?
To explain this opportunity I am going to speak of a parable I saw mentioned on a recent episode of Boardwalk Empire (I figured it out before watching the episode but it was something I had wanted to have written down somewhere, so why not here).
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like." The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, "You have seen Hell".
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, "I don't understand." "It is simple," said the Lord, "it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves." ~ Monotheistic.org / Wikipedia
Help your fellow man!!! Pay the $330 USD to send 30k Delta Skymiles to someone but then have them also do the same for you. In doing so you both would pay $330 for the transaction but net 30k Skymiles in the process. When you think about it, the cost of a flight domestically for Delta on award travel is 25k (economy low) + $5 taxes give or take. The cost of a flight for the same time period I mentioned above in July from JFK to LAX is $549.40. Why not feed one another and hedge your bets (the airlines do this with oil prices, why can’t we as customers – hey wait a minute there is an idea there for a business where you purchase an open ticket now that can be used at a time in the near future from zone 1 to zone 2 for example regardless of the price of that same flight at said time, hmmm…) to lock in a domestic flight at the cost of $335 approximately? Why not do it twice with another fellow man and pay $660 + taxes for 60k Delta Skymiles and secure the price of a flight to South America?
This is too good to be true huh, or could it be that Delta is trying to give us an opportunity to help each other during this holiday season? There are limits on how many times a person can do this (receive up to a maximum of 300k into an account / send up to a maximum of 150k into an account) as well as other restrictions…nothing crazy just read the fine print: 100% Bonus Offer. Either way, look into it yourself, crunch the numbers, find a trust worthy friend (once you send it, they are gone and now you are sitting waiting to be fed) and if you take the plunge enjoy trip as well as post a comment below of where you are going. Happy Holidays!