Anatomy of an Award: 45k Virgin Atlantic Miles for Delta One to Argentina

In May I flew from Atlanta to Buenos Aires in Delta One, and only had to spend 45,000 Ultimate Rewards--transferred to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club-- to do so.

Atlanta Delta SkyClub, Concourse F

A couple weeks ago, I booked a one-way Delta One flight between Atlanta and Buenos Aires for 45,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles (and just $5.60 in taxes). I was pretty dang excited about the ability to do this, as it was my previous assumption that Flying Club awards flying partner airlines--at least Delta specifically--needed to be booked roundtrip. That is not the case.

12k Delta Miles Roundtrip to Mexico Instead of 35k

Delta has put many routes between the US and Mexico on "sale" right now. I say "sale" because Delta doesn't have a published award chart anymore, but we know from charts maintained by people like us online that the standard lowest level US > Mexico award price is 17,500 Delta miles one way. Right now many routes are only 12,000 SkyMiles roundtrip.

New Amex Offers: 20k points for $1k Spend with Air France or KLM

American Express is offering some lucrative incentives to spend on their cards right now. Not everyone will have these Amex Offers available as they are targeted.

Targeted Promotion: 10% Off Delta Awards (up to 100k Off)

Delta SkyMiles is offering a 10% rebate on awards booked by May 13th, for travel between the dates of August 14 and November 14, 2018. The maximum amount of miles you'll get back is 100,000.

This offer is not available to everyone. Check here to see if you were targeted.

To be clear, you must have the total amount of miles required to book the award. Rebate will apply to entire amount of miles redeemed, even if there are others aside from you on the reservation.

Limited Time: 60k Gold & 70k Platinum Delta Offers. Which is Better?

I'm bumping this post up to the top of the blog roll as a reminder that these elevated 60k and 70k bonus offers for the Delta Gold and Platinum Amex cards are ending April 11, 2018 (this coming Wednesday). If you want to apply, do so before midnight tonight!  

Until April 11, 2018, the Gold Delta Card is offering 50,000 bonus Delta miles after you spend $2,000 in your first three months, plus an additional 10,000 bonus miles for spending another $1,000 in within the first six months.

Surprise! Delta Lowers Award Price to North Asia

In an interesting departure from Delta SkyMiles' typical behavior, the price of Delta

TIP: Use Desktop, Not Mobile to Buy Delta Gift Cards for Platinum Credit

Are you scrambling to spend all your incidental travel fee credit for your Amex Platinum before the year ends? Is Delta your designated airline? Then be careful how you buy Delta gift cards. Gift cards bought through the mobile version of Delta's site are coding as actual gift cards, and therefore aren't being reimbursed by Amex.

Delta Flash Sale: 20k to Alaska & 35k to Hawaii Roundtrip

Through September 14, 2017 (tomorrow) at 11:59 PM ET, you can book roundtrips between the continental United States and Alaska for 20,000 Delta miles and Hawaii for 35,000 miles. The travel period for the sale is January 8 through March 23, 2018.
Sale Routes
Delta states that the sale applies to roundtrip award flights in economy from the 48 continental United States with the following destinations:

Honolulu, HI (HNL)
Kahului, HI (OGG)
Kona, HI (KOA)
Lihue, HI (LIH)
Anchorage, AK (ANC)
Fairbanks, AK (FAI)

Flights don't have to be direct to be on sale.

Attention Delta Status Chasers: Amex Reserve Card Has a New Bonus

The Delta Reserve is a niche credit card. Many won't want to pay $450 for a card that earns solely Delta miles. But the Delta Reserve's ability to earn Delta redeemable miles is not why people should open this card.

The Delta Reserve Card from American Express comes with 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) for spending $3,000 on the card within three months of opening it.