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[Expired] Discounted Airline Gift Cards for the Holidays: Delta, Southwest, Hawaiian

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We’re in the midst of the holiday season, which means there are sales galore as various companies vie for your business. Happily, among the heaps of discounted electronics and clothing, we’re seeing some pretty awesome travel discounts. This isn’t unexpected; these types of sales come around every year, but if you’re looking to travel in 2022, it might be a good time to stock up.

Offer Details

At this point, there are 3 different airline gift cards featuring discounts: Delta, Hawaiian, and Southwest.

Delta Air Lines

Although not technically a sale, you’ll receive a $25 Lyft gift card when purchasing a Delta gift card worth $250 or more:

  • Buy your gift card directly via Delta’s website
  • Receive a $25 Lyft ride credit when purchasing $250 or more in gift cards
  • Available while supplies last; offer expires December 20, 2021
  • E-delivery available
  • Free shipping for physical gift cards
  • Valid for Lyft car rides
  • Only available for U.S. residents 18 and older
  • Delta gift cards have no expiration date
  • Gift cards only redeemable for flights or vacation packages including airfare
  • No maximum purchase amount

Hawaiian Airlines

Although Hawaiian Airlines isn’t quite as big as other U.S. competitors, it features a decent lie-flat seat and a great way to get to Hawaii. You’ll find these gift cards at Costco with a 10% discount:

  • $449.99 for a $500 gift card
  • Available via
  • Must be a member to purchase
  • E-gift card
  • Must be redeemed online
  • Limit of 5
  • Valid only for airfare and Extra Comfort seat purchases, mileage award redemption fees, and purchasing miles

Southwest Airlines

Just like Hawaiian Airlines, you can find these discounted gift cards over at Costco with a 10% discount:

  • $449.99 for a $500 gift card
  • Must be a member to purchase
  • Available via
  • E-gift card; delivery usually within an hour
  • Can be redeemed online, via the phone, or in-person
  • Limit of 5
  • Valid only for Southwest Airlines flights; does not include bag fees, EarlyBird Check-In, etc.

Is It Worth It?

Here at Upgraded Points, we tend to focus on — as would seem obvious — using your points. However, there are inevitably situations in which you’ll use cash to pay for flights. Rigid travel dates and chasing elite status are some obvious examples, which means it may make sense for you to buy these gift cards.

Although Delta’s gift card isn’t technically discounted, the $25 Lyft credit is nice for anyone who often relies on the rideshare program. Even better, Delta’s promotion doesn’t include a limit, which means you can purchase as many cards as you’d like. After all, who doesn’t want $1,000 in promotional Lyft credits?

Before purchasing any of these cards, however, you’ll want to consider their limitations. Each of these airline gift cards features restrictions, and although Hawaiian Airlines has the loosest rules, you’re still unable to charge bag fees or upgrades to your gift card. This can be frustrating, especially if you’re on, say, Delta and see a nice first-class upgrade offer on your flight.

However, if you already have travel plans and airfare in mind for these cards, this is a decent way to get a discount on your flights.

Which Credit Card To Purchase Your Gift Card With

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Consider, also, the credit cards with which you decide to purchase your gift cards.

Since Delta’s gift cards are sold directly via the carrier, your purchase should code as airfare. This means that credit cards offering a bonus on airfare or travel purchases can earn you quite a few points.

Here are a few good options to maximize your Delta gift card purchases:

Hot Tip: Though we don’t value Delta SkyMiles as highly as transferrable currencies from Amex, Chase, and Citi, Amex Delta credit cardholders could earn 2x to 3x SkyMiles for their Delta purchases. See our guide to the best Amex Delta credit cards for a comparison of the benefits and perks.

In contrast, gift cards purchased through Costco should code as a warehouse purchase. In-store, you’ll only be able to use a Visa card to pay for your purchases, but since you’re navigating through you have a lot more freedom. Here are some excellent options for cards to use with your Costco purchases:

Final Thoughts

If you’re already planning on buying airfare with any of these airlines, purchasing one of these gift cards can be a good option for you. After all, it’s not often that you see airlines handing out 10% discounts on their flights. Before you do so, however, be aware that these cards come with restrictions and cannot be used for all types of purchases on your airline. You’ll also want to make sure that when purchasing these cards, you’re doing so with a credit card that’ll maximize your bonus points.

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About Carissa Rawson

Carissa served in the U.S. Air Force where she developed her love for travel and new cultures. She started her own blog and eventually joined The Points Guy. Since then, she’s contributed to Business Insider, Forbes, and more.


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