The (Unofficial) Delta SkyMiles Award Chart for Flights from the US

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Achieving top value for your Delta SkyMiles redemption can be tough. Delta no longer publishes a SkyMiles 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.

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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.

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Delta Award Chart for Flights from the US

DestinationDelta SkyMiles Low-Level Economy AwardSkyMiles Partner Economy AwardDelta SkyMiles Low-Level Business AwardSkyMiles Partner Business Award
Mexico/Central America/Caribbean17K20K38K37.5K
Northern South America20K25k54K45K
Southern South America35K35K110K110K
Europe30K25K105K75K
North Africa40K25K105K75K
South Africa60K50K465K145K
Middle East35K42.5K85K85K
South Asian Subcontinent40K60K97.5K125K
North Asia35k40K80K85K (110k within 21 days of departure)
Southeast Asia40K35K90K85K (125k within 21 days of departure)
Southwest Pacific45K55k225K115K

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.

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:

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

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Comments

  • This is great – even unofficially, this is a really helpful planning resource.

  • Thanks for the effort with this!

  • I’m currently waiting for a Delta flight right now. The article is a great reminder that I need to find a good redemption to enjoy my Delta points before they devalue again.

  • The Arts Traveler says:

    This is very helpful on understanding the current reality of Delta Skymiles. In November I am flying from Boston to London on Delta in Delta One. I used Flying Blue miles.

  • Thank you. This will be very handy.

  • skypesos at work. With AA and United copying delta with “dynamic” pricing, i guess its only a matter of time before their award charts tries to beat this one

  • ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    very handy stuff. Can we see a similar chart for domestic/Delta, and maybe UAL?

  • This is nice information, it helped me in analyzing

  • I’ve a lot of Delta miles ad I think i’s time to burn them. 10 years ago I was much happier with rewards programs

  • Delta skymiles are good, but definitely need to know how to use them. At least there is no expiration date, so i dont feel so bad leaving them dormant between redemptions!

    • Yes, kudos to having no expiration date. However, and it’s a big however, you’ll see from many comments here that you’re still not safe from devaluations. That’s why many of us try to earn and redeem points as soon as possible to protect ourselves as best we can.

  • I wonder why it’s cheaper for economy to Europe on partners (25 k) instead of on Delta metal (30 k). At least according to the award chart above.

  • Thanks for putting this together! I live in a Delta hub, so I’ve been looking to get another Delta card and take advantage of some of these routes.

  • Great post! Looks much better that the click-bait articles from bloggers about DL “charging 135k to Europe”, like that was now the new minimum redemption threshold.

  • It seems extraordinary that Delta still won’t provide accurate details to it’s loyalty members… Very telling as to their appreciation of their loyal customers.

  • The good part about SkyMiles is that they never expire.
    The bad part about SkyMiles is everything else, pretty much.

  • Flying to hawaii using korean miles is a nice option but can be challenging to execute at times.

  • “out of touch”….yeah a bit =/

  • I think the easiest way to avoid partner award pricing is to credit the miles to those partners from the get-go. I credit Delta miles to Virgin Atlantic or Korean Skypass, American Airlines to Etihad and United to Avianca or Turkish and I don’t have those issues. The only domestic airline I credit to and maintain status with is Alaska.

    I used to maintain status on the other ones as well and was a Global at United but found the value of that having become too diluted.

    I remember once looking for a mileage ticket with Delta from DCA to LGA and they quoted 68,000 miles. Hahahaha.

    It frightens me when I think that people involved in the administration of these programs could run for public office and start devaluating the pension trust fund, our currency or treasuries the way they manage their own programs. That would be an unparalleled national disaster.

  • The future of miles. Gradually worth less and less…

  • Thanks a lot. As a cheepskate (or seeker of the best value, to be specific, finding the lowest mile redemption is exactly what I am looking for. This is useful in comparing how many miles a destination will take with other mileage plans also.

