Free flights aren’t really free; they cost miles. And the fewer miles, the better.
Fly between the continental U.S. and Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Peru for as few as 50,000 Delta miles roundtrip in coach, 105,000 miles in Delta One.
That’s the gist of Delta’s latest flash sale on SkyMiles award travel. It is indeed a flash sale. As in: Book by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 19.
While the booking must be made in short order, award travel itself can be completed between August 1 through November 16, 2017.
Deal or No Deal
Published award prices for South America award travel range from just under 100,000 to well over 150,000 miles for roundtrip travel in coach, and from the low 300s to almost 500,000 miles for roundtrip Delta One. So the discounts are considerable. And the fact that Delta is now discounting award travel on a monthly basis is a positive for SkyMiles members, as well. Although it may leave them wondering which are the “normal” prices: the discounted rates, or the non-discounted rates. With the almost certain prospect of more award sales to come, it certainly makes ponying up the “normal” award price seem like an unnecessary extravagance.
As is always the case with flash sales, the snooze-you-lose booking imperative is a negative.
Still, worth a look if you have Delta miles in hand and plan (or could plan) a trip on any of the discounted routes in the coming months.
Reader Reality Check
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After 20 years working in the travel industry, and almost that long writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.
This article first appeared on SmarterTravel.com, where Tim is Editor-at-Large.