Delta SkyMiles members could soon redeem points for private jet flights

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Delta has been a minority stakeholder in the private airline Wheels Up since early 2020.
Delta has been a minority stakeholder in the private airline Wheels Up since early 2020.

Delta SkyMiles loyalty program members could soon be able to redeem points for private flights on Wheels Up.

The integration would be the latest between Delta and the private airline, of which Delta has been a minority owner since early last year. Wheels Up members already accrue SkyMiles status and mileage points to spend on the private carrier.

Wheels Up also plans to introduce as yet unspecified "partner benefits and product offerings to Delta's 360 Diamond and Platinum Medallion members," according to a regulatory filing made Monday by Aspirational Consumer Lifestyle Corp., the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that Wheels Up plans to merge with in order to go public.

The newsletter Private Jet Card Comparisons was the first to report on plans for the partnership enhancement. Delta and Wheels Up also plan to implement targeted integrations of their technology platforms, "to streamline and drive cross-program engagement," the filing says.

Delta allowed SkyMiles members to redeem points for Delta Private Jets flights between 2016 and 2018, according to Private Jet Card Comparisons. Wheels Up acquired Delta Private Jets in January 2020 in the same deal that made Delta a shareholder of the charter carrier.

Also in Monday's regulatory filing, Wheels Up revealed that it recently began offering charter flight access to non-members through the Wheels Up app.

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