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Book fast: Delta flights from just 2,000 SkyMiles each way

Feb. 04, 2021
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Planning a domestic getaway later this year? Now might be the time to book.

Delta is currently offering award flights from just 2,000 SkyMiles one-way on a number of domestic routes. Many routes — even premier ones like New York-JFK to Miami (MIA) — are pricing under 5,000 SkyMiles in basic economy.

As noted by God Save The Points, Delta hasn't posted these deals on its Flash Deals website — you can only find them by searching Delta's website. These cheap award tickets could go away at any moment, so book quickly if you see something you like.

Remember, Delta's new change policy doesn't cover Basic Economy awards. We recommend paying for a Main Cabin ticket if your plans aren't set in stone or if you think you may have to cancel.

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Sample fares from 2,000 SkyMiles

You'll find the cheapest tickets on West Coast short-haul routes in the early Spring. For example, this flight from Seattle (SEA) to Los Angeles (LAX) is 2,000 SkyMiles in Basic Economy and 2,500 in Main Cabin.

(Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

The price goes up to 3,000 SkyMiles over the summer months. Here's a flight in July:

(Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

We're also seeing a ton of routes price at 4,500 SkyMiles over the coming months. This price-point isn't all too rare, but we're seeing it on traditionally more expensive routes like New York to Miami, as discussed earlier.

(Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

New York (LGA) to Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) is also pricing at 4,500 SkyMiles on many dates this summer:

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(Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

Longer routes like Atlanta (ATL) to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) have 4,500-SkyMile tickets throughout the summer too:

(Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

You also can find transcontinental routes like New York-JFK to Los Angeles (LAX) pricing at 7,500 SkyMiles one-way in Basic Economy. On a route this long, however, you may find it worthwhile to pay 3,000 extra SkyMiles for Main Cabin.

(Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

These aren't the only routes available. Search Delta's website and look for the routes you're interested in — you'll want to use the Calendar View option to see a month's worth of award pricing at once.

(Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

As usual, be sure to check the cash cost of a ticket before using your SkyMiles. TPG values SkyMiles at 1.2 cents apiece, so you'll want to ensure you're getting at least this amount of value from your miles.

How to get SkyMiles quickly

You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Delta SkyMiles if you need to top-up your account. These transfers process immediately. If you're looking to earn more Delta SkyMiles for future trips, the following cards are offering at least 65,000 SkyMiles as a welcome bonus:

Bottom line

These discounted fares from Delta can be a great way to book flights ahead of time, as it becomes safer to travel. Just remember to book a refundable fare so you can easily cancel if you can't travel safely.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023