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Delta SkyMiles Deals Have Been Crazy Lately, Don’t Miss Out

We don't mean to toot our own horns … but “beep beep” – the Delta SkyMiles flash sales we've been digging up lately have been nothing short of spectacular.

Last week alone, we sent Thrifty Traveler Premium+ members several unbelievable award fare alerts to put their Delta SkyMiles to use: a stunning deal all the way to Tahiti from just 50,000 SkyMiles roundtrip, nationwide fares all across Europe for 32,000 SkyMiles apiece, and down to Belize and back for as low as just 12,000 SkyMiles total! And then there were other recent SkyMiles deals to New York City, Cabo, and even Australia, too.

Sure, Delta SkyMiles can be difficult and frustrating. The amount of miles you need to book a flight is unpredictable and always changing thanks to the airline's dynamic award pricing. Business class redemptions are often through the roof.

But this is the tradeoff: Outstanding deals with flights bookable for half the miles that other airlines typically charge – or even less. There's truly no better way to redeem your SkyMiles than flash sales like these.

So how do you get them? And where can they get you? We're so glad you asked.


A Recent Roundup of SkyMiles Sales

Just two weeks ago, Delta announced a shocking new route: Come this winter, the airline will start its first-ever nonstop service all the way to Tahiti, flying from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) and back.

Less than a week ago, we unearthed a jaw-dropping deal on that brand-new route with roundtrip fares as low as 50,000 SkyMiles!


Tahiti SkyMiles deal


This deal is gone now! Get the next great Delta SkyMiles flash sale (plus other award alerts and cheap cash fares) with Thrifty Traveler Premium+!

Bay Area residents got the lowest of low prices, but there were plenty of cheap rates from other cities like Los Angeles (LAX), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Salt Lake City (SLC), Seattle (SEA), and even Phoenix (PHX) or Boise (BOI).


Tahiti flight deal


Thrifty Traveler Premium+ is the only flight deal alert service on the market that sends members both cheap cash fares and award alerts to book flights using points and miles – including these dirt-cheap SkyMiles sales as well as business and first class redemptions.

And those SkyMiles sales didn't stop in Tahiti. For the third time in the last year, roundtrip flights to Europe dropped to just 32,000 SkyMiles last week for a trip this fall or into the winter. That's less than half of what most airlines charge for a trip to Europe.


SkyMiles to Europe


Here's just one example of a one-stop trip from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) all the way to Madrid (MAD) and back. But this deal included dozens of European cities and hundreds of U.S. airports with Delta service.


Skymiles flash sale


Want to fly business class across the pond? It's rarely cheap with Delta, as the airline frequently charges more than 200,000 SkyMiles for a one-way flight to Europe in Delta One business class. But we unearthed a nationwide sale last month, with business class flights to Europe for just 148,000 SkyMiles round-trip from almost any airport in the U.S. … including some routes in Delta One suites!


Delta One


Or how about a trip down to Belize? It's mecca for beachgoers and snorkelers alike, but fares to Belize City (BZE) are rarely cheap whether you're using miles or cash. So this roundtrip fare from 12,000 SkyMiles apiece was a bargain.


Belize flight deal


This deal is gone, too – get the next one with Thrifty Traveler Premium+!


Other Great SkyMiles Flash Sales

Those deals are just the tip of the iceberg. Over the last few months, we keep seeing some excellent SkyMiles deals to almost every corner of the globe.

How about we start by going down under for a bargain? Getting to Australia for less can be tough … unless you hopped on this deal for 70,000 SkyMiles roundtrip.


Sydney flight deal


Anyone interested in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico? For just 11,000 SkyMiles, you should be.


Mexico flight deal


Or something to the mountains? Cheap domestic fares were hard to come by throughout much of the summer, but these roundtrip flights for 7,000 SkyMiles to Denver (DEN) turned that on its head.


Denver SkyMiles deal


And that's just the last few weeks. Over the last couple of months, there were plenty more amazing SkyMiles deals like…

  • Nationwide to New York City from 9,000 SkyMiles round-trip
  • Nationwide to Vietnam from 70,000 SkyMiles round-trip
  • Delta hubs to Las Vegas from 9,000 SkyMiles round-trip
  • Nationwide to Banff National Park from 19,000 SkyMiles round-trip
  • Nationwide to Montego Bay, Jamaica from 11,000 SkyMiles round-trip

I know, nobody likes a showboat … I'll stop now.


Nationwide to Europe for 32k SkyMiles!

Think you can't put your SkyMiles to use from your home airport? Think again.

Just a few weeks back, we found that massive, unpublished SkyMiles flash sale to Europe for 32,000 SkyMiles … roundtrip. That's less than half of what most airlines charge for a trip over to Europe and back.

These rates are long gone now – the hotter the deal, the shorter it lasts. But when it first cropped up earlier this month, you could find those dirt-cheap rates from almost every airport in the country, big and small. It didn't matter whether you were searching from the big airports like Atlanta (ATL) or New York City (JFK), midwestern hubs like Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), or even small cities like Fargo (FAR), Boise (BOI), Milwaukee (MKE), and 100-plus more.

Whether you wanted to head to Rome (FCO), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), London-Heathrow (LHR), or almost anywhere in Europe, here's just how few SkyMiles you might have needed…

Aberdeen (ABR) – 32k
Akron (CAK) – 32k
Albany (ALB) – 32k
Albuquerque (ABQ) – 32k
Allentown (ABE) – 32k
Anchorage (ANC) – 32k
Appleton (ATW) – 32k
Asheville (AVL) – 32k
Atlanta (ATL) – 32k
Augusta (AGS) – 32k
Austin (AUS) – 32k
Baltimore (BWI) – 32k
Bemidji (BJI) – 32k
Billings (BIL) – 32k
Birmingham (BHM) – 32k
Bismarck (BIS) – 32k
Bloomington (BMI) – 32k
Boise (BOI) – 32k
Boston (BOS) – 32k*
Bozeman (BZN) – 32k
Brainerd (BRD) – 32k
Bristol (TRI) – 32k
Buffalo (BUF) – 32k
Burlington (BTV) – 32k
Cedar Rapids (CID) – 32k
Charleston (CHS) – 32k
Charlotte (CLT) – 32k
Charlottesville (CHO) – 32k
Chattanooga (CHA) – 32k
Chicago (MDW) – 32k
Chicago (ORD) – 32k
Cincinnati (CVG) – 32k
Cleveland (CLE) – 32k
Colorado Springs (COS) – 32k
Columbia (CAE) – 32k
Columbus (CMH) – 32k
Columbus (GTR) – 32k
Dallas (DAL) – 32k
Dallas (DFW) – 32k
Dayton (DAY) – 32k
Denver (DEN) – 32k
Des Moines (DSM) – 32k
Destin (VPS) – 32k
Detroit (DTW) – 32k
Dothan (DHN) – 32k
Duluth (DLH) – 32k
El Paso (ELP) – 32k
Erie (ERI) – 32k
Eugene (EUG) – 32k
Evansville (EVV) – 32k
Fargo (FAR) – 32k
Fayetteville (FAY) – 32k
Fayetteville (XNA) – 32k
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) – 32k
Fort Myers (RSW) – 32k
Fort Wayne (FWA) – 32k
Fresno (FAT) – 32k
Gainesville (GNV) – 32k
Grand Forks (GFK) – 32k
Grand Rapids (GRR) – 32k
Green Bay (GRB) – 32k
Greensboro (GSO) – 32k
Greenville (GSP) – 32k
Gulfport (GPT) – 32k
Harrisburg (MDT) – 32k
Hartford (BDL) – 32k
Hibbing (HIB) – 32k
Houston (HOU) – 32k
Houston (IAH) – 32k
Huntsville (HSV) – 32k
Idaho Falls (IDA) – 32k
Indianapolis (IND) – 32k
International Falls (INL) – 32k
Jackson (JAN) – 32k
Jackson Hole (JAC) – 32k
Jacksonville (JAX) – 32k
Kalamazoo (AZO) – 32k
Kalispell (FCA) – 32k
Kansas City (MCI) – 32k
Key West (EYW) – 32k
Knoxville (TYS) – 32k
La Crosse (LSE) – 32k
Lansing (LAN) – 32k
Las Vegas (LAS) – 32k
Lexington (LEX) – 32k
Little Rock (LIT) – 32k
Los Angeles (LAX) – 32k
Louisville (SDF) – 32k
Madison (MSN) – 32k
Medford (MFR) – 32k
Memphis (MEM) – 32k
Miami (MIA) – 32k
Milwaukee (MKE) – 32k
Minneapolis (MSP) – 32k
Minot (MOT) – 32k
Missoula (MSO) – 32k
Mobile (MOB) – 32k
Moline (MLI) – 32k
Montgomery (MGM) – 32k
Myrtle Beach (MYR) – 32k
Nashville (BNA) – 32k
New Orleans (MSY) – 32k
New York (JFK) – 32k*
Norfolk (ORF) – 32k
Oakland (OAK) – 32k
Oklahoma City (OKC) – 32k
Omaha (OMA) – 32k
Ontario (ONT) – 32k
Orlando (MCO) – 32k
Panama City (ECP) – 32k
Pasco (PSC) – 32k
Pensacola (PNS) – 32k
Peoria (PIA) – 32k
Philadelphia (PHL) – 32k
Phoenix (PHX) – 32k
Pittsburgh (PIT) – 32k
Pocatello (PIH) – 32k
Portland (PDX) – 32k
Portland (PWM) – 32k
Providence (PVD) – 32k
Raleigh (RDU) – 32k
Rapid City (RAP) – 32k
Redmond (RDM) – 32k
Reno (RNO) – 32k
Rhinelander (RHI) – 32k
Richmond (RIC) – 32k
Roanoke (ROA) – 32k
Rochester (ROC) – 32k
Rochester (RST) – 32k
Sacramento (SMF) – 32k
Salt Lake City (SLC) – 32k
San Antonio (SAT) – 32k
San Diego (SAN) – 32k
San Francisco (SFO) – 32k
San Jose (SJC) – 32k
San Juan (SJU) – 32k
Santa Ana (SNA) – 32k
Santa Barbara (SBA) – 32k
Sarasota (SRQ) – 32k
Savannah (SAV) – 32k
Seattle (SEA) – 32k
Sioux Falls (FSD) – 32k
South Bend (SBN) – 32k
Spokane (GEG) – 32k
Springfield (SGF) – 32k
St. Louis (STL) – 32k
St. Thomas (STT) – 32k
Syracuse (SYR) – 32k
Tampa (TPA) – 32k
Toronto (YYZ) – 32k
Traverse City (TVC) – 32k
Tucson (TUS) – 32k
Tulsa (TUL) – 32k
Washington, D.C. (DCA) – 32k
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – 32k
Wausau (CWA) – 32k
West Palm Beach (PBI) – 32k
Westchester County (HPN) – 32k
Wichita (ICT) – 32k
Williston (XWA) – 32k
Wilmington (ILM) – 32k

