Delta Air Lines: More Awards For Fewer SkyMiles — But I Noticed Something Interesting…

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ffective through April 23, 2015 for travel between April 30, 2015 and June 20, 2015 is a sale on award tickets issued by Delta Air Lines to select destinations in the contiguous 48 United States; between the contiguous 48 United States and Canada; and between the contiguous 48 United States and the Caribbean or Mexico. “Prices” for award tickets during this promotion start at 10,000 SkyMiles plus taxes and fees one way; and taxes and fees will vary for return travel to the United States on interational itineraries.

There is no minimum stay required; but travel must be completed by June 20, 2015 for this promotion. Tickets must be booked a minimum of 21 days in advance.

What I Found Interesting…

While there are some decent deals available — for example, a flight one way from Detroit to Fort Lauderdale starts at a cost of 10,000 SkyMiles plus $5.60 in taxes and fees — I found this interesting:

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Both of the above flights — Los Angeles to Bozeman and Minneapolis-St. Paul to Washington, D.C. — are domestic flights. The “sale price” for a flight in one direction is 12,500 SkyMiles.

At one time, 12,500 SkyMiles — or, more accurately, 25,000 SkyMiles for a round-trip award ticket within the 48 contiguous United States — was considered the regular “price” for a Level One or “Saver” award only last year when the new award chart was unveiled. The above chart sample indicates to me that 25,000 SkyMiles might now be considered a promotional rate rather than a regular rate.

I could be wrong; but I found that interesting.

Anyway, on to the terms and conditions of this offer…

Blackout Dates

  • New York – Kennedy, New York (JFK) to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS) May 02, 2015, May 16, 2015 to May 23, 2015, June 20, 2015
  • Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS) to New York – Kennedy, New York (JFK) May 02, 2015 and May 30, 2015
  • Los Angeles, California (LAX) to Zihuatanejo, Mexico (ZIH) May 02, 2015, June 06, 2015-June 20, 2015
  • Zihuatanejo, Mexico (ZIH) to Los Angeles, California (LAX) June 13, 2015 to June 20, 2015
  • Los Angeles, California (LAX) to Bozeman, Montana (BZN) May 07, 2015 – May 14, 2015, June 04, 2015 – June 15, 2015

Other Terms and Conditions

Tickets cost $25.00 more if purchased from — and issued by — Delta Air Lines via telephone and $35.00 more at a ticket counter or ticket office operated by Delta Air Lines; and these amounts are not refundable. Tickets are not transferable and not refundable except in accordance with the cancellation policy of Delta Air Lines; and seats are limited. 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.

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. Award Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

Award ticket changes must be made at least 72 hours prior to the departure time of the flight being changed. Award tickets booked within 72 hours of departure are not refundable and cannot be redeposited or reissued unless prohibited by local law or within the risk-free cancellation period. No changes will be permitted to the originating flight of award tickets booked within 72 hours; however, changes to the return are permitted if the return flight is not within 72 hours and the change is made at least 72 hours prior to flight departure. Fees apply for any changes; and taxes and fees will apply. Voluntary changes to Award Tickets after promotion has ended may result in an increase in mileage costs.

Other restrictions, terms and conditions apply. Click here for details.

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