If you’re looking for a domestic flight this fall, Delta’s award sale might have just what you need. Round-trip award flights in economy class to and from 12 U.S. destinations start at 20,000 SkyMiles. Booking must be made by 11:59 pm ET on July 12, 2017.
Eligible travel dates for this deal are between September 6 and October 31, 2017. This means your travel cannot begin before September 6 or extend beyond October 31 of this year.
To see if this sale will work for you, here’s a list of eligible destinations:
|Delta Award Sale Destinations|
|Baltimore (BWI)||Philadelphia (PHL)|
|Boston (BOS)||Phoenix (PHX)|
|Bozeman (BZN)||Rapid City (RAP)|
|Buffalo (BUF)||Reno (RNO)|
|Idaho Falls (IDA)||Sacramento (SMF)|
|Jackson (JAC)||Salt Lake City (SLC)|
|Knoxville (TYS)||San Antonio (SAT)|
|Las Vegas (LAS)||St. Louis (STL)|
The promo award rate is not available for some of these destinations on select dates. You can read more about this in the terms of the award sale.
You’ll notice that award flights to some of the cities listed in this sale are actually cheaper than 20,000 SkyMiles. These are generally shorter flights such as Phoenix to Bozeman, which only costs 16,000 miles.
Unfortunately, Delta does not publish its award chart, which makes it tough to know what kind of a deal you’re getting during these award sales. Our research has shown that when you redeem SkyMiles, the saver level awards on domestic flights will vary between 10,000 and 25,000 SkyMiles for a round-trip booking in economy class.
This lack of transparency by Delta has long been a source of frustration to those with SkyMiles. It’s hard to feel confident earning SkyMiles when you don’t know if they will be devalued in the middle of the night without notice.
Delta recently did this when they changed award rates on partner flights. Overnight, award flights to Europe on Virgin Atlantic, Air France/KLM, and Alitalia jumped from 70,000 miles to 85,000 miles. When Delta does this, it only serves to incentivize consumers to earn and redeem miles with other airline loyalty programs.
While we love seeing award sales that provide solid value to consumers, it’s tough to trust an airline that drastically increases award prices then runs award sales. With this particular sale, the award prices are actually an improvement.
But how are people new to using SkyMiles supposed to know that an international award sale has actually just reduced the award price to what was recently the standard rate? This lack of predictability is one of the reasons why earning SkyMiles without an explicit purpose is risky.
In the end, you should take advantage of Delta’s latest award sale if it fits your needs. You might find the perfect flight for a great getaway in the later summer or fall. Just don’t let a single good deal from Delta’s SkyMiles program make you think that they provide great value on a regular basis!
We will continue to cover developments like these and provide comprehensive guides to getting the most out of your miles and points, so you don’t have to worry about getting a raw deal.