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Delta deal alert: Round-trip fares as low as $97 or 6,000 Skymiles

Sept. 22, 2021
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Delta is having a rather incredible sale right now on a number of domestic routes. Some of the fares, which are in the basic economy tier, are less than $100 round-trip or as little as 6,000 SkyMiles one-way for nonstop travel. The airline has the fare sale on its website right now, and since we started poring over it to find possible flights, several have already sold out, so don't dawdle!

These sale prices are for basic economy fares, so keep in mind Delta does not offer refunds or upgrades for this tier. You can make changes to your itinerary, but only for travel that happens before Dec. 31.

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These special rates are for travel from October through December.

If you are based in Seattle, there is even better news: Delta is running a buy one, get one free sale from Seattle.

A Delta plane is seen at the gate at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) on Oct. 5, 2020. (Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

A few of the deals

How does Miami to Boston for under $100 sound? We found wide availability for flights at this price through October and November if you want a respite from the South Florida humidity and a chance to enjoy Boston in the fall.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.com)

The same route using Skymiles will only set you back 9,000 miles, plus $11.20. Upgrading to Main Cabin would take only another 1,000 miles.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.com)

We also found fares from Chicago to Boston for less than $117 round-trip in December. There were lots of available seats at that price and if you prefer traveling in October or November, you could find fares at the $97 price.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.com)

One of the best SkyMiles bargains we found in this current sale was Seattle to New York City for just 6,000 miles each way, and $11.20. That's tough to beat for a nonstop coast-to-coast flight!

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(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.com)

We also found lots of other flights from Seattle to New York City airports for just $197 or 10,000 SkyMiles round-trip.

We found another SkyMiles steal where you could fly from San Francisco to Seattle for just 6,000 miles round-trip, plus $11.20 in fees. If you prefer to pay cash, it would cost you just $117.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.com)

Related: The Delta Skymiles Gold American Express Card, the perfect card for infrequent Delta flyers

Seattle BOGO offer - 48 hours only!

Speaking of Seattle, Delta is offering a buy one, get one free sale on nonstop fares from Seattle to some of the most desired destinations in the U.S.

It's fairly straightforward: If you buy one ticket at the regular price, you get the companion ticket for just the cost of taxes and fees. You have to book both passengers on the same reservation to get the 50% discount on the base fare portion of Main Cabin travel (including basic economy). To take advantage of the BOGO offer, your trip must start in Seattle and take place between Oct. 5 and Dec. 15. Other restrictions apply, but this is important — you have to book your travel by Thursday, Sept. 23!

Full details for the Seattle BOGO deal can be found here.

But here's one enticing trip we found -- SEA-JFK for just $285.60 for two tickets! If you wanted to upgrade to Main Cabin, it would only cost an extra $25 per person. Don't sleep on these deals, people!

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta.com)

Maximize your purchase

Be sure to maximize your purchase by using one of the best cards for airfare purchases, including The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or via American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year; $695 annual fee, see rates and fees), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card (3x on air travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or Amex Travel; $250 annual fee, see rates and fees) 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.

How to boost your SkyMiles balance

You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards to Delta SkyMiles if you need to bump up your account, and these transfers process immediately. If you’re looking to earn more Delta SkyMiles for future trips, the following cards currently offer at least 40,000 SkyMiles as a welcome offer:

Bottom line

This is a great deal if you are booking a friend’s trip, a couples getaway or a family vacation. It’s even good for up to seven passengers, so if you can take advantage, jump on this deal.

For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Gold card, click here.

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Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more