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Delta frequently has flash sales for award flights featuring fantastic deals such as flights to Asia for 50,000 SkyMiles round-trip, South America from 36,000 SkyMiles round-trip or Europe from 32,000 SkyMiles round-trip. Back in April we shared an unpublished promotion which offered award flights to Mexico for as little as 12,000 SkyMiles round-trip and it’s back! The discounted awards are available from at least a dozen cities throughout the US and we’re seeing availability through May 2019. The sale includes a ton of non-stop flight options from Delta’s hubs, as well as options over holidays like Columbus Day and Veterans Day. The only downside with these awards is that taxes will set you back at least $80.
It’s unclear how long this promotion will last, so it’s better to book sooner rather than later. Since Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, its award rates are notoriously dynamic and fluctuate based on the carrier’s whims, but standard low-level award flights between the US and Mexico are typically never fewer than 17,500 SkyMiles one-way (35,000 miles round-trip).
Routes: US Cities (ATL/BNA/BOS/BWI/FLL/JFK/LAX/MCO/MIA/MSY/ORD/SAN) to Mexico (MEX/CUN/CZM/ZIH/SJD/PVR)
Cost: 12,000+ SkyMiles and $80+ round-trip in economy
Dates: June 2018 – May 2019
Booking Link: Directly with the airline
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Cancun (CUN) for 12,000 miles + $80 in taxes and fees round-trip in July:
New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for 12,000 miles + $80 in taxes and fees round-trip in November:
New York (JFK) to Mexico City (MEX) for 12,000 miles + $105 in taxes and fees round-trip in September:
Miami (MIA) to Mexico City (MEX) for 12,000 miles + $110 in taxes and fees round-trip in January:
Baltimore (BWI) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for 16,000 miles + $88 in taxes and fees round-trip in November:
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 American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold 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 and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your card within the first three months. Also, this is a great card for defeating basic economy.
H/T: TPG Reader Gregg
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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 in the first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first 3 months with your new Card.
- Earn 2 miles for every dollar spent on eligible 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.
- Settle into your seat sooner with Priority Boarding.
- Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees