Delta has just launched another SkyMiles sale for domestic routes around the country. You can fly round-trip in economy for as little as 10,000 miles. And upgrades to Comfort+ will only bump up your total to 11,000 miles round-trip. Availability is widespread too, like on flights between New York and Washington, D.C.:
For reference, United charges no less than 20,000 miles round-trip for an award flight. And the cheapest American Airlines awards are nonstop flights under 500 miles booked with a reduced mileage award code that still cost 13,000 round-trip.
Delta’s deals site lists 10 routes, but there are even more options available. Given how widespread many of these sales are, your best bet would be to head to Delta.com and search around for the route of your choice to see how it’s pricing. The sale applies to flights from May 1 to June 27, but you’ll need to book by March 20 to get the deals.
Remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Delta SkyMiles at a 1:1 ratio.
Routes: Flights between ATL/LAX/MSP/PDX/SEA/SFO/SJC/DCA/BWI/JFK/LGA/ORD/DTW/SLC — and likely more
Cost: 10,000+ SkyMiles plus $11 round-trip in economy, 11,000+ SkyMiles plus $11 round-trip in Comfort+
Purchase By: March 20
Dates: May 1 to June 27
Booking Link: Directly with Delta
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Washington, D.C. (DCA) to New York (LGA) for 10,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees nonstop round-trip:
Portland (PDX) to Seattle (SEA) for 11,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees nonstop round-trip:
Seattle (SEA) to Portland (PDX) for 11,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees nonstop round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Portland (PDX) for 11,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees nonstop round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Boston (BOS) for 13,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees nonstop round-trip:
Atlanta (ATL) to Orlando (MCO) for 14,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees nonstop round-trip:
Detroit (DTW) to Chicago (ORD) for 16,000 miles + $11 in taxes and fees nonstop round-trip:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, (3x on all travel purchases) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you don’t have enough SkyMiles in your account, consider signing up for one of the Delta credit cards to ensure you’re able to take advantage of a deal next time one pops up. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express currently comes with a bonus of 60,000 SkyMiles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months. Plus, a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 4/3/19. Also, this is a great card for defeating basic economy.
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