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Although Delta’s SkyMiles program doesn’t have the best reputation, it frequently has flash sales for award flights featuring fantastic deals such as flights to Asia for 50,000 SkyMiles round-trip, Bermuda for 12,000 SkyMiles, Mexico for 12,000 SkyMiles and London for 36,000 SkyMiles. And now, flights to Australia from 58,000 SkyMiles round-trip.
At current TPG valuations, 58,000 SkyMiles are worth approximately $696. Adding in taxes of around $118 brings the total value of these awards to just over $800 round-trip. While that’s generally a good deal for flights to Australia, we’ve seen really good deals to Australia recently. So check the cash prices for these trips to make sure that it’s not better to pay cash or redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points through the Chase travel portal for flights instead. For example, the recent $695 round-trip deals would only cost 46,333 points — and require no out-of-pocket cost.
Although Delta’s deal website only lists five departure cities for this deal, we are seeing quite a few other airports included. The deal dates of Aug. 8 through Dec. 9, however, seem to be universal to all routes. Given how widespread this sale is, your best bet would be to head to Delta.com and search around for the route of your choice to see how it’s pricing. The sale ends Aug. 8, 2018, at 11:59pm ET, so you’ll want to book soon if you want to take advantage of the deal.
Routes: US Cities (SEA/PDX/ATL/JFK/LAX/MSP/DCA and others) to SYD
Cost: 58,000+ SkyMiles and $113+ round-trip in economy
Dates: Aug. 8 to Dec. 9, although exact dates depend on the route
Booking Link: Directly with Delta
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip-delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Seattle (SEA) to Sydney (SYD) for 58,000 miles + $118 in taxes and fees round-trip in September:
Portland (PDX) to Sydney (SYD) for 58,000 miles + $118 in taxes and fees round-trip in October:
Atlanta (ATL) to Sydney (SYD) for 64,000 miles + $118 in taxes and fees round-trip in October:
New York-JFK to Sydney (SYD) for 64,000 miles + $118 in taxes and fees round-trip in November:
Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) to Sydney (SYD) for 64,000 miles + $118 in taxes and fees round-trip in November:
Washington DC Reagan National (DCA) to Sydney (SYD) for 64,000 miles + $118 in taxes and fees round-trip in October:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for 64,000 miles + $113 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop in December:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (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 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. Also, 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 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.
- Earn 2 miles for every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta.
- Earn one mile for every eligible dollar you spend on purchases.
- Check your first bag free on Delta flights - that's a savings of up to $240 per round trip for a family of four.
- Settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
- Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms apply.
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