I have a number of Delta flights booked to end the year. On one of them, I utilized some extreme stacking with outstanding results and value from both my Delta elite status as well as an old Amex BOGO certificate.
The rest of my flights booked for 2022 are all SkyMiles awards. I am desperately trying to find decent value while I work to unload my way-too-large balance of Delta points that I have amassed and are NOT getting more valuable with time (do a Delta One search to Europe as an example and see for yourself).
The key part of the above is finding value. To that end, one of my bookings I found was not the absolute best value — but it worked for the dates I wanted. That does not mean I cannot get better value and week by week I have been doing just that.
You see, I keep checking, at least once a week to see if the exact same flights I have already booked have gone down in price. Once I find any change in award pricing at all, I just do what Delta.com tells me to do, that is:
- How to Change an Award Ticket
- Find Your Trip or Log In and go to My Trips
- Select the flight you need to change
- Click on ‘Modify Flight’
- Click on ‘Start Flight Change’
- Choose new flight(s)
- Complete check out and pay any fare difference
- Get your confirmation
As Staples commercials would say – “that was easy” and done. It is so simple that I have now changed my flights, to the same flights, and saved a nice pile of Delta points (This is similar to Chris’ strategy for his fall trip he booked using Companion Certificate).
How many? 3000 per person or 6000 all-in for my wife and I after the third rebooking. Again, not a fortune in points but if I can pull this off maybe 2 or 3 more times before the trip the end result will be an award that went from OK value to good value to great value for my hard earned points for just a few clicks of my mouse.
Bottom line is check and check often and save SkyMiles whenever you can! – René
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