Delta Lets You Book Domestic One-Way Awards From 5000 Miles Through End of Month

Delta is running a sale on domestic economy and extra legroom coach awards for bookings made by September 30. One-way prices start at 5000 miles.

The award sale may have been out for a couple of weeks, though I didn’t notice it mentioned until this post from No Mas Coach (since rules allow for travel beginning August 23). 21 day advance purchase is require and travel much be completed by April 7.

Here are sample cities and one-way prices for the domestic award sale:

FROM

TO

Coach

Extra Legroom Coach

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Chicago-Midway, IL (MDW)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Kansas City, MO (MCI)

10,000 miles

14,000 miles

Austin, TX (AUS)

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

9,000 miles

13,000 miles

Boston, MA (BOS)

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

7,500 miles

11,500 miles

Cincinnati, OH (CVG)

Chicago, IL (CHI)

10,000 miles

14,000 miles

Cincinnati, OH (CVG)

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

11,000 miles

15,000 miles

Columbus, OH (CMH)

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

11,000 miles

15,000 miles

Chicago-Midway, IL (MDW)

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

Charleston, SC (CHS)

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

7,500 miles

11,500 miles

Denver, CO (DEN)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

5,000 miles

9,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

9,500 miles

13,500 miles

Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

7,500 miles

11,500 miles

Jacksonville, FL (JAX)

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

7,500 miles

11,500 miles

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Kansas City, MO (MCI)

9,000 miles

13,000 miles

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Portland, OR (PDX)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

Long Beach, CA (LGB)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

5,500 mile

9,500 miles

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

9,000 miles

13,000 miles

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

Phoenix, AZ (PHX)

10,000 miles

14,000 miles

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

Milwaukee, WI (MKE)

10,000 miles

14,000 miles

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

New Orleans, LA (MSY)

10,000 miles

14,000 miles

Nashville, TN (BNA)

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

10,000 miles

14,000 miles

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

Savannah, GA (SAV)

7,500 miles

11,500 miles

Oakland, CA (OAK)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

5,500 miles

9,500 miles

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

Tampa, FL (TPA)

9,500 miles

13,500 miles

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

Sacramento, CA (SMF)

5,500 miles

9,500 miles

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

5,500 miles

9,500 miles

Seattle, WA (SEA)

Denver, CO (DEN)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

Seattle, WA (SEA)

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

Seattle, WA (SEA)

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

Seattle, WA (SEA)

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

Seattle, WA (SEA)

Victoria, BC,CA (YYJ)

5,000 miles

9,000 miles

The big joke, of course, is that Delta pretends not to have an award chart (they do have one — they price awards based on their chart — they just hide it from members). If there were no ‘regular prices’ they couldn’t have a sale.

Here’s an availability calendar for Seattle – Los Angeles:

Discounted awards are for flights pricing super-cheap in cash. For instance I’m seeing 5000 point awards on $73 (all-in) tickets, even with this discount your’re getting less than 1.5 cents per mile. Stick that in the back of your head — 1.46 cents per miles is considered special with SkyMiles.

All travel at discounted prices is blacked out: November 22 – 28, 2016; December 20, 2016 – January 3, 2017; February 16 – February 20, 2017; March 16 – April 3, 2017

Here are route-specific blackouts:

  • Between Austin, TX (AUS) and Los Angeles, CA (LAX) March 9 – 15, 2017
  • Between Las Vegas, NV (LAS) and Seattle, WA (SEA) December 16, 2016 – January 6, 2017
  • Between Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Portland, OR (PDX) December 15 – 19, 2016
  • Between Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Seattle, WA (SEA) December 15 – 9, 2016
  • Between Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) March 9 – 13, 2017

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Comments

  1. My family and I paid 5,500 SMF-LAX for travel in October. Might be worth checking other cities not on that list.

  2. I booked a few of these over the past couple of months at 5500 miles sonI guess they’re always having a sale.

  3. I booked two at reduced prices, YYZ-LAS & PHX-LAS, former at 9500, latter at 5500. The cash price was cheap, but specifically with PHX-LAS, the $72 was an infamous E fare. Normal medallion benefits eligible fare was about $20 higher, so I was happy with the CPM as a Platinum medallion on an award I still have a shot at an upgrade, not that it matters much for 2x 1 hour flights. My tie breaking rational was that m also sitting on 400k+ SkyMiles, so I better start using them rather than waiting for the “perfect” redemption.

  4. Also got Edmonton to Orlando for 9500 points for a $200+ ticket (and a lot of flying), about 10 days ago, so not entirely domestic.

  5. Just flew China Eastern CTU-DLU FOR 6k and $7.51. FYI that’s Chengdu to Dali China. We are in the middle of a 25 day journey around China…………

  6. Complain all you want about relative value…I’ve found a bunch of value and have booked 14 round trips for family travel. Hard to argue when saving thousands on unglamorous coach travel around the western US…

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