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Deal alert: Fly to Sydney for 86,000 Delta SkyMiles round trip

March 2 2022
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Through next week, Delta fliers can take advantage of special deals to Australia, which recently reopened to vaccinated travelers in February.

Miles and cash deals are available in four cabins, starting at 55,000 Delta SkyMiles one way or 86,000 miles round trip.

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Deal basics

Airlines: Delta
Routes: ATL/PHL/JFK/BOS/DTW/BNA/IAD/ORD/MIA/SEA/PDX and others to SYD.
How to book: Directly through the airline's sale page.
Travel dates: Feb. 19-Aug. 31, 2022 with no blackout dates.
Book by: 11:59 p.m. ET on March 11, 2022.

You can take advantage of various deals from more than 31 U.S. cities to Australia using miles or cash. If you're using miles, awards start at:

  • 55,000 SkyMiles one way or 86,000 miles round trip for main cabin (plus taxes and fees)
  • 84,000 SkyMiles one way or 138,000 miles round trip in Delta Comfort+ (plus taxes and fees)
  • 112,000 SkyMiles one way or 176,000 miles round trip in Delta Premium Select (plus taxes and fees)
  • 180,000 SkyMiles one way or 232,000 miles round trip in Delta One (plus taxes and fees)

Award seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

Sample flights

To search this deal, enter your origin city and destination as Sydney (SYD), as illustrated below.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta)

Next, view the flexible dates calendar to survey the lowest-priced flights for the month.

Related: From Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef: What it’s like traveling around Australia right now

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta)

This particular flight is available in four Delta cabins, starting at 80,000 miles plus $112 round trip in Delta's main cabin. You can see above that the cash price for the same flight is $1,824, giving you more than 2 cents per mile in value. TPG values Delta SkyMiles at 1.57 cents per mile as of February 2022, so going the SkyMiles route on this specific trip would give you a nice return.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta)

All Delta flights between the U.S. and Australia include two free checked bags and each fare type included in this deal can be changed without a fee. SkyMiles members can change or cancel award tickets without a redeposit or change fee for travel originating from North America to anywhere in the world, excluding basic economy fares. Mileage differences, taxes and fees may apply.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. They include The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year; Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar on airfare); Citi Premier® Card; Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare); American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel); and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel). Or, consider a Delta card such as the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card for 2 miles per dollar or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card for 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases made directly with Delta. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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

Bottom line

This is a wide-reaching deal with flights departing from across the U.S. to Sydney, with award availability in all four Delta cabins. Be sure to book your travel by March 11.

Related: Vaccinations, declarations and testing: Everything you need to visit Australia now

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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