Update 2: DEAD!
Update: Commenters are reporting that you need 25K miles in your account for this deal to work. You can transfer miles from AMEX to Delta instantly.
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If you have a Delta credit card like the Delta Gold, Delta Platinum, Delta Reserve, or Delta Business AMEX then you can use pay with miles. You just search for a revenue flight on Delta.com, select a fare, and then a drop-down menu lets you know how many miles you can use. A $200 ticket would normally cost you about 25K miles.
However right now tickets that originate in Canada that cost less than C$284 can be had for just 250 miles with no taxes owed! Now that’s maximizing your Skypesos like never before!
You can use Google Flights Canada to find Delta flights originating in Canada for C$284 or less.
Then login to your mileage account on Delta.com and search for a flight. You must have a primary Delta credit card attached to the mileage account for this to work.
Again, this will only work for tickets originating in Canada and it will only work for tickets that cost C$284 or less.
Don’t forget that you can book a one-way flight from NYC or Chicago to Toronto for 4.5K Avios, from Los Angeles to Vancouver for 7.5K Avios, or from Fort Lauderdale to Toronto for 10K Avios, and then you can book the return for just 250 miles with this deal!
For example this round-trip from Vancouver to Los Angeles is C$282 after sorting the flights by price and selecting the flights. After selecting the flight just use the drop-down menu to save C$282 by using just 250 miles!
The next page will confirm the 250 miles+$0 price:
The email confirmation shows C$282, but that the total charge is $0. No pending charge came on my credit card when I booked this ticket:
Only 250 miles were deducted from my Delta account:
You’ll even earn Medallion qualifying miles and segments with these fares!
I didn’t need the ticket so I cancelled it and got my miles back as it was within the 24 hour cancellation period.
While I couldn’t find any round-trips from Montreal or Toronto to NYC for C$284 or less, I did find one-way first class tickets that worked:
Will Delta honor this?
They have a pretty good record.
They honored thousands of $50 round-trip first class fares from places like NYC to Alaska, California, and Hawaii. They even honored the tickets of thousands more people who didn’t receive ticketing confirmations.
But they may follow United’s lead and decide not to honor mileage ticket mistakes. Time will tell, stay tuned!
Everything in this post was discovered by trial and error and I’m sure there are lots of other great deals, so keep searching and post them in the comments!
HT: Sol B.
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