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Deal Alert: Fly Roundtrip to Korea for 70,000 SkyMiles in Premium Economy

Sept. 07, 2018
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Deal Alert: Fly Roundtrip to Korea for 70,000 SkyMiles in Premium Economy
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Another day, another Delta SkyMiles deal — this time to Korea! You can fly from across the US to Seoul (ICN) for just 50,000 miles round-trip in economy or 70,000 miles roundtrip in premium economy.

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Like other SkyMiles deals, Delta only advertises a handful of departures, but it appears to be available from just about every city the airline flies from. So, head over to Delta.com and enter your preferred departure city and destination as Seoul (ICN). For reference, both American and United charge 70,000 miles for a roundtrip economy award between the US and Korea. Although Delta doesn't publish an award chart, economy awards usually don't fall below 80,000 miles round-trip.

If you want to try Delta's new Premium Select product that's featured on the A350, you can fly that for just 70,000 miles roundtrip. You won't find this deal on as many routes, but it did appear on a handful I searched for including the nonstop from Atlanta to Seoul. This is a fantastic redemption of SkyMiles because an Atlanta - Seoul ticket is going for ~$2000, meaning you're getting about 2.8 cents per mile — a lot higher than TPG's valuation of 1.2 cents apiece.

If you’re short on miles, remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your SkyMiles account at a 1:1 ratio.

Airline: Delta
Routes: US Cities (ATL/JAX/JFK/LGA/MEM/BNA/MSY/RDU/SLC/DTW/MIA and likely others) to ICN
Cost: 50,000+ SkyMiles and $47+ round-trip in economy or 70,000 SkyMiles and $47+ round-trip in Premium Economy
Dates: September 13 through December 2
Booking Link: Directly with Delta
Purchase by: September 12
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x 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:

Atlanta (ATL) to Seoul (ICN) for 50,000 SkyMiles + $47 in taxes and fees round-trip in October:

New York (LGA) to Seoul (ICN) for 50,000 SkyMiles + $53 in taxes and fees round-trip in October:

Nashville (BNA) to Seoul (ICN) for 50,000 SkyMiles + $53 in taxes and fees round-trip in November:

Atlanta (ATL) to Seoul (ICN) for 70,000 SkyMiles + $47 in taxes and fees round-trip in Premium Economy October:

Salt Lake City (SLC) to Seoul (ICN) for 70,000 SkyMiles + $53 in taxes and fees round-trip in October:

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, 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 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.

Google flights is a great way to book and compare flight costs- read more about Google Flights.

Featured image by Delta's Premium Select cabin on the Airbus A350

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases