Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale: Fly Down to Cancún From Just 11K+ SkyMiles!
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Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale: Fly Down to Cancún From Just 11K+ SkyMiles!

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We all need something to look forward to right now – and preferably, a warm place to relax. How about a beach getaway to Cancún? Done.

We recently unearthed this unpublished Delta SkyMiles flash sale with flights to Cancún (CUN) as low as just 11,000 SkyMiles roundtrip – and rates below 18,000 SkyMiles nearly nationwide! That means you can fly down south to Mexico for fewer miles than most domestic trips! And you can book these flights through the winter and even into spring 2022.

Thrifty Traveler Premium subscribers got this deal sent to their inbox as soon as we found it, but some of these fares are still available!

Boston to Cancun flight 

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 January all the way through April 2022 – though it’s easier to find these low rates through March. All award flights down to Cancún get hit with $80 $90 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 on the cheap.

Delta SkyMiles to Cancun 

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. 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 3,000 SkyMiles on these flights.

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

There’s no Delta hub penalty here, either. Even core Delta hubs like Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Atlanta (ATL), and Detroit (DTW) can get in on these ultra-low rates.

msp to cancun deal

Mexico has remained open to American travelers throughout the pandemic, with no testing nor vaccination requirements for entry. You will need a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before flying back to the U.S., so check with your resort or accommodations to see if they offer onsite testing or follow our other tips to track down a test.

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 to a whopping 375,000 points (or even more!) with the Platinum Card from American Express, then transfer those points over to Delta.

los angeles to cancun skymiles flash sale

Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale Availability

  • Travel in January through April 2022, depending on your origin and destination
  • To book these fares, visit and search from your airport

To begin, do a normal search for flights at and be sure to check the box that says “Shop with Miles”.

On the next page, you’ll see a grid full of fares, but click the “Price Calendar” button to get the clearest view of what’s available. From there, just choose the dates with the lowest SkyMiles fares and book!

We highly recommend you upgrade to Main Cabin to include advanced seat assignment and to have the ability to cancel online for a full refund of your SkyMiles and fees. That’s easily worth paying an additional 3,000 to 8,000 SkyMiles per ticket.

Need more help? Check out our step-by-step booking video for more guidance on how to find these fares.


Departure Cities

In total, 20-plus different cities clocked in at the 11,000-SkyMiles mark to get down to Cancún and back, ranging from Chicago to Erie, Pennsylvania (ERI). These are record-low SkyMiles fares from many of the regional airports on this list.  

Appleton (ATW) – 11k
Asheville (AVL) – 20k
Atlanta (ATL) – 12k*
Austin (AUS) – 11k
Baltimore (BWI) – 11k
Billings (BIL) – 18k
Birmingham (BHM) – 18k
Bloomington (BMI) – 20k
Boise (BOI) – 16k
Boston (BOS) – 11k*
Bozeman (BZN) – 18k
Chattanooga (CHA) – 18k
Chicago (MDW) – 11k
Chicago (ORD) – 11k
Columbia (CAE) – 20k
Columbus (CMH) – 16k
Dallas (DAL) – 11k
Dallas (DFW) – 11k
Denver (DEN) – 12k
Detroit (DTW) – 14k*
Erie (ERI) – 11k
Eugene (EUG) – 18k
Evansville (EVV) – 11k
Fayetteville (XNA) – 18k
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) – 11k
Grand Rapids (GRR) – 18k
Green Bay (GRB) – 16k
Hartford (BDL) – 14k
Houston (HOU) – 11k
Houston (IAH) – 11k
Idaho Falls (IDA) – 18k
Indianapolis (IND) – 11k
Kalamazoo (AZO) – 20k
Kansas City (MCI) – 11k
Las Vegas (LAS) – 14k
Los Angeles (LAX) – 12k*
Medford (MFR) – 18k
Miami (MIA) – 11k
Minneapolis (MSP) – 16k*
Minot (MOT) – 20k
Moline (MLI) – 20k
Montreal (YUL) – 18k
Nashville (BNA) – 14k
New Orleans (MSY) – 11k
New York (JFK) – 11k*
Orlando (MCO) – 14k
Peoria (PIA) – 20k
Philadelphia (PHL) – 11k
Pittsburgh (PIT) – 11k
Portland (PDX) – 18k
Raleigh (RDU) – 14k
Reno (RNO) – 16k
Sacramento (SMF) – 16k
San Diego (SAN) – 12k
San Francisco (SFO) – 14k
San Jose (SJC) – 14k
Santa Ana (SNA) – 20k
Seattle (SEA) – 14k*
South Bend (SBN) – 20k
Spokane (GEG) – 18k
St. Louis (STL) – 11k
Tampa (TPA) – 18k
Toronto (YYZ) – 20k
Washington, D.C. (DCA) – 12k
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – 12k
Wausau (CWA) – 16k



Bottom Line

Don’t let those Delta SkyMiles collect dust – especially when we’re finding deals like this one!

Thrifty Traveler Premium members got the first kick at the bucket for this fantastic award sale from Delta, but you likely still have a shot at it from your home airport, too!

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 to Mexico now and cancel penalty-free later on, this sale is tough to beat.


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  • 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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