Delta flash sale: Flights to China from 40,000 SkyMiles

Sep 14, 2019

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Delta’s back with more SkyMiles deals and this time it’s to China, with widespread availability from various U.S. cities.

While you won’t see this deal advertised on the SkyMiles deal page, Kyle Potter from Thrifty Traveler spotted it and found lots of availability for as low as 40,000 SkyMiles round-trip.

For those traveling from or connecting in Seattle, you have the option of flying Delta’s new A330-900neo across the Pacific — check out the interior here.

To search, plug in your origin airport at Delta.com along with one of the sale destinations mentioned below. We recommend using Delta’s “Flexible Dates” calendar, and make sure to check “shop with miles” when looking at search results.

TPG values each SkyMile at 1.2 cents, so 40,000 miles represents a cash equivalent of $480. If you’re in need of SkyMiles, remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Delta at a 1:1 ratio.

Airline: Delta
Routes: Many US cities
Cost: 40,000+ SkyMiles round-trip in Main Cabin (economy) plus taxes and fees
Travel Dates: September 2019 — May 2020
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige®Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

The information for the Citi Prestige has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) for 40,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:

Dallas (DFW) to Beijing (PEK) for 40,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) for 40,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:

Denver (DEN) to Shanghai (PVG) for 40,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:

Saint Louis (STL) to Shanghai (PVG) for 40,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:

Boosting Your SkyMiles Balance

There are a variety of ways to earn Delta miles — from Delta-operated flights to trips on SkyTeam airlines to various non-travel partners. However, one of the best ways to boost your SkyMiles balance to score a few free trips is by adding one of these cards to your arsenal:

  • The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee; See Rates & Fees); 75,000-point welcome bonus after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 6 months of account opening, though be sure to check the CardMatch Tool to see if you’re targeted for a 100,000-point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months (offer subject to change at anytime). You can transfer Membership Rewards points directly to Delta SkyMiles. Terms Apply.
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express ($595 annual fee; See Rates & Fees); Earn up to 75,000 bonus points: 50,000 bonus points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 bonus points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.
  • Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card ($450 annual fee; $550 if application is received on or after 1/30/2020, See Rates & Fees); Earn 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) and 40,000 Bonus Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Terms Apply.
  • Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express ($95 annual fee; See Rates & Fees); Earn 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.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Reserve Business Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card, click here.

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