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Achieving top value with Delta SkyMiles can be tough. Delta no longer publishes an award chart, making it difficult to know if you are paying the lowest price. If you want to book Delta award travel, you are essentially going in blind, with no way of knowing what the baseline is for the lowest saver-level award price to any given destination.
That's why we created our Delta miles chart—to give members a visual baseline when they redeem Delta SkyMiles to or from the U.S.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles and a $100 statement credit after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer Ends 4/28/21.
- Earn 3 Miles on every dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta and on every eligible dollar spent on purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 1.5 miles per dollar on single eligible purchases of $5,000 or more (that's an extra half point per dollar), up to 50,000 additional miles per year. 1 Mile on every eligible dollar spent on other purchases.
- With Status Boost®, earn 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your card in a calendar year, up to 2x per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Plus, throughout 2021 earn an additional 2,500 MQMs after making $25,000 in purchases, up to 2x. That's in addition to the 10,000 MQMs that you would earn with Status Boost.
- Status-like benefits: First Check Bag Free on Delta flights + Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
- Terms and limitations apply.
- Rates & Fees
- 3X miles per dollar spent on purchases made directly with Delta
- 3X miles per dollar spent with hotels
- 1.5x miles on purchases over $5,000 (up to 50,000 bonus miles annually)
- 1X miles per dollar on all other eligible purchases.
Delta isn't keen to advertise its award prices and has made it harder for SkyMiles members to find saver-level award space. But alongside other points and miles publications, we are doing our best to keep Delta's award pricing transparent. We have historical records of Delta’s pricing, and when we see changes, we’ll update this page to give you an idea of what a flight should cost before you redeem your miles.
Delta award travel prices are not static, and the miles required can change with demand and other factors, but the rates below represent our best estimates of the saver-award rate for international SkyMiles redemptions to and from the U.S. You can think of this chart as a sort of Delta miles calculator, showing you the minimum price for any given route.
Delta Award Chart for Flights From the U.S.
|Destination||Delta SkyMiles Low-Level Economy Award||SkyMiles Partner Economy Award||Delta SkyMiles Low-Level Business Award||SkyMiles Partner Business Award|
|Northern South America||20K||25k||54K||45K|
|Southern South America||35K||35K||110K||110K|
|South Asian Subcontinent||40K||60K||97.5K||125K|
|North Asia||35k||40K||80K||85K (110k within 21 days of departure)|
|Southeast Asia||40K||35K||90K||85K (125k within 21 days of departure)|
Updates to Delta SkyMiles Award Chart Since April 2017
We've done our best to keep this list up to date, but many of the changes to Delta's award pricing aren't picked up until late after the change happens. There are plenty of changes that also appear gradually, as the lowest saver-level awards disappear over time the price increases. Below you can see the major changes we've caught at the time they were adjusted.
- August 2017: Delta increases prices on partner Premium cabin awards to Europe/Asia booked within 21 days of departure
- March 2018: Delta lowers cost of partner award fares to North Asia, dropping business-class redemptions from 95K to 85K, and economy from 40K to 35K
- April 2018: Delta lowers cost of partner award fares to Europe, dropping business-class redemptions from 85K to 75K, and economy from 35K to 32.5K
- April 2018: Increased Southern South America economy class from 30k to 35k. Date increase occurred is unknown.
- June 2018: Delta operated flights to Europe have increased from 70k to 82k one-way in Delta One (business class)
- March 2019: Delta operated flights to Europe increase to 105K one-way in Delta One. Lowest partner awards remain at 75K, although most are now 86K
Best Credit Cards to Earn Delta SkyMiles
Delta may give members a hard time when it comes to finding the best value for their SkyMiles, but it also provides more credit cards that earn Delta SkyMiles than you'll find from United and American.
You can earn miles via any of Delta's seven co-brand American Express cards:
- Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card
If you prefer collecting flexible rewards, Membership Rewards points transfer to Delta at a 1:1 ratio, so any rewards card earning Membership Rewards points can effectively earn Delta miles, plus points transfer to a long list of other hotel and airline frequent flyer programs. Membership Rewards earning cards include:
Delta SkyMiles Partner Award Pricing
Following in the footsteps of United MileagePlus and American AAdvantage, Delta’s latest negative changes focused on increasing the price of flying on partner airlines into and out of the US. These are frustrating changes, to say the least.
It is now more expensive to fly Delta partner awards on almost every international route entering or leaving the US, with award prices sitting up to 25K miles higher than flying Delta metal and members now required to pony up a premium to fly SkyTeam partners.
To give you an indication of how out of touch Delta’s pricing has become, we’ve pulled a couple of examples from a recent post highlighting SkyTeam partner programs that offer better value.
US-Europe Round-Trip in Business Class
- Delta SkyMiles – 210,000
- Delta SkyMiles Partner – 150,000
- Korean SKYPASS Partner – 80,000
- Aeromexico Club Premier – 160,000 (works out to 100,000 Membership Rewards points)
US-Australia Round-Trip in Business Class
- Delta SkyMiles – 220,000
- Delta SkyMiles Partner – 230,000
- Korean SKYPASS – 195,000
- Korean SKYPASS Partner- 185,000
Trying to book an award on Aeromexico has been known to leave a person on the precarious edge of sanity; however, Korean SKYPASS is another story.
While Delta has gone out of its way in recent years to destroy the remaining value in the SkyMiles program, Korean has slowly chipped away at improving its frequent flyer experience, adding functionality for English speakers and enabling members to book partner awards online.
SKYPASS is a genuine and better alternative to SkyMiles for flying international on SkyTeam carriers and offers a number of sweet spots, a high-quality hard product, and even a US credit card (although you’ll get better value using Marriott points' earning cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card and transferring points).
How to Avoid Delta SkyMiles' new Partner Award Pricing
SkyMiles members can utilize a few different strategies instead of paying more miles for Delta partner awards.
- Fly Delta for a portion of the flight to get the lower Delta award rate. For international flights, you need to fly Delta for the first overwater portion of the itinerary and connect to a partner for the remainder of your trip.
- Using SkyTeam partners like Korean SKYPASS. You can use Korean miles to book SkyTeam partners for international awards, and in the vast majority of cases pay less than Delta’s award pricing. This includes top value awards like flying round-trip to Hawaii in economy class for 25K, flying one-way in business class to Asia on Korean for 62,500 miles, or round-trip to Europe in business for 80K. If you currently use SkyMiles earning credit cards, this may involve transferring spending to Marriott co-brand cards. These cards earn Marriott points which transfer to SKYPASS at a 3:1 ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for every 60,000 points transferred.
- Saving SkyMiles for domestic awards. Delta’s domestic awards made our list of the best value SkyMiles redemptions. It’s wise to shop around as Delta’s award pricing fluctuates widely, but you can bag bargains as low as 7,500 miles one-way if you have the luck of the Irish and a bit of patience.
If you’re planning a Delta Skymiles redemption, uncertainty about award pricing is the new reality. Although there are still plenty of good options for Delta award travel, you don’t want to stockpile these rewards. The best strategy is to redeem Delta SkyMiles early and often because they will likely be worth far less in the years to come.
Delta’s consistent devaluations are a great reminder to focus your efforts on flexible rewards programs like Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy, which give you the freedom to choose the airline that offers the best value, rather than the one whose miles you are stuck with.
For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card (Rates & Fees)
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