Delta Award Sale Book By Tomorrow If You Want These Discounts

Delta puts a specific award on sale usually each month and this month it’s certain routes in economy out of Los Angeles. (They also advertise ‘Comfort+’ but that’s also economy.)

Delta pretends to no longer have award charts. The truth is they are just hidden. That’s why they can simultaneously claim there’s no ‘regular price’ (false) and that they’re running a ‘sale’ off regular price (sometimes true).

With all the frequent devaluations it’s handy that Travel is Free keeps an updated chart.

Key details:

  • Book by February 15
  • Travel April 19 through May 24
  • Prices start at 5000 miles each way plus taxes for awards to or from Los Angeles
  • US continuous 48 states only
BETWEEN AND Economy Comfort+
Los Angeles, CA Austin, TX (AUS) 8,500 13,000
Los Angeles, CA Boise, ID (BOI) 6,500 11,000
Los Angeles, CA Columbus, OH (CMH) 10,000 15,000
Los Angeles, CA Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (DFW) 8,500 13,000
Los Angeles, CA Indianapolis, IN (IND) 10,000 15,000
Los Angeles, CA Memphis, TN (MEM) 10,000 N/A
Los Angeles, CA Nashville, TN (BNA) 10,000 N/A
Los Angeles, CA Oakland, CA (OAK) 5,000 9,500
Los Angeles, CA Phoenix, AZ (PHX) 5,000 9,500
Los Angeles, CA Portland, OR (PDX) 6,500 11,000
Los Angeles, CA Sacramento, CA (SMF) 5,000 9,500
Los Angeles, CA Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) 5,000 9,500
Los Angeles, CA San Diego, CA (SAN) 5,000 9,500
Los Angeles, CA San Francisco, CA (SFO) 5,000 9,500
Los Angeles, CA San Jose, CA (SJC) 5,000 9,500
Los Angeles, CA Tucson, AZ (TUS) 5,000 9,500

You’ll see by way of a simple example that Los Angeles – San Diego drops from a ‘regular’ saver price of 5500 miles each way down to 5000 miles.

Of course you’re not going to redeem to fly between Los Angeles and San Diego, unless I suppose you lived right by one airport and had business inside the other. (And you’re unlikely to have your decision swayed, or decide to act quickly, based on a 500 mile discount.) But if you were going to do this, it actually represents reasonable value per mile (a) for Delta and (b) for domestic economy.

Any opportunity to use Delta SkyMiles at over a penny and a half apiece is a good opportunity, better than saving them up for a haircut!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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