These ultra-low award rates are gone now – get the next insane deal in your inbox with Thrifty Traveler Premium+!


How to Earn Delta SkyMiles for the Next Deal

There is truly no better way to use your SkyMiles than these sales and deals. And if you don't already have some stashed away, this should convince you that they're absolutely worth earning.

The easiest way to pile up SkyMiles is by opening a Delta SkyMiles American Express co-branded credit card. These cards are currently offering up to 50,000 SkyMiles after spending a certain amount within three months – but we've seen those welcome bonuses as high as 100,000 SkyMiles, so it's probably worth waiting.

Keep in mind that there's no restriction against opening all three of these Delta co-branded cards: the Delta SkyMiles Gold, Delta SkyMiles Platinum, and Delta Reserve card. Timing it right and being responsible with your spending could give you a large sum of SkyMiles to work with.


delta skymiles cards


Read our guide to deciding which Delta credit card is right for you!

But another great way to earn Delta SkyMiles isn't with a Delta credit card at all. Delta is one of our favorite Amex transfer partners, which means you can transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards cards straight into your SkyMiles account. That makes cards like The Platinum Card® from American Express, the American Express™ Gold Card, or the American Express® Green Card some of the best ways to earn SkyMiles.

When you see the next Delta SkyMiles flash sale, you can immediately transfer the points you need to your Delta account. These points transfer on a 1:1 basis, so 30,000 Amex points will give you 30,000 SkyMiles.

Delta also offers a few different ways to keep padding your SkyMiles balance. You can earn SkyMiles on your online shopping, while dining out, taking a Lyft ride, or using the grocery delivery service Instacart.

Read more: All the Best Ways to Earn Delta SkyMiles


Bottom Line

SkyMiles can get a bad rap, but deals like these are simply unbeatable.

Don't miss out on the next amazing way to use your SkyMiles to fly to Europe, Tahiti, Australia, Mexico, Asia, and beyond. Sign up to try Thrifty Traveler Premium+ and you'll be the first to hear about it.


6 Responses

  • Regarding the skymiles deal for 15K miles to Europe on partner airlines AF, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, do you have to open a frequent flyer account with that particular partner airline and then transfer sky miles or Amex points to that account in order to take advantage of this?

  • Thanks for posting the Delta Sky Miles sales. And also the United Airlines sales. I booked some of these and I appreciate you providing notice to me so I could book these deals:

    IST Turkey via United Airlines from my local airport one-way in business class – FEB 2023 – 70,000 United Miles

    ARN Stockholm Sweden via Delta Skymiles from my local airport round-trip in economy for P3 &P4 – APR 2023 – 36,000 x2 = 72,000 Delta Skymiles

    Such a good use of airline miles!

    I am very grateful for your Premium Service!

    • Hi Paul. This story was originally published back in 2019. We are constantly updating it with recent deals we find.

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