Delta Domestic Award Sale: 8000+ Destinations as Low as 5,000 SkyMiles

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Delta is holding a one-way domestic award sale through July 18, 2016. Valid for flights within the continental U.S. and Alaska, the sale covers economy and Comfort+ classes on over 8,000 routes, with flights starting from 5,000 SkyMiles + taxes and fees.

Delta Award Sale

The Good

Selecting a random 5,000 SkyMiles flight from the list of examples provided, we searched flights from Chicago-Midway (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP) for September and turned up the lowest price of $133.10. Based on 5,000 miles plus taxes + fees of $5.60, that's 2.55 cents per mile which is a solid value for SkyMiles.

Flights from Chicago-Midway (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP)
Flights from Chicago-Midway (MDW) to Minneapolis (MSP)

The Bad

The promotion is almost identical to the award sale Delta ran in May, again with 8000+ destinations, with the same inherent problem. It's hard to know which flights are on sale when we can't compare them to an award chart. Is it possible to have a sale without publishing the original price?

While we are provided a list of examples, only two of the 5,000-mile fares show on this chart. The rest require you to search them out manually.

FROM

TO


(ONE WAY)


(ONE WAY)

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Chicago-Midway, IL (MDW)

5,000 miles
+taxes & fees

9,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Kansas City, MO (MCI)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Austin, TX (AUS)

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

9,000 miles
+taxes & fees

13,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Boston, MA (BOS)

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

7,500 miles
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Cincinnati, OH (CVG)

Chicago, IL (CHI)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Cincinnati, OH (CVG)

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

11,000 miles
+taxes & fees

15,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Columbus, OH (CMH)

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

11,000 miles
+taxes & fees

15,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Chicago-Midway, IL (MDW)

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

5,000 miles
+taxes & fees

9,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Charleston, SC (CHS)

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

7,500 miles
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Denver, CO (DEN)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Detroit, MI (DTW)

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

11,000 miles
+taxes & fees

15,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

9,500 miles
+taxes & fees

13,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

7,500 miles
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Jacksonville, FL (JAX)

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

7,500 miles
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Kansas City, MO (MCI)

9,000 miles
+taxes & fees

13,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Portland, OR (PDX)

7,000 miles
+taxes & fees

11,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Long Beach, CA (LGB)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

7,500 mile
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

7,000 miles
+taxes & fees

11,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

7,000 miles
+taxes & fees

11,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

Phoenix, AZ (PHX)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

Milwaukee, WI (MKE)

5,500 miles
+taxes & fees

9,500 miles
+taxes & fees

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

New Orleans, LA (MSY)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Nashville, TN (BNA)

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)

Savannah, GA (SAV)

7,500 miles
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Oakland, CA (OAK)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

7,500 miles
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Phoenix, AZ (PHX)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

7,000 miles
+taxes & fees

11,000 miles
+taxes & fees

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

Tampa, FL (TPA)

9,500 miles
+taxes & fees

13,500 miles
+taxes & fees

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

Sacramento, CA (SMF)

10,000 miles
+taxes & fees

14,000 miles
+taxes & fees

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

7,500 miles
+taxes & fees

11,500 miles
+taxes & fees

 

The Rules

  • Valid on one-way flights within the lower 48 states and Alaska
  • Fares start at just 5,000 miles plus taxes and fees
  • Purchase by July 18, 2016, for use between August 23, 2016, and February 10, 2017

Blackout Dates

  • All Markets:
    • September 1 – September 6, 2016
    • November 17 – November 28, 2016
    • December 14, 2016 – January 3, 2017
  • Between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Phoenix (PHX)
    • October 6 – October 10, 2016
  • Between Los Angeles and Kansas City (MCI)
    • October 20 – October 24, 2016
  • Between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
    • October 13 – October 17, 2016
  • Between Atlanta (ATL) and Chicago (MDW)
    • October 6 – October 17, 2016
  • Between Detroit (DTW) and San Francisco (SFO)
    • October 6 – October 17, 2016
    • October 20 – October 24, 2016

Final Thoughts

If the dates match up with future travel plans, it is certainly worth searching Delta for a good fare. 8,000 destinations cover a lot of ground.

Alternatively, if you have an immense amount of time and patience to comb through flights on Delta and compare fares, this sale will most likely throw up some deals where you can save a pretty penny; possibly even in the Comfort+ cabin.

Delta Domestic Award Sale: 8000+ Destinations as Low as 5,000 SkyMiles
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