Thinking of using your hard-earned SkyMiles to book a Delta One trip somewhere fun? We have something you may wish to take into consideration before clicking that “Complete Purchase” button.
A Midwest friend of mine recently booked a Delta award trip. (Let’s call him “Bob,” as per usual.)
He’s a private guy and asked that I not reveal too much about him or his original destination.
So let’s call him Bob. He wanted to take Mrs. Bob to Buenos Aires (EZE — not to be confused with Eazy-E). And he decided they should go in style — SkyMiles balance permitting. But the Delta One SkyMiles redemption prices were ludicrously high.
You’re shocked, I know.
Let’s check out the cost from Kansas City (MCI). (BTW, most of these screenshots are re-creations but Bob walked me through the process and certified they’re the same.)
So that’s 670,000 roundtrip Delta SkyMiles for Mr. and Mrs. Bob to fly between Kansas City to Atlanta in domestic first class; and then between Atlanta to Buenos Aires in Delta One.
That was outside of their SkyMiles budget.
So they went with Premium Select, which is like domestic first class.
Not Delta One, but better than Main Cabin. Plus, the cost was only 118,000 SkyMiles each or 236,000 miles total roundtrip.
But when Bob went to select their seats, Delta presented him this upgrade offer:
For 74,900 SkyMiles each way or 149,800 roundtrip per person (he said the offer was the same on the way back), he can get upgraded to First Class and Delta One.
So let’s add all this up:
- 118,000 SkyMiles for Premium Select
- 25,900 SkyMiles for First Class, MCI to ATL
- 49,900 SkyMiles for Delta One, ATL to EZE
- 49,900 SkyMiles for Delta One, EZE to ATL
- 25,900 SkyMiles for First Class, ATL to EZE
That comes out to 269,600 SkyMiles roundtrip.
Remember that Delta was charging 335,000 SkyMiles roundtrip for the same itinerary.
So that’s a savings of 65,400 per person. And that’s if all upgrades are selected. Personally, I’m fine in Main Cabin for a couple of hours and saving almost 52,000 SkyMiles.
How Can You Check If You’ll Receive Cheap Delta One Upgrade Offers?
Simple. Book the trip at a cheaper price. Then see if you’re targeted for an upgrade.
Please keep in mind this is very much YSMV: Your SkyMileage May Vary. 🙂
You have 24 hours to cancel it and get a full refund. So have a plan in place. Like, “If I don’t get a good offer, I’m not going” or “I’ll live with it.” You have to decide soon.
You can save yourself some significant miles (and maybe money) by purchasing your Delta One ticket and then seeing if cheaper upgrade options are available. Remember, you have 24 hours to cancel.
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