Delta is emailing us to “hurry” to buy this month’s monthly flash sale on SkyMiles when they do not publish award charts anymore (that they still do use). But this one is really bad, another reason to avoid booking coach seat awards with SkyMiles.
Other than on the east coast, that has lots of other airline choices, all the Delta hubs are 44k round trip vs. the normal non-published award charts level 1 are 60k. So the “savings” for you hub flyers is about 16k SkyMiles. But wait.. there is more.
If we look at a spring trip from Atlanta or Detroit for example, the dates for the 44k tickets are not bad. But, if you take Skypennies at 1 cent value and add the tax you are talking $621 cost. How does this compare to a paid ticket?
If we do a quick check of itaMatrix, with some flexibility, we can find tickets for prices around the same amount. But wait what is the cheapest Delta price?
So they are a tiny bit more that the cheapest we can find on any airline but if you do choose these Delta tickets keep in mind you EARN both Skypennies and MQMs for the flights (if elite points matter to you). So by earning Skypennies you reduce the net cost of the ticket even closer to what the award ticket price is.
Bottom line is there is some minor savings with this month’s Skypennies flash sale but it is nothing to get real exited about. When I go to spend my SkyMiles I book Delta One and make sure I find my seats at Level 1 awards prices (ask Adam for help if you need it folks)! – René
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