Up to 10,000 Miles Off Delta Economy Award Redemptions

Delta is short-term award sale.

Delta wants you to ‘book your dream trip’ but your dream had better not include business class, because the sale is for coach only. And you had better not want to travel on peak holiday dates — because those are blacked out.

Here’s the deal: For tickets issued by November 3 and travel between December 3 and February 18 (but subject to blackout dates), Delta is offering discounts of 4000 – 10,000 miles on economy awards within the 48 contiguous U.S. states and between those 48 States and the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America.

Not all cities get the discount, either though as the promotion excludes travel to Caracas, Venezuela; Cancun, Mexico; and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Blackout dates are:

  • December 19 through December 24, 2014
  • December 26, 2014 through January 5, 2015
  • January 16, 2015
  • January 19, 2015
  • February 13, 2015
  • February 16, 2015

In other words, you don’t get the discount on holiday travel dates you’d want to fly.

Tickets to/from Brazil, Argentina, and Chile require a 7-day minimum stay, and all travel on this promotion has a 30 day maximum stay.

I didn’t love it when they offered something similar last month — too many restrictions — and I still don’t get excited about it.

The discounts certainly aren’t big enough that they ought to entice travel you wouldn’t otherwise take, which sort of seems to be the idea of discounting awards now.

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  1. Well the deals may not be “great”, BUT for those of us who spend our lives digging through bargain bins, it’s nice to see award tickets go on sale. For a 6-person family traveling across the U.S., it’s a buy-5-get-1-free sale. And even better: a SOLO traveler gets a deal, too!!!

    I’m not a Delta member so it doesn’t apply to me. I do have to wonder though…how many of these “saver” tickets are actually available? The travel dates are soon.

    On my normal airline, trying to get the Saver ticket within a couple months of the flight is difficult… and usually means you can only choose red-eye, or nothing at all.

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