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Why not earn your own Delta mistake fare? Plus Delta Priceline updates!

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Delta is going above an beyond when it comes to last week’s mistake fare. They could have taken the stand that unless you got a ticket number it was too bad for you. They are not going that way. If you still don’t have your tickets due to a Priceline issue, do not give up and take the time. For some readers it took hours and hours but so well worth it!

make your own mistake fare

But what if you missed out? How good were the deals? A bunch of people got tickets from NYC to LAX (some in 1st but many in coach) and they paid as little as $25 for the seats. But what if you could pay even LESS than $25 for a ticket? Would you jump all over a $17.80 cent transcon fare? It is not that hard so just take a look:

arrival card deal

The Barclays Arrival card is one of the simplest points cards ever. How simple? Let me break it down:

1) Pay for your Delta ticket with the card and wait for it to post

2) Log on to Barclays and redeem points to cover the charge

3) There is no step three, it is that simple.

Now there are some tiny restrictions to get max benefit. For example, in the above ticket, you cannot redeem 31,780 points. You have to go with either 30,000 and get $300 credit or 32,500 to wipe the total charge. Clearly you are tossing away points at the higher level so just pay the $17.80 yourself.

skymiles mqms and mqds earned

Oh and wait, this gets even better. Keep in mind, as far as Delta is concerned, you are just paying for this ticket. So, if you happen to be Gold or Platinum Medallion, you are earning 2x Delta points for the trip, that is 9900 worth at least 1 cent each so getting $99 in value back. Plus, you are picking up a kool 4950 MQMs and even 276 dollars MQD credit for 2014! 🙂

But I hope this makes my point of how great a deal this can be for coach travel. The Barclays Arrival card, after spending just $1000 (now $3000) in the first 90 days of card membership, gives you 40,000 bonus points worth $400. In my example, after redemption,  you would still have 10,000 bonus points left plus 2,000 from meeting the spend (they pay 2x points on everything) and btw they give you a 10% rebate on points when you redeem them so you will, in 1-2 weeks, get 3000 more points back.

Who needs a mistake fare when you can do the above and fly coast to coast for just $17.80 plus some points!- René
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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

6 Comments

  1. Rene,

    When I first read this “Oh and wait, this gets even better. Keep in mind, as far as Delta is concerned, you are just paying for this ticket. So, if you happen to be Gold or Platinum Medallion, you are earning 2x Delta points for the trip, that is 9900 worth at least 1 cent each so getting $99 in value back.” I was a bit confused. How does the Arrival card earn Delta Points? So I assume you meant Delta miles and the bonus for being elite, correct? Or are you referring to the Arrival earning 2 points on each dollar spent?

    • @Craig – when you fly Delta on a ticket you pay for you earn Skymiles. When you pay for a ticket with Arrival card you earn Skymiles for that trip. Delta does not care that you are later getting the ticket paid for with your Arrival points. They got their money. So, you EARN for that trip since you paid for that ticket. So if you are just a Skymiles member, you just earn stand miles. If you are GM or PM your earn 100% bonus Skymiles. DM earn 125% bonus Skymiels. Oh and yes you are also earning 2x points for the purchase. I did not point that out – miss on my part – so you are also earning for that as well! 😉

  2. Deltaflyer Reply

    Happy New Year!!

    I’m assuming the same logic would hold true when using a Saphire card and getting 20% when booking through them.

    • @Deltaflyer – yes as well as the FlexPerks as well. I think the Arrival is the best choice of the 3 for simple earn and spend.

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