How to maximize Delta’s Pay with Miles

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Delta has a great feature called Pay with Miles that only Delta American Express cardholders are extended. Delta’s Pay with Miles allows cardholders to pay for a cash fare with SkyMiles AND still earn additional SkyMiles as well as Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM) towards Medallion status. The ability to pay with SkyMiles becomes especially valuable when there is a fare sale.

From the Delta website: For travel on or after January 1, 2015 (regardless of ticket purchase date): Pay with Miles tickets are eligible for MQMs and MQSs. In addition, Pay with Miles tickets will earn mileage for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total. 

 

For example, Mrs. TT and I booked a trip to Istanbul, Turkey last week during the Delta Fare Sale, using SkyMiles to pay for the $600 fare (60k SkyMiles). Not only did Pay with Miles require less SkyMiles than a standard redemption ticket, but we’ll also earn MQMs towards Delta Medallion status for 2017!

Thrifty Tip #1: Use Pay with Miles when you see a fare on sale! You can pay with SkyMiles and usually spend less than on standard SkyMiles redemption. Watch our flight deals here at Thrifty Traveler!

Thrifty Tip #2: Pay with Miles allows you to earn MQMs to qualify for Delta status whereas a standard SkyMiles redemption fare will earn zero MQMs!

Thrifty Tip #3: Low on SkyMiles? Pay with your remaining balance of SkyMiles, and cover the rest with cash (credit card).

 

Here is a quick example of how you can save on a Delta flight from JFK to Moscow, Russia (SVO).

 

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Standard SkyMiles Redemption (60k Skymiles + $189)

 

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Pay with SkyMiles Redemption! (45k Skymiles + $25)

 

Not only is the flight that utilized Delta’s Pay with Miles 15k less SkyMiles, it was also $163 cheaper! This is just one example of many. So keep your eyes peeled for Delta flight deals and save SkyMiles and some coin!

 

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