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Even though Delta no longer publishes an award chart, the airline still runs SkyMiles award “sales” on a regular basis. That doesn’t really make sense since most customers don’t know what the regular price is for any given route — it’s whatever Delta says it is at that moment. But Delta does in fact have a baseline “saver” award price for each of its routes that it simply doesn’t publish, and theoretically a “sale” is when the cost goes below that normal low.
So today, Delta is running one of its sales on 15 domestic economy routes, with prices ranging from 6,500 SkyMiles to 14,000 SkyMiles one-way. Here’s the list of routes:
The terms of this sale require tickets to be purchased at least 21 days in advance and no later than January 9 for travel between January 27 and March 7. Blackout dates of February 15-19 and March 3 apply. As it typical, Delta’s terms and conditions say a round-trip purchase is required to get the discounted rates, but that’s not required in practice. If you book a round-trip, the terms and conditions state that a Saturday night stay is required and the maximum stay length is 30 days.
Are these prices actually “sale” prices? Well, most people think of a domestic round-trip economy award as costing 25,000 miles, even though Delta long ago abandoned that model and prices flights both above and below that benchmark without referring to any sort of “award tier” or “award level.” Even some of these “sale” prices cost more than 25,000 SkyMiles round-trip. On the other hand, some are much less than 25,000 miles, and even below the lowest price that Delta would charge for the given routes.
So rather than thinking of this as a sale, consider whether any of these routes fit your upcoming travel plans and what a comparable award redemption would cost on another airline and how much it would be to simply purchase the ticket with cash. In his latest monthly point valuations, TPG considers Delta SkyMiles to be worth 1.2 cents each. So, if you can get at least that amount for one of these sale redemptions, then it’s a deal worth taking.
H/T: Doctor of Credit
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