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Delta joins growing list of travel companies partnering with Airbnb

Delta joins growing list of travel companies partnering with Airbnb

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines and Airbnb are teaming up to offer SkyMiles Members an opportunity to earn miles on all Airbnb bookings worldwide.

This year we have already seen Lufthansa, Fathom, and Amex GBT work with Airbnb who is on track to becoming on the fourth largest OTA. Delta is the largest U.S. global carrier to partner with Airbnb.

This latest partnership is offering customers the opportunity to “live like a local” in more than 190 countries with over 2.5 million homes around the world. All SkyMiles Members can earn miles with Airbnb by booking directly through delta.com/airbnb.

“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.”

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“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.”

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.

The growing legitimacy of Airbnb has been a topic that Travelweek has been following closely this year. See the April 14th, 2016 edition of Travelweek to read about the effect on the hotel industry.

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