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Delta has launched an award sale for both domestic and Caribbean travel. Round-trip domestic economy awards start at 10,000 SkyMiles round-trip and Caribbean routes start at just 16,000 SkyMiles round-trip. While it’s not the first time Delta has offered domestic and Caribbean destinations as part of a flash sale, these are great redemptions that could be worth taking advantage of.
For domestic redemptions, you’ll need to travel between January 15 and February 28, 2019. And for the Caribbean deals, you’ll need to fly between October 1 and November 16, 2018. Although Delta’s deals site only lists select routes for these deals, we’re seeing quite a few other airports included as well as these promo redemption rates extending beyond the given dates.
At current TPG valuations, 10,000 SkyMiles are worth approximately $120, while 16,000 SkyMiles are worth $192. Adding in taxes and fees ranging from $11 to $80, you could be getting away with some steals on tickets that often cost several hundred dollars.
If you’re short on miles, remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your SkyMiles account at 1:1 ratio.
Head to Delta.com and search around for the route of your choice to see how it’s pricing. The sale for both domestic and Caribbean ends September 19 at 11:59pm ET, so book soon if you want to take advantage of the deal.
Routes: Flights between US cities; flights between US cities and Caribbean destinations like SJU/SJO/MBJ/NAS and more
Cost: 10,000+ SkyMiles round-trip in economy in the US; 16,000+ SkyMiles round-trip in economy to the Caribbean
Purchase By: September 19
Dates: January 15 – February 28, 2019 for US routes; October 1 – November 16, 2018 for Caribbean routes
Booking Link: Directly with Delta
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), 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:
New York (JFK) to Portland (PWM) for 10,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO) for 11,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip:
Cincinnati (CVG) to Boston (BOS) for 15,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to San Juan (SJU) for 16,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Anchorage (ANC) for 16,000 SkyMiles + $11 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) for 24,000 SkyMiles + $136 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) for 24,000 SkyMiles + $113 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) for 26,000 SkyMiles + $80 round-trip:
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, 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. 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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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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