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Every so often Delta offers an award “flash sale,” such as flights to Asia for 50,000 SkyMiles round-trip or South America from 36,000 SkyMiles round-trip. The latest version of this promotion popped up today, offering award flights to Mexico for as little as 12,000 SkyMiles round-trip.
That’s a pretty incredible rate when you consider a standard low-level award flight between the US and Mexico is typically no fewer than 17,500 SkyMiles one-way (35,000 miles round-trip). However, unlike other award flash sales, this one isn’t being advertised by Delta. That said, Thrifty Traveler has compiled a list of dozens of US departure cities currently on sale.
One downside: These awards are going to cost you more out of pocket than just the $5.60 security fee. Taxes on these routes are at least $81 in the examples we found.
Route: US to Mexico (MEX/CUN/CZN/ZIH/SJD/PVR)
Cost: 12,000+ SkyMiles and $81+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April 2018 to February 2019, depending on the route
Pay Taxes/Fees With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) or The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare)
Here are a few examples of dates you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Cancun (CUN) for 12,000 miles + $86 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Los Cabos (SJD) for 12,000 miles + $84 round-trip:
Orlando (MCO) to Cancun (CUN) for 12,000 miles + $81 round-trip:
Washington DC/Baltimore (BWI) to Mexico City (MEX) for 13,000 miles + $111 round-trip:
Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, so there’s no telling exactly how discounted these award sale fares are. But when considering whether or not redeeming is a better option than outright buying a flight, make sure that you’re comparing apples to apples. Delta’s awards book into the main cabin, while the cheapest revenue rates you’ll find on search engines like Google Flights are likely for Delta’s basic economy fares.
If you don’t have enough SkyMiles in your account, consider signing up for one of the Delta SkyMiles credit cards from American Express to ensure you’re able to take advantage of an offer like this next time one pops up. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express currently comes with a bonus of 30,000 SkyMiles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. Plus, a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months. Also, this is a great card for defeating basic economy.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and discounted Delta Sky Club access.
- Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles after spending $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Earn 2 miles on every dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile for every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
- Check your first bag free on Delta flights - that's a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
- Want even more flexibility? Pay with Miles is a Card Member feature that gives you the option to redeem miles for all or part of the price of your tickets on Delta.com.
- Settle into your seat sooner with Priority Boarding.
- Enjoy a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms Apply.
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