What is better than earning a bunch of points from a sign-up bonus (which is now expired)? Answer: When the cost of an award flight goes on sale! If you have Delta points collecting dust (Delta points never expire by the way), now is the time to put them to good use.
Delta states that sale flights must start on or after August 23rd, but I am seeing reduced award prices start 21 days out (Aug 12th). They state that you must book at least 21 days in advance so it seems the August 23rd rule contradicts itself at the moment. The sale is apparently good for flights through February 10th, 2017. Just make sure to use Delta’s “flexible days” option so you can see the calendar view.
That said, let’s talk about some DEALS!
Flights start at 5,000 points one-way and you have a LOT of routing options. I found 5,000 point flights from Phoenix to Bozeman, MT for 5,000 points one-way. On top of that amazing price there is a TON of availability.
Another flight deal is Detroit (a major hub for Delta) to Miami for only 7,500 points one-way, that is really cheap.
Almost all west coast cities can be reached from other west coast cities for 5,000-5,500 points one-way. Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Vegas, Salt Lake, Los Angeles, Bay Area, etc. all have routing options starting in the 5,000 point range.
As you can see a ton of good options exist for medium to short-haul flights. I did not notice many discounts for long-haul flights such as LAX to NYC or SFO to ATL. With the recent 50,000 point credit card bonus from American Express you could squeeze out 10 one-way flights from a single credit card sign-up bonus. Now who said there is no such thing as free travel?
*Sale Award Tickets will be priced starting at 5,000 miles one way plus taxes and fees to select destinations in the contiguous 48 United States.
Promotional redemption amounts are subject to availability and seats available at promotional Award prices are limited. Pay with Miles tickets are not eligible for promotional redemption amounts. This offer is not transferable.
Some routes may include one or more segments operated with single cabin aircraft featuring Main Cabin service in place of Delta Comfort+. Please check the itinerary for details and class of service.
Tickets | Tickets must be purchased at least 21 days prior to departure, but no later than September 30, 2016.
Travel Period | Travel may begin on or after August 23, 2016 and all travel must be completed by February 10, 2017.
BLACK OUT DATES:
Availability | Promotional Redemption Amounts are not available on the following:
Sept. 1 – 6, 2016
Nov. 17 – 28, 2016
Dec. 14, 2016 – Jan. 3, 2017