Delta Adds Special Nonstop Service to Tampa for College Football Championship
Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will be able to catch nonstop flights to the College Football National Championship on Monday, January 9, thanks to Delta. The airline announced that it would add special flights to the game in Tampa, Florida from the teams' home airports. Usually, flying these routes requires a stop at Delta's Atlanta hub.
The carrier will offer nonstop service to Tampa out of both Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama. Delta flight 8790 will depart from Birmingham at 10am on January 7 and 8, while flight 8792 will leave from Huntsville at noon on both days. The airline will operate nonstop flights back to both airports on Tuesday, January 10.
Fans rooting for the Tigers out of Clemson, South Carolina will also have more convenient options for getting to the big game. Delta will operate four flights out of Greenville-Spartanburg to Tampa, with two nonstop flights on January 7 and 8. Flights will depart at 10am and 3:30am, with return service offered on January 10.
You can use your SkyMiles to book these specially added flights — though they won't be cheap. As of publish time, awards from Greenville-Spartanburg were available for about 60,000 miles round-trip, while those from Birmingham and Hunstville to Tampa were starting at 65,000 miles. Revenue fares start at around $250 each way or $500 round-trip, so these special flights do not come cheap.
This special service isn't the only football-related program Delta's offering this season. Through its partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, Washington-based travelers can earn SkyMiles based on the NFL franchise's on-field performance during the NFL Playoffs.