Use Only 49,000 Delta Points for a Round-Trip to Asia Next Year

Looking to visit Asia in 2017? Do you have some Delta or Membership Rewards points lying around?

If you answered yes to both, you’re in luck! Delta is running a flash sale for round-trip award flights to Asia this Winter/Spring. This is a 30% off sale considering the standard rate is 70,000 points round-trip from the US. Hurry, you must book no later than December 14th, 2016.

Here are your available cities via 49,000 Delta SkyMiles (plus fees):

• Narita (Tokyo)
• Haneda (Tokyo)
• Nagoya
• Singapore
• Manila
• Taipei
• Hong Kong
• Beijing
• Shanghai


Destination options


Delta miles can be earned by; flying on Delta paid flights, earning points through a co-branded American Express credit card, or by transferring Amex Membership Reward points. (to name a few). Hopefully you didn’t miss out on the somewhat-recent opportunity to score 50,000 Delta points plus a $50 statement credit by signing up for a single credit card (with no annual fee the first year).

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, it does not always make sense to redeem points. There are a few cash flights from Seattle to Shanghai round-trip for $458 round-trip on Delta, nonstop. One of the overlooked cost of using points on international flights is the customs/departure fees. For a round-trip to Asia from the US, you are looking somewhere in the $36-$93 range per passenger. This is determined by the country/city you return from.


$458 round-trip from Seattle to Shanghai

Cash Versus Points

Let’s compare our options with this sample Seattle to Shanghai round-trip:
Cash price: $458
Points: 49,000 SkyMiles + $40 in fees

At one cent per point, paying cash (or cash equivalent with MR) is effectively costing you 45,800 “miles”. Using SkyMiles would cost you 49,000 + 4,000 ($40 fees) for a total of 53,000 points. Another thing to keep in mind is that award flights do not earn you miles when you fly. Paying cash in this example would also earn you roughly 2,000 redeemable miles to use on future travel. That makes for a nearly 10,000 point net difference by paying “cash”.

Important side note, make sure to do your research on visa requirements prior to booking. China, for example, requires a visa application, read more: here.

Origins & Destinations

Round-trip Award fares starting at 49,000 miles plus taxes and fees on select flights from the U.S. 48 to Asia.


Starting at 49,000 miles* round-trip plus taxes and fees

Purchase By

December 14, 2016

Travel Period

January 10 through March 3, 2017


See Availability below.

Other Rules

Tickets must be purchased at

*For more information regarding additional fare rules, fees, and baggage charges that may apply, see Terms and Conditions.


Fine Print

Sale Award Tickets will be priced starting at 49,000 miles round-trip plus taxes and fees for Main Cabin, from select cities in the United States to select cities in Asia.

Tickets |
 Tickets must be purchased no later than December 14, 2016 at

Travel Period | Travel from U.S. to Asia permitted between January 10 and March 3, 2017.

Availability | Promotional pricing currently not available on the following dates.
China to United States: January 10-29, 2017
United States to China: February 3-18, 2017

Award Travel |
 Award Travel is subject to government-imposed taxes and fees and carrier-imposed charges, which are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Taxes and fees depend upon the itinerary, and are at least $36.40 round trip and at a maximum $93.43 round trip. Award Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

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