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Update: Delta is running this sale again, though this time there are two routes available for just 5,000 miles each way — Chicago (MDW) to Atlanta and Minneapolis — in addition to the deals listed below, which are also available. Book by July 18 for travel between August 23 and February 10, 2017. You can see the full details of this promotion here.
Delta is having an award sale on one-way flights within the continental US. The redemptions start at 5,500 miles each way plus taxes and fees. You must purchase your ticket by June 7 for travel between August 23 and November 16, 2016 — the week of September 1-8 is not included in the sale. You must book your ticket at least 21 days in advance of travel, and they must be purchased at Delta.com.
The sale includes discounted redemption rates for both Main Cabin and Comfort+ tickets. You can find a sample list of the included routes on Delta’s website. It’s hard to tell how big of a sale this is, as Delta doesn’t actually publish an award chart. In addition, I found many of these “sale fares” at dates other than during the sale period, so it’s always worth checking to see if you can get a discounted rate for dates outside the sale period as well.
Los Angeles (LAX) to Phoenix (PHX) for 5,500 Miles One-Way in Main Cabin:
This one-way ticket will cost 5,500 miles and $5.60 for travel in August. The sale rate for Comfort+ is 9,500 miles + $5.60. Through a quick search, I found these fares for earlier in the year than August 23 — including June and July.
Atlanta (ATL) to Austin (AUS) for 7,500 Miles One-Way in Main Cabin:
This one-way ticket will cost 7,500 miles + $5.60 for travel in August. According to Delta’s site, the Comfort+ rate for this route is 11,500 miles, however, through a quick search, I wasn’t able to find any rates for less than 14,000 miles + $5.60. I also found these fares earlier in the year than August 23.
New York (JFK) to New Orleans (MSY) for 10,000 Miles One-Way in Main Cabin:
This one-way ticket will cost 10,000 miles + $5.60 for travel in August. There is no Comfort+ sale rate for this route, however, in my search, rates hovered around 17,500 miles + $5.60. I also found these fares earlier in the year than August 23.
It’s hard to tell how big of a sale this actually is, but if you’re looking at traveling on any of these routes between the sale dates, it doesn’t hurt to check and take advantage. In addition, it looks like there are discounted rates outside of the sale dates, so that’s worth looking into as well.
If you’re looking to increase your stash of Delta miles, you can sign up for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and get 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. You’ll also get a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first three months. There’s a $95 annual fee for this card, but it’s waived for the first year.
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