Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale: Fly to Mexico for Just 12K+ SkyMiles!
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Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale: Fly to Mexico for Just 12K+ SkyMiles!

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We all need something to look forward to right now. How about a beach getaway to Cancún, Cabo, or Puerto Vallarta on the cheap? Done.

We recently unearthed this unpublished Delta SkyMiles flash sale with flights to Mexico’s hottest destinations as low as just 12,000 SkyMiles round-trip – and rates below 20,000 SkyMiles nearly nationwide. That means you can fly to Cancún (CUN), San Jose del Cabo (SJD), or Puerto Vallarta (PVR) for fewer miles than most domestic trips!

International travel may be tricky for Americans for the foreseeable future. But there’s still availability at these low rates to travel through May 2021. And Mexico is already open to U.S. travelers – with no entry requirements for testing or quarantine!

skymiles flash sale Mexico new york to cancun 

Want more award alerts like this one? We send them to Thrifty Traveler Premium members first, along with dirt-cheap domestic and international flight deals. 

There are cheap award flights down to Mexico from August all the way through May 2021 and beyond. You’ll typically find the cheapest rates down to Cancún (CUN) – both in SkyMiles and taxes and fees. All award flights down to Mexico get hit with $80 to $100 or so in taxes and fees, which takes a bite out of the value of this redemption. Still it’s a great deal for a winter escape.

And that’s due in part to how flexible it is booking with SkyMiles right now. Delta is offering free change or cancellation on all flights booked by Dec. 31 – including all SkyMiles award tickets. That means you could book today, then decide later on to cancel if necessary and get your miles back free without paying the usual $150 redeposit fee.

Read more: Are Delta SkyMiles the best way to book flights right now?

These low rates book into Delta’s basic economy awards. Delta began selling these no-frills fares even when using SkyMiles last year. If you want to pick your seat free and board earlier, you can upgrade to a main cabin fare for roughly 6,000 SkyMiles more.

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Thrifty Tip #1: When booking with SkyMiles, make sure to select “Flexible Dates” and “Price Calendar” to maximize the dates viewable.

Thrifty Tip #2: Load up your SkyMiles balance for the next deal – and get airport lounge access, too. You can earn up a whopping 225,000 points (or even more!) with the Platinum Card from American Express, then transfer those points over to Delta.


Delta Flash Sale Availability

  • Travel in November through May 2021, depending on your destination
  • To book these fares, visit and search from your airport



Cancún (CUN)
Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
San Jose del Cabo (SJD)


Departure Cities

Akron (CAK) – 20k
Albuquerque (ABQ) – 20k
Allentown (ABE) – 20k
Atlanta (ATL) – 16k
Augusta (AGS) – 20k
Baltimore (BWI) – 20k
Birmingham (BHM) – 20k
Boston (BOS) – 18k
Chattanooga (CHA) – 20k
Chicago (MDW) – 18k
Chicago (ORD) – 18k
Cleveland (CLE) – 20k
Dallas (DAL) – 20k
Dallas (DFW) – 20k
Detroit (DTW) – 16k
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) – 18k
Fort Wayne (FWA) – 20k
Fresno (FAT) – 20k
Grand Rapids (GRR) – 20k
Harrisburg (MDT) – 20k
Hartford (BDL) – 20k
Kalamazoo (AZO) – 20k
Lansing (LAN) – 20k
Los Angeles (LAX) – 12k
Miami (MIA) – 18k
Milwaukee (MKE) – 18k
Montgomery (MGM) – 20k
Nashville (BNA) – 16k
New Orleans (MSY) – 18k
New York (JFK) – 14k
New York (LGA) – 14k
Orlando (MCO) – 18k
Philadelphia (PHL) – 20k
Phoenix (PHX) – 18k
Pittsburgh (PIT) – 18k
Providence (PVD) – 18k
Reno (RNO) – 20k
Sacramento (SMF) – 18k
San Diego (SAN) – 18k
San Francisco (SFO) – 18k
San Jose (SJC) – 18k
Santa Barbara (SBA) – 14k
South Bend (SBN) – 20k
St. Louis (STL) – 20k
Tampa (TPA) – 18k
Washington, D.C. (DCA) – 20k
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – 20k


Our Analysis

Hands down, these flash sales are easily some of the best ways to use your Delta SkyMiles. And even through the coronavirus crisis, it seems they’re getting better and better.

Thrifty Traveler Premium members always get first dibs on these sales. We’re always searching for the best ways to use your Delta SkyMiles, and constantly finding these unadvertised flash sales.

thrifty traveler premium deal 

Even major Delta hubs like Atlanta (ATL) and Detroit (DTW) benefit from this deal with fares as low as 16,000 roundtrip. Unfortunately, Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) is still subject to Delta’s hub penalty – you won’t find fares below 27,000 SkyMiles.

skymiles flash sale Mexico Atlanta to cancun 

And it’s not just the big cities that get cheap award rates. Even Reno (RNO), Santa Barbara (SBA), and South Bend (SBN) can get down to Mexico for as low as 14,000 SkyMiles roundtrip.

Or fly from Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) down to Cancun (CUN) for just 18,000 SkyMiles, too.

skymiles flash sale Mexico Chicago to cancun

Bottom Line

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. You can score flights from most cities nationwide down to Mexican beach meccas for just 12,000 to 16,000 SkyMiles round-trip.

Deals like this are why we think SkyMiles are so valuable. Most airlines charge at least 30,000 miles for flights to Mexico and back. And considering you can score a cheap flight now and cancel penalty-free later on, this sale is tough to beat.


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1 Responses

  • Great sale and thanks for posting when these surface but perhaps state early in your reporting when these sales exclude the primary Delta hubs of MSP, ATL, SLC. Saves all of us in those cities (who I have to think are the majority of your readers) some time.

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