[PREMIUM SELECT] Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale to Seoul for 70k R/T

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This deal was featured yesterday on Thrifty Traveler Premium!

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Yesterday, we broke another unadvertised SkyMiles flash sale through our Thrifty Traveler Premium service.  Subscribers were notified of a deal to Seoul, South Korea on Delta’s new Premium Select product for only 70,000 SkyMiles roundtrip (normally 160k+ and retail for $2500)!

Availability through May including Cherry Blossom the first week of April.  Book ASAP! There is no way to know how long this deal will last.

This deal starts at 70k SkyMiles round-trip and includes nonstop service from both Atlanta and the new nonstop route between Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Seoul-Incheon (ICN) which launches on April 1st, 2019! You can even book the inaugural flight from MSP for 70,000 SkyMiles. 

Delta’s Premium Select product will give you access to priority boarding, recliner seats with 7″ more legroom and footrests, larger entertainment screens, and far better food and service than in economy. See our full Delta Premium Select review here.


Delta’s new Premium Select cabin


Thrifty Tip #1: Already booked an award fare during this time period? Call Delta and they may refund the difference.

Thrifty Tip #2: When booking, make sure to select “Calendar View” and “5 weeks” to maximize the dates viewable.


Delta Flash Sale Seoul



  • Varies by departure city but appears to be available through May of 2019. Book ASAP!


Departure Cities

  • Atlanta (ATL) – 70k
  • Birmingham (BHM) – 70k
  • Boston (BOS) – 70k
  • Buffalo (BUF) – 70k
  • Charlotte (CLT) – 70k
  • Chicago (MDW) – 70k
  • Chicago (ORD) – 70k
  • Cleveland (CLE) – 70k
  • Detroit (DTW) – 70k
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) – 70k
  • Grand Rapids (GRR) – 70k
  • Green Bay (GRB) – 70k
  • Indianapolis (IND) – 70k
  • Jacksonville (JAX) – 70k
  • Kansas City (MCI) – 70k
  • Louisville (SDF) – 70k
  • Memphis (MEM) – 70k
  • Miami (MIA) – 70k
  • Milwaukee (MKE) – 70k
  • Minneapolis (MSP) – 70k
  • Nashville (BNA) – 70k
  • New Orleans (MSY) – 70k
  • New York (JFK) – 70k
  • New York (LGA) – 70k
  • Oklahoma City (OKC) – 70k
  • Orlando (MCO) – 70k
  • Pittsburgh (PIT) – 70k
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – 70k
  • Raleigh (RDU) – 70k
  • Richmond (RIC) – 70k
  • Rochester (ROC) – 70k
  • St. Louis (STL) – 70k
  • Tampa (TPA) – 70k
  • Washington D.C. (BWI) – 70k
  • Washington D.C. (DCA) – 70k
  • Washington D.C. (IAD) – 70k

Check your local airport!


Our Analysis

Delta gets a bad rap for not having an award chart, but these unadvertised flash sales are one of the many benefits to not having one. This deal starts at 70,000 SkyMiles round-trip in Delta’s Premium Select cabin.

This includes both nonstop routes out of Delta’s hub cities Atlanta (ATL) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP). As mentioned above, you can even book the inaugural flight for 70,000 SkyMiles out of MSP on April 1st.

Additionally, if you are not originating out of either Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) or Atlanta (ATL), your connecting flight to either of these airports will be in Delta Comfort+.

For what its worth, when we first posted about the inaugural flight from MSP, a Premium Select seat was going for 390,000 SkyMiles roundtrip as is pictured below.


Delta Flash Sale Seoul


As a part of this sale, you can now book this exact same route for 70,000 SkyMiles roundtrip and $46.93 in international taxes and fees which is pictured below.


Delta Flash Sale Seoul

MSP-ICN for 70,000 SkyMiles roundtrip


Delta Flash Sale Seoul

ATL-ICN for 70,000 SkyMiles roundtrip


Delta Flash Sale Seoul

JFK-ICN for 70,000 SkyMiles roundtrip


Bottom Line

Delta continues to impress with its solid monthly flash sales; both advertised and unadvertised. These sales are one of the main reasons we place a higher value on the SkyMiles program than most. With the lack of an award chart, Delta can effectively charge you as many SkyMiles as they please for an award ticket. What many fail to realize is that this can often work in your favor.


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2 Responses

  1. Len says:

    This does seems like a good deal industry-wise however lets not get confused here. Having a product for sale and saying it is on ‘discount’ however never revealing the ‘normal’ price is a very shady and deceitful tactic, and would be openly frowned upon in any market.

    To say that this work “in my favor” makes absolutely no sense and is silly.

    This reminds me of the restaurants/bars that have all day, every day Happy Hour 2 for 1 drinks. No! That is just the regular price..

    Deceitful marketing, regardless of the end price.

    • Nick Serati says:

      The problem with your argument is they aren’t marketing this and thus why we called it an unadvertised sale.

      They are putting butts in seats by lowering the price of award ticket. Something the other airlines can’t do because they’re tied to an award chart.

      However you want to spin it, when you look at cash prices of these flights, 70k miles equates to about 4 cents per SkyMile. Hell of a value if you ask me and something you’re not going to find booking AA or UA flights on their own metal.

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