With all the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, it can be hard to think about travel.
But it’s a great time to study up on becoming a smarter traveler, earn miles, learn, and yes, book future trips. Low prices for flights as far out as March 2021 and unprecedented flexibility from airlines to change plans without a penalty make it a great time to book flights for later.
Still, we still think there’s one standout way to book flights during all this uncertainty: using Delta SkyMiles.
More Flexibility than Ever
Airlines have gone out of their way to give travelers some peace of mind when booking future trips.
They’ve waived change and cancellation fees on all new tickets booked in the next several weeks. That means you can book a flight now for a trip months away, then change or cancel it if need be and get a voucher for future travel.
The same is true when booking with Delta SkyMiles – in fact, it’s even better.
Delta is waiving the usual $150 redeposit fee to cancel and get your miles back for any SkyMiles award ticket booked by June 30. Typically, only top Medallion status holders get that treatment. And yes, even basic economy award tickets can be canceled for free, too.
And that’s a big deal. It means there’s no need to worry about using a voucher or fighting the airline for a refund. Just book your flights with SkyMiles, monitor the situation as coronavirus continues to unfold, and cancel it to get your miles back free of charge.
Canceling these SkyMiles award tickets is simple, too. You can easily cancel the ticket online by navigating through “My Trips” and choose to modify your flight. So long as your flight meets the waiver criteria, you can cancel it and get your miles back immediately – though in some cases it may take a few days. Any taxes and fees you paid will be refunded to your credit card, too.
Delta’s policy is among the most generous policies you’ll find for booking award tickets with miles – only Southwest can match it, as the airline always allows free change and cancellation.
Here’s a brief look at how some of Delta’s other competitors are handling it:
- Alaska: Like Delta, Alaska will allow you to cancel an award ticket and get your miles back free if you book by June 30.
- American: American is waiving its $150 redeposit fee for award tickets booked by June 30. After that, the airline is implementing a new award change fee structure with some pros and cons.
- United: United allows you to change a mileage redemption without paying a fee, but canceling to get your miles back will cost you between $75 and $125.
Read our guide on the best ways to earn Delta SkyMiles!
Flexibility to cancel and get your miles back is one thing. But when award fares are cheap, it’s even better.
Delta uses dynamic award pricing, which is a fancy way of saying “we charge you whatever we want.” That can sometimes mean sky-high award rates – especially when cash prices for a flight are high.
But as airlines have slashed prices to try to drum up ticket sales, we’ve seen some unbelievable SkyMiles flash sales too. Just take a look at some of the recent sales we’ve sent to Thrifty Traveler Premium members for domestic and international flights as far out as winter 2021!
- Nationwide Sale to Costa Rica from just 9,000 SkyMiles round-trip
- Flights to the Caribbean islands through November from 11,000 SkyMiles and up
- Domestic flights all across the U.S. starting at 8,000 SkyMiles round-trip all summer and fall
And many, many more. As airlines try to chart their course to recovering from the pandemic, we expect to see more cheap flights spring up for travel well out into 2021. And that will almost certainly mean more dirt-cheap SkyMiles deals.
Need more ideas? Check out our list of the absolute best ways to use Delta SkyMiles.
You shouldn’t be getting on a plane anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t book travel for the future. And if you ask us, the flexibility and value of using Delta SkyMiles to book a future trip is unbeatable.