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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Prestige Card
Delta has launched an award sale for domestic travel, with round-trip economy awards starting at 10,000 SkyMiles. While it’s not the first time Delta has offered domestic awards as part of a flash sale — and it probably won’t be the last — these are great redemptions that could be worth taking advantage of.
For these flash sale redemptions, you’ll need to travel between Oct. 24, 2018, and March 7, 2019. 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. Adding in taxes and fees, which seem to hover around $11, 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 ends on Oct. 3 at 11:59pm ET, so book soon if you want to take advantage of the deal.
Routes: Flights between US cities
Cost: 10,000+ SkyMiles round-trip in economy
Purchase By: October 3
Dates: October 24, 2018 and March 7, 2019
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:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Seattle (SEA) for 10,000 SkyMiles + $11.20 round-trip:
Nashville (BNA) to New York (LGA) for 10,000 SkyMiles + $11.20 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Las Vegas (LAS) for 10,000 SkyMiles + $11.20 round-trip:
Boston (BOS) to Kansas City (MCI) for 10,500 SkyMiles + $11.20 round-trip:
Nashville (BNA) to Los Angeles (LAX) for 15,000 SkyMiles + $11.20 round-trip:
Boston (BOS) to Seattle (SEA) for 15,000 SkyMiles + $11.20 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 60,000 SkyMiles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. Plus, a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 4/3/19. Also, this is a great card for defeating basic economy.
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TPG'S BONUS VALUATION: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
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