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Delta continues to impress us with one award sale after another. We’ve seen excellent deals like domestic flights starting at just 10,000 SkyMiles round-trip and European flights starting at 24,000 SkyMiles round-trip. And now, Delta is offering an excellent award sale to Beijing and Shanghai, China:
At current TPG valuations, 30,000 SkyMiles are worth just $360. Add in taxes and fees starting at $35 and this is equivalent to scoring a $395 round-trip deal. While we’ve periodically seen cash rates that low, those typically are found on low-cost carriers. Plus, if you’ve got Delta or SkyTeam elite status, you might prefer to fly Delta instead of other mainline carriers.
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.
Unless you book a flight to a third country, you can’t take advantage of China’s “visa-free transit” policy. So, make sure you get the right visa before traveling or you won’t even be able to get on the plane. TPG recommends using a third-party service like Allied Passport & Visa, and if you mention The Points Guy on your order form, you’ll get a $5 discount.
Routes: US Cities (SEA/LAX/BOS/MCO/DTW and likely others) to PEK/PVG
Cost: From 30,000 miles plus taxes/fees starting at $35 round-trip
Travel Dates: October 11-November 30
Purchase By: October 10
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Seattle (SEA) to Beijing (PEK) for 30,000 miles + $35 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Beijing (PEK) for 30,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG) for 34,000 miles + $35 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop — on Delta’s new Airbus A350:
Boston (BOS) to Beijing (PEK) for 34,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip — on Delta’s new Airbus A350:
Orlando (MCO) to Beijing (PEK) for 34,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip — on Delta’s new Airbus A350:
Detroit (DTW) to Beijing (PEK) for 44,000 miles + $35 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop — on Delta’s new Airbus A350:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card or Citi Prestige (3x 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 SkyMiles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Plus, a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months. Plus, this is a great card for defeating basic economy.
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If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and discounted Delta Sky Club access.
- Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after spending $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Earn 2 miles on every dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
- Check your first bag free on Delta flights - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
- Want even more flexibility? Pay with Miles is a Card Member feature that gives you the option to redeem miles for all or part of the price of your tickets on Delta.com.
- Settle into your seat sooner with Priority Boarding.
- Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms Apply.
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