Deal Alert: Visit Orlando for just 9k Delta SkyMiles or $117 round-trip

Oct 12, 2021

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With its theme parks, dining, shopping and shorts-friendly weather, Orlando is always an incredibly popular destination. Now you can book a trip for an absurdly low number of Delta SkyMiles. How low? Our pals at Thrifty Traveler found a bunch of routes for just 9,000 SkyMiles for a round-trip ticket. Paying cash? Similar itineraries are as low as $117.

Typically, using miles to book a trip from most U.S. cities to the theme park capital of the world will cost you around 20k miles.

The fares also work in reverse if you want to travel from Orlando to any of the eight eligible cities, so don’t sleep on this Delta deal!

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These rock-bottom fares are for Basic Economy seats, which means there is no assigned seat before you check in at the gate and you’ll be part of the last group to board the plane. You can upgrade to get a seat assignment on some routes for as little as 1k SkyMiles – and that upgrade also allows for free cancellation if something comes up.

The best availability we saw was for winter travel, but this deal also has 9k routes all the way until August of next year.

Airline: Delta Airlines
Routes: Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Cincinnati (CVG), Detroit (DTL), Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis (MSP), NYC (JFK/LGA) and Raleigh (RDU) to Orlando (MCO).
Cost: 9,000 miles round-trip (plus $11.20 in taxes and fees) for Basic Economy or $117.
Dates: November 2021 to August 2022.
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel.

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This deal is fairly straightforward. Just visit Delta.com and enter one of the eligible departure cities (listed above) and the destination along with desired dates, and click the “Shop with Miles” box.

(screenshot courtesy of Delta.)

After that, click the “Price Calendar” tab to see the most dates and how many miles it costs to book travel on which days.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.)

As you can see, Cincinnati residents eager to take part in Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration and all of its special offerings have several options. This nonstop at the start of December costs you just the 9,000 SkyMiles + $11.20 in taxes/fees:

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.)

If not having a seat assignment stresses you out and you have the miles to spare, you can get a bump up to the Main Cabin for just an extra 1,000 SkyMiles.

Atlanta to Orlando is also available for only 9k miles plus $11.20 taxes/fees. Some other flight options on the same days will cost you 21,000 SkyMiles! (Note that upgrading to Main Cabin for an Atlanta itinerary will cost you an additional 3,000 miles.)

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.)

Detroit has lots of available dates for this great miles deal, especially in January, when an escape from the frigid Michigan winter to enjoy rides such as Universal Orlando’s spectacular Velocicoaster is especially appealing. Again, it’s for Basic Economy, but 1,000 extra miles gets you the Main Cabin upgrade.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.)

Related: 6 ways to have an unforgettable trip to Disney World as a solo adult

How to book

You don’t need any special codes to book these fares. Just visit Delta.com, click the “Shop with Miles” option and search for flights from your preferred destination for the dates you want.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns additional points on the remaining taxes and fees, such as The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express Gold Card (3x on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel), Citi Premier Card (3x on air travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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