How Much Are SkyMiles Worth? The Value of Delta SkyMiles Part 1

This post is part of a four-part series. In Part 1, we will look at the mechanics of the Delta Airlines program. In Part 2, we’ll look at its award chart and rules to find valuable awards. In Part 3, we’ll value specific SkyMiles awards. In Part 4, I’ll put a number on one SkyMile.

Delta Airlines SkyMiles are the most reviled currency among mile mavens. In a nod to Latin America's currency woes, the nickname "SkyPesos" has stuck to describe how worthless and devalued most collectors find SkyMiles to be.

Free First Class Next Month: Using to Make Award Bookings

Hey there, you're reading an outdated post! The updated series from April 2015 can be found here.

This is the twenty-second post in a monthlong series. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete.

This Week’s Top 20 from Travelzoo

Do you subscribe to the Top 20 from Travelzoo? I recommend it because each week there are a few truly incredible deals. Let's take a look at a few from this week.

1) Fly nonstop from LAX-Puerto Vallarta for $313 r/t or Cabo for $333 r/t. Flights from SFO are slightly more. I have no doubt this is a good cash price, and the page says these prices are $200 off the normal price.  But for me, this deal just highlights how valuable Avios are.