Delta SkyMiles has just announced a 48 hour award sale for domestic awards to/from NYC. The promotion is valid for bookings made by 11:59PM EDT on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, and is valid for travel between December 1 and December 20, 2016. This promotion is valid for economy awards only, and awards have to be purchased on delta.com to be eligible.
Now, Admittedly the first half of December is among the slowest travel periods, as there’s not much leisure or business travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So paid tickets should be cheaper during this period as well.
Through this promotion awards are advertised as starting at 5,000 miles one-way, and availability is excellent in many markets.
So while 5,000 miles plus $5.60 in taxes between Boston and New York sounds like a great deal, you’ll want to check the paid fares to compare.
In this case a paid ticket would cost $63.10, so in reality you’re redeeming 5,000 miles to save $57.50. By the time you factor in the miles you’re forgoing by booking an award, you’re only getting about one cent per mile of value (which is roughly the value Delta hopes you’ll get out of miles).
So there’s certainly some value to be had here, though generally you’re not going to be getting outsized value on award tickets for domestic travel in the first half of December. The cost of domestic airfare is down significantly this year, especially during off peak periods, so the value of these types of promotions has decreased a bit.
Still, I’m sure some people will be able to get some value out of this promotion.
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)