Delta flash sale: Flights to Australia and Asia starting at just 56,000 SkyMiles
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
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Delta has been on a roll lately with flash sales, both in cash and with Skymiles. Today, we’re seeing unreal deals from U.S. cities served by Delta to Tokyo and Seoul-area airports for as low as 56,000 SkyMiles plus taxes and fees. We’re also seeing even rarer deals to Sydney (SYD) starting at just 64,000 miles.
This is a great deal, especially to Sydney. TPG values Delta SkyMiles at 1.2 cents each, making the tickets from Los Angeles to Sydney worth just $768, minus taxes and fees. Nonstop flights from the West Coast to Australia can top over $1,200 on Delta.
You may need to play around with dates and cities, as we’re seeing deals lower than what’s published on Delta’s site. There are also deals on Comfort+ tickets for many routes. Lastly, if you see a deal you want, don’t wait as this promotion expires Sept. 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
To search, head to Delta’s website and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline.
Routes: Major U.S. cities to Japan, Australia and Australia; see full list here
Cost: 56,000+ Skymiles + taxes and fees round-trip in economy
Dates: February 2020 – April 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Tokyo (HND) for 56,000 miles + $61 round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Osaka (KIX) for 62,000 miles + $60 round-trip nonstop:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for 64,000 miles + $107 round-trip nonstop:
Newark (EWR) to Tokyo (NRT) for 72,000 miles + $61 round-trip:
Portland (PDX) to Nagoya (NGO) for 74,000 miles + $64 round-trip:
Baltimore (BWI) to Seoul (ICN) for 75,000 miles + $91 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Seoul (ICN) for 75,000 miles + $185 round-trip:
San Jose (SJC) to Sydney (SYD) for 76,000 miles + $112 round-trip:
Atlanta (ATL) to Sydney (SYD) for 80,000 miles + $112 round-trip:
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