Ok, self-confessed coffee snob here. The main takeaway from this story is that you should never spend your coffee money at a certain well-known Seattle coffee chain if it can be avoided. But if you do, you can now earn Delta Air Lines SkyMiles every time you stop by Starbucks.
Earn Delta Miles When You Buy Starbucks Coffee
It’s a simple program: Delta and Starbucks have launched a reciprocal earning program. Simply link your Starbucks account with your Delta account, and you’ll earn Starbucks Stars when you fly on Delta and Delta SkyMiles when you make purchases at Starbucks.
- Earn one Delta mile per dollar spent at Starbucks (gift cards, tips, and alcohol are excluded)
- On the calendar days you are flying Delta, you’ll earn double Starbucks Stars at “participating” Starbucks stores (which may or may not include all airport locations)
Simple, right? And there’s no downside to linking accounts at DeltaStarbucks.com. If you do so before December 31, 2022, you will even earn 125 SkyMiles.
With that out of the way, may I kindly discourage you from ever spending your money at Starbucks? I did not start drinking coffee in earnest until my mid-20s, but a decade later am about as snobbish as they come when it comes to coffee (for better or for worse, and sometimes it is for worse).
All around the world, when I travel, I seek out independent coffee shops, often a third wave variety, and have great joy in discovering treasures on six different continents. When you buy coffee at these places you get better coffee (though I suppose that is in the eye of the beholder), but you also support small businesses and local communities. It’s a win-win game.
So certainly link your Delta and Starbucks accounts and double dip where possible, but if you trust me and make a concerted effort to bypass the chain store coffee shops, you will thank me later.
Delta and Starbucks are partnering up in a nice little program for consumers. I also acknowledge is that around the world, you know what you’re going to get when you go into a Starbucks. That’s certainly of some value. Even so, think beyond Starbucks when it comes to coffee and recognize that there is far richer, better, more delicious coffee out there.