Deal Alert: New York JFK-Seattle for $185 Roundtrip on Delta

by on August 20, 2013 · 11 comments

in Delta, Mileage Runs

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Per this Flyertalk thread, there is a great mileage run from New York JFK – Seattle SEA for $185 roundtrip on Delta that’s running several dates in October and November available on stays of anywhere from 1-7 nights, so you can make a real turnaround mileage run out of it, stay for a long weekend, or even make a long trip out of it. A roundtrip will net you 4,842 Medallion Qualifying Miles, and with the fare at $185, your cost per mile (CPM) is a very decent 3.8 cents. The actual miles/points hauled is much higher, especially if you book with a card that gives a bonus on airfare, like 3x on the Premier Rewards Gold or book through a portal as outlined here.

The first thing I do when these come up is check Google’s ITA Matrix and use the calendar search function including a range of nights for length of stay to find out what dates these low fares are available, and I found dozens of days in October and November, as you can see from the following search screenshot:

NYC SEAWhen you click on the low fare, you’ll see how many days it’s available for and which airlines and can pull up the specific flights as well. The one thing you can’t do on ITA is actually book the tickets, so to do that, you can either go to an OTA or directly to an airline website.

In this case, it is Delta who’s offering the low fares, so I went directly to and plugged in a few dates that the ITA Matrix told me should work.

JFK-SEA for $185 round-trip

JFK-SEA for $185 round-trip.

The fare worked on this weekend in October – if you wanted a quick getaway. And then the special fares are also available in the reverse direction from Seattle to JFK and back, as you can see from the below itinerary I found.

This is also available for SEA-JFK for $185.

This is also available for SEA-JFK for $185.

It looks like Delta is trying to highlight its new route network via Seattle with these special fares. The airline is currently updating its 767 fleet on this route and the first of these aircraft with lie-flat BusinessElite went into service in March. Delta also has plans to upgrade its transcontinental 757-200′s with a new BusinessElite cabin, though that won’t begin until 2014 – so if you have a choice, try to get on one of the 767′s since they are currently getting the upgrade.

Delta does upgrade Medallions to BusinessElite domestic routes, however for JFK-SEA, one of their big transcon routes, I wouldn’t expect to get cleared for an upgrade until you’re at the gate itself. One edge you can give yourself is if you have the Delta Reserve card because Delta prioritizes Reserve cardholders higher than those without – so if you are up against someone with the same Medallion level and fare class, you’ll be higher on the upgrade list if you have a Reserve card and they don’t.

These fares are booked into a discounted V ticket class, so unfortunately you can’t use your systemwide upgrades on them if you have any since they’re only good on published economy class fares booked in Y, B, M, S, H, Q, or K class.

Still, even if you’re stuck in economy, this is a pretty great low fare and a cheap way to rack up some MQM’s if you’re still strategizing about elite status qualification for the rest of the year.

Hat Tip: ryandc99 on Flyertalk.

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  • sfomsp

    “It looks like Delta is trying to highlight its new route network via Seattle with theses special fares”

    Cough. Good thing you’re a blogger, not a businessman! It should read more like “Looks like Delta has some excess capacity on this route after bulking it up in anticipation of more Asian connections. And is now dealing with its first fall slow season.”

    I hope this capacity stays – and they probably will take pain for a year or two before making a further call.

  • smizroch

    Thank you so much for posting this. I live in Seattle and I’m hosting a family dinner in NY on Columbus Day weekend, so the timing of this fantastic fare is just perfect. Just bought my ticket.

  • Brian B.

    Can’t understand snide comments like this ^ . “good thing you’re a blogger” Who really cares. This blogs rocks and you are a troll. :)

  • Benjamin Mutton

    Always wanted to see Seattle but could never justify the expense. Got the 6:30pm flight outbound on Friday and the Sunday night red-eye home so I don’t miss any work. Just made gold medallion yesterday so the economy comfort seats were free. Thanks for the tip!!!

  • Shawn

    People with snide comments crack me up. They get pissed when bloggers post about Great point / miles earnings opportunities because they’re afraid it will get shutdown, but they never would’ve known about it in the first place without the bloggers.
    This is a great fare If you want to travel from New York city to Seattle dirt cheap, and again probably would not have known about without the blog.

  • vikas

    If I do this trip, I would qualify for silver, will my status be valid for rest of year and entire 2014?

  • hochie

    Found out about this from elsewhere first and booked for my whole family from Seattle to NYC in Oct. Amazing price esp for a nonstop flight!

  • sfomsp

    It’s about facts. No airline puts a fare like that out in a profitable situation – this is not a ‘get to know us’ introduction, it is an issue with the new capacity on the route. The connecting traffic they are planning to fill is not there yet.

    Great for consumers right now – but as someone who likes the premium service they are trying I am hoping the lack of demand at normal fares gets resolved.

  • jct2103

    Deal is now unfortunately sold out :(

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  • eupnrth8

    Booked this for 5 days in November! Thanks! And I’ll have just enough miles for an award I want (assuming I can find low availability with skypesos) when I’m done with this trip.

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