There are great deals to get down to the beach this winter … and then there's this.
Over the last few months, we've sent our Thrifty Traveler Premium members a handful of Delta SkyMiles flash sales to get down to Mexico or the Caribbean this winter, with deeply discounted award rates starting at just 11,000 SkyMiles roundtrip. But Delta dropped the gauntlet with this one.
From February through April, you can fly from Seattle (SEA) to either Puerto Vallarta (PVR) or San Jose del Cabo (SJD) and back for just 5,000 SkyMiles total. While some of that low-priced availability has dried up since we first alerted Thrifty Traveler Premium earlier this week, there are still plenty of dates available through the spring for just 5,000 SkyMiles, plus some taxes and fees.
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This isn't just the cheapest SkyMiles award fare we've seen to Mexico: It's among the lowest priced Delta awards we've seen, period. On other airlines, you can expect to pay 25,000 miles or more for these flights. And while even these fares are getting hit with $110 or so in taxes and fees, this is still a tremendously valuable way to use your SkyMiles as the cash price of these same tickets is $310 or more.
Thrifty Tip: You can cover those taxes using the Amex airline fee credits on cards like the Platinum Card® from American Express – or even the $300 annual travel credit from the Chase Sapphire Reserve®.
Unfortunately, this an incredibly targeted deal: You won't find rates this low outside of Seattle. But there are still plenty of deals out there from other cities nationwide to fly down to Mexico this spring from 11,000 SkyMiles to 20,000 SkyMiles roundtrip. And even fares from Seattle to Cancún (CUN) aren't pricing out this low.
Get the skinny on some of the past SkyMiles flash sales to Mexico we've unearthed!
But fares this low to western Mexico's premier beach towns are unheard of – it simply doesn't get cheaper than this. There's still plenty of availability into both Mexican airports from mid-February through late April. Be sure to use Delta's price calendar to get a monthlong-view at dates to get the best deal.
The lowest rates are for Delta basic economy award tickets, which don’t come with free seat assignment and get hit with a 9,900-SkyMile penalty if you want to cancel to get the rest of your miles back – more than the cost of these tickets. That’s why we recommend upgrading to a main cabin fare, as those tickets are fully refundable: Get your miles and taxes and fees back for free! Upgrading to main cabin starts at just an additional 4,000 SkyMiles on these flights.
Got a stash of World of Hyatt points – or even some Chase Ultimate Rewards points? Take your cheap trip to the next level by booking a stay at one of the great Hyatt Ziva and Zilara all-inclusive resorts in Cabo or Puerto Vallarta. Both properties are bookable for just 20,000 Hyatt points per night – give or take a few thousand thanks to Hyatt's new peak- and off-peak pricing system.
Think of it this way: You could book your flight using 5,000 SkyMiles and pay only taxes and fees for the flight – or even cover that expense with the right credit card. Then book a few nights at one of these all-inclusive resorts using points, covering your lodging, food, and drinks. That beach vacation to Mexico this spring could cost you less than staying at home.
We mean it when we say this is a truly stellar deal. Flights to Mexico do not get cheaper than this.
Seattleites are lucking out with these barnburner rates down to both Cabo and Puerto Vallarta all spring. Roundtrip flights to Mexico typically cost 30,000 SkyMiles – or much more. To do it for just 5,000 SkyMiles roundtrip seems too good to be true … but this is real.
Hop on this deal before it disappears. And get the heads up on the next incredible Delta SkyMiles flash sale with Thrifty Traveler Premium.