  • We should have periodic updates on the unofficial award charts.

  • Thanks for posting this. As mentioned, sometimes you do just need to get lucky, but it is good to know what to expect.

  • Thanks! This is helpful. I wish it wasn’t necessary.

  • To me it is quite interesting that Delta charges less Skypesos to travel on a partner airline than on Delta itself! But then numerous foreign carriers require you to pay to reserve a seat. Any thoughts on the Skypesos differential?

  • I wish they kept things simple like before with an award chart. They are decent airlines though.

  • It is funny how most DL awards are chart based but DL does not admit it.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    Well it seems after reading this that the best strategy is to redeem Delta SkyMiles early and as often as possible, because they will likely be worth far less in the future. .

  • weak chart to asia from US, there are better redemptions out there

  • There is no such thing as a “best” card to earn Skypesos. They are all crap, befitting a crappy program

  • Difficult to know how many Delta Miles to save when the dynamic pricing is involved. Cash is so much more versatile.

  • Sorry I have become skeptical of all point schemes since the race to the bottom started…..

  • This is a great planning guide for Delta miles. I hope AA doesnt follow suite.

  • Great guide though as we have seen with Delta this may change at literally any second.

  • Steven William Van Meter says:

    I found this chart to be very helpful. I wish it would remain static.

  • Heather Armstrong says:

    This is helpful to understand their award pricing. I sometimes struggle to find good award pricing on the website, but have also found that Delta has some really great promotions. If you can book your flight as soon as the promotion is announced, you can get some great deals!

  • Thanks for this. We’ve got some Delta miles to use!

  • Stacy Y Liu says:

    This chart is fantastic and super convenient! Thank you for this post!

  • thanks for the comprehensive guide!!!

  • Incredibly helpful. As someone who travels with kids, the variability in pricing is that much worse because I’m often looking for 4 tickets — so a 5-10K difference multiplied times 4 can be hard to plan for.

    • Hey Leslie, one quick tip: If you travel with two adults, you might try booking two separate reservation to save on miles.

      For example, if you search for 2 passengers, you might find 25k for a round trip. Then if you search for 2 more, the price may be 35k for a round trip. So you could end up with 120K total. But if you just search for 4 travelers, you’ll pay 35K x 4 or 140K total.

      If for some reason you can’t book the second set of tickets, you can always cancel within 24 hours.

  • Luciano Stinchi says:

    Is there a chart for AA e UA?

  • Thanks for this helpful information. Great for planning purposes.

  • Interesting to note that the Partner awards from US to Europe and Africa require less points than Delta awards. And the amount in business class to South Africa is 320,000 points less!

  • seems like skypesos are better utilized on partner awards.

  • Thanks for the info. Feels like getting harder to use delta mileages though.

  • This is super helpful. Many thanks for your tireless research.

  • It makes me sad that this is a necessity of life with Delta. They have such Great service otherwise =/

  • Thank you very much for this! I had no idea the default miles cost was higher for flying a partner, or that it made a difference if the first international leg was delta or a partner. I’m now wishing I’d paid closer attention to this on my last award flight :/

  • Geraldine Gagnon says:

    It used to be fun to keep up with all these changes, but now it’s becoming an anxiety filled full-time job!

  • This is a great resource and the hard work is appreciated, but this chart isn’t even remotely accurate for US-Japan Award Tickets. Delta Economy awards are consistently between 100,000-150000 miles depending on the airport and Delta One is something ridiculous like 600000. This is a route I fly very often so monitor it closely. I don’t waste my time with Delta when it comes to award redemptions on that route.

  • I hope that the partner availability will be the same for quite a long time.

  • Thanks! We earned a bunch of Delta miles a while back (flying China Airlines) as Delta had the most generous expiration policy. However, being Delta newbies, I wasn’t able to figure out what we could do with the miles we earned. Very helpful article!

  • Can I use miles for flights from the same alliance? Have the chart for South American flights?

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