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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
Every so often Delta offers an award “flash sale,” such as flights to Alaska or Hawaii from 20,000 SkyMiles round-trip or 65,000 SkyMiles round-trip to Asia. The latest version of this promotion popped up today, offering domestic round-trips as cheap as 11,000 SkyMiles on certain routes.
Delta is advertising these redemptions as 5,500 miles one-way, but the airline is also includes in the terms and conditions that a round-trip purchase is required to get the promo rates. While there may be other routes, here are some of the cheapest options that Delta lists:
- San Diego (SAN) – Salt Lake City (SLC): 11,000 miles round-trip
- New York-LaGuardia (LGA) – Miami (MIA): 12,000 miles round-trip
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Raleigh-Durham (RDU): 13,000 miles round-trip
- Indianapolis (IND) – Orlando (MCO): 13,000 miles round-trip
- Atlanta (ATL) – West Palm Beach (PBI): 14,000 miles round-trip
- Boston (BOS) – Orlando (MCO): 14,000 miles round-trip
- Cincinnati (CVG) – Las Vegas (LAS): 14,000 miles round-trip
- Detroit (DTW) – New Orleans (MSY): 14,000 miles round-trip
Even if you’re not flying to one of the listed cities, it could be worth checking to see if it’s eligible for a discounted award ticket. For example, we are also finding flights between Chicago (ORD) and New York City’s LaGuardia (LGA) at 5,500 miles each way:
To take advantage of this promotion, you must book by 11:59pm Eastern on December 9, 2017. Travel must be completed between November 28 and December 16 and a seven-day advance purchase is required.
Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, so there’s no telling exactly how discounted these award sale fares are. But when comparing whether or not redeeming is a better option than outright buying a flight, make sure that you’re comparing apples-to-apples. Delta’s awards book into the Main Cabin, while the cheapest revenue rates you’ll find on search engines like Google Flights are likely for Delta’s Basic Economy fares. Speaking of which, remember that you can install the Legroom for Google Flights extension to see at a glance which fares are basic economy.
If you don’t have enough SkyMiles in your account, consider applying for one of the Delta SkyMiles credit cards from American Express to ensure you’re able to take advantage of an offer like this next time one pops up. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express currently comes with a bonus of 30,000 SkyMiles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your card within the first three months. You’ll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.
H/T: Mommy Points
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