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Although Delta hasn’t had a published award chart since February 2015, it does offer attractive award flash sales fairly regularly. Destinations have included flights to Asia for 30,000 SkyMiles round-trip, London for 32,000 SkyMiles round-trip, Australia for 44,000 SkyMiles round-trip, Africa for 54,000 SkyMiles round-trip and more. Today, Delta is offering domestic awards for as little as 11,000 miles round-trip.
Considering that TPG values each SkyMiles at 1.2 cents, 11,000 miles represents a cash equivalent of just $132. 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.
Delta lists 23 routes on sale, but we found other options outside those listed so your best bet would be to head to and search around for the route of your choice to see how it’s pricing. The low fares are available for travel from the end of August through October, but we don’t know how long this sale will last so you’ll want to book sooner rather than later. We recommend using Delta’s “Flexible Dates” calendar, and make sure you toggle to “Miles” when looking at search results.
Remember that Diamond and Platinum Medallion members are entitled to fee-free cancellations on all award bookings (Basic Economy tickets notwithstanding), so top-tier elites can book now and see if it works with their schedule down the road. Also, Delta’s higher elite tiers are entitled to complimentary upgrades from Main Cabin to Comfort+.
Routes: Flights between many US cities
Cost: 11,000+ SkyMiles round-trip in Main Cabin (economy)
Travel Dates: August 27, 2018 to October 15, 2019
Booking Link: Directly with Delta
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Newark (EWR) for 11,000 miles + $11.20 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:
Detroit (DTW) to Boston (BOS) for 11,000 miles + $11.20 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:
New York (JFK) to Chicago (ORD) for 11,000 miles + $11.20 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:
Minneapolis (MSP) to Chicago (ORD) for 12,000 miles + $11.20 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:
Atlanta (ATL) to New York (JFK) for 13,000 miles + $11.20 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Baltimore (BWI) for 19,000 miles + $11.20 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy:
Boosting Your SkyMiles Balance
While you couldn’t earn a welcome bonus in time to boost your balance for this wave of deals, you may consider adding a card now in anticipation of flash sales to come. 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); 60,000-point welcome bonus after you use your new card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months, 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).
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express ($595 annual fee; See Rates & Fees); 50,000-point welcome bonus after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of card membership.
- Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card ($450 annual fee; See Rates & Fees); 40,000-mile welcome bonus plus 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in your first 3 months.
- 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.
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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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