Deal Alert: Award Flights to the Caribbean and Mexico From 12,000 Miles Round-Trip

Dec 6, 2018

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After Delta announced a great award sale for flights to Asia yesterday, the airline is now discounting award tickets to select destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico.

You can fly from many destinations across the US to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS), San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) and Cancun, Mexico (CUN) from just 12,000 miles round-trip.

You’ll want to head to and enter your origin city and your preferred destination. Many departure cities appear to be available so it could still be worth plugging in even if you don’t see it listed below.

These aren’t basic economy fares meaning you’ll be able to check bags for free. If you’re short on miles, remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your SkyMiles account at 1:1 ratio.

Airline: Delta
Routes: US Cities (JFK/LGA/BOS/DCA/IAD/LAX/BNA/ORD/DFW/PDX and likely others) to NAS/SJU/SDQ/CUN
From 12,000 miles in economy plus taxes/fees
Travel Dates:
 March 1 to April 19, 2019
Purchase By: December 12
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare),  Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Chicago (ORD) to Cancun (CUN) for 12,000 miles + $84 in taxes and fees round-trip:

New York (JFK) to Santo Domingo (SDQ) for 14,000 miles + $120 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:

Washington DC (DCA) to Nassau (NAS) for 15,000 miles + $119 in taxes and fees round-trip:

New York (JFK) to San Juan (SJU) for 16,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Cancun (CUN) for 18,000 miles + $78 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:

Nashville (BNA) to Cancun (CUN) for 18,000 miles + $84 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Dallas (DFW) to Cancun (CUN) for 21,500 miles + $84 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Washington DC (DCA) to San Juan (SJU) for 22,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Boston (BOS) to Santo Domingo (SDQ) for 26,000 miles + $126 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Chicago (ORD) to San Juan (SJU) for 26,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Portland (PDX) to Nassau (NAS) for 28,000 miles + $119 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card,  Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you don’t have enough SkyMiles in your account, consider signing up for one of the Delta credit cards to ensure you’re able to take advantage of a deal next time one pops up. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express currently comes with a bonus of 30,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Terms Apply.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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