If you are a Delta Air Lines elite / loyalist there are some places in the USA you do want to live and some places you really don’t want to live. What do I mean?
First off, preferably, you don’t want to live in Delta HUB cities as Delta really does not have to “love you” that much as you have little choice in airlines thanks to consolidation etc. In hubs like ATL or SLC you should be thinking about other major, or minor, airlines as your airline of choice. Or, if you must fly Delta, perhaps thinking of crediting and attaining status with another airline like Alaska that has not yet destroyed their frequent flyer program (but I fear even that is just a matter of time).
But that is not what today’s post is about. Today we talk about where on this big beautiful blue marble you should live if you want to fly Delta. You know even in these dark days if you are willing to work it you can get a ton out of the Delta program (depending on where you live).
I am going start by touting South Bend Indiana first. Everyone who flies Delta should live here (I am kidding, sorta). Here is why I say my home town airport is a winner. If I take a 3 hour radius around SBN airport I can reach no less than 9 locations Delta serves, that is, AZO, FWA, LAN, GRR, MDW, ORD, MKE, DTW, IND! That gives me a great many options for finding LEVEL 1 or 2 award tickets if I am willing to drive a bit (and I do). The same goes for buying a ticket. This year, due to SBN many times being the most expensive ticket (and gas being cheap again) I have found driving to these other locations near home has been a much better choice for revenue tickets. Plus, there are times I want to avoid the horrid CRJ200s that mostly
infest fly from SBN.
Let’s keep this going. Chicago’s ORD can be an amazing value and there are many less Delta elites because it is such a UA and AA hub. Chicago can also benefit from MKE or Milwaukee because they compete with the larger airport just south of them.
Dallas DFW was once a Delta hub but no more but still has some ridiculous deals, prices and award values. Oh and did I mention they have an AMEX Centurion club there that I would be happy to move into if they would put a bed in a closet for me! 🙂
Los Angeles, even though Delta considers it a hub city, I have found to be a very good location to hop to so many destinations West for awards! Not just that, you also, like me in SBN, have a number of other airports nearby that can provide escape from LAX if the price is not what you want.
A quick point before I turn this over to you my dear reader. I am NOT talking about “convenience” factors here. If you are willing to spend for a YBM (or 1st class ticket) and you want to fly fast and direct, this post is not for you. This is also not a post about how bad weather or such affects some airport much of the time. This is about perks, upgrades and redemptions. About treatment as an elite and so on. Clear?
Now it is your turn. You tell me if your home town airport is better (please include airport code) and I will update this post with readers choices for best airports to be a Delta elite flyer and spending your “valuable-ish” SkyMiles! Also do you agree with our growing list of airports or disagree with any of the reader suggestions? – René
List of best Airports to be a Delta flyer:
- SBN – South Bend, IN
- ORD/MDW Chicago, IL
- MKE – Milwaukee, WI
- DFW – Dallas, TX
- LAX – Los Angeles, CA
- DCA – Arlington, VA
- CVG – Cincinnati, OH
- BWI – Baltimore, MD
- IAD – Dulles, VA
- PBI – West Palm Beach, FL
- MBS – Freeland, MI
- TVC – Traverse City, MI
- BNA – Nashville, TN