Delta’s miles are some of the hardest to use. They make it far more difficult to get a decent value from miles than any other airline and they don’t even publish an award chart anymore. The Skypesos moniker is well deserved.
For example if you are able to escape to beautiful Whistler, BC from May 8-15, you can bid on a 4 bedroom residence from Exclusive Resorts.
“As a SkyMiles® member, you’re invited to enjoy a seven (7) night stay in one of Exclusive Resorts’ stunning four-bedroom private residences in Whistler, British Columbia offering more than 4,200 square feet of exquisitely finished living space. Located at Kadenwood Estates, an intimate and cozy mountain retreat, this home features a unique, rustic design with a spacious gourmet kitchen with a large barn door separating it from the media room. In the living room, a birch bark canoe is suspended from the ceiling. Located high in the mountains above Whistler Creekside Village, you’ll feel a closeness with nature rarely found in any top mountain resort.
-Personalized pre-trip planning and dedicated on-site Concierge
-Private hot tub
-Ski-In / Ski-Out access
-Washer & Dryer
The auction ends at 3pm ET, though it’s extended for another 5 minutes every time there’s a bid.
The current bid is just 53K miles. The value of the house rental in Whistler is likely around $5,000, so you can get quite a decent value from your Skypesos with this auction.
Cathay Pacific flies the most luxurious flight within North America from JFK to Vancouver. They typically don’t open award space until closer to the flight, but they actually have 1 first class award and 2 business class awards from May 8th from JFK-Vancouver that you can lock in before the AA devaluation tomorrow when business goes from 25K to 32.5K and first goes from 32.5K to 50K each way. You can lock in more space by booking travel for other dates that have award space and changing the dates for free when space opens up on flights that you want, though you’ll have to pay a redeposit fee if it never opens. You have to call AA to book awards on Cathay Pacific.