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Delta domestic economy and Delta Comfort+ award tickets are on sale for as little as 5,000 miles one way.

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Conditions of the Sale

  • Must book award within the next week (by July 18, 2016)
  • Valid travel dates: on or after August 23, 2016 through February 10, 2017
  • Must book award at least 21 days ahead of travel time
  • Blackout dates

Listed below are some (but not all) examples of fares on sale:

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Discounted Award Price Might Apply for Travel Before August 23

I searched for Atlanta to Chicago and found the sale price widely available in economy and Comfort+; interestingly the sale price is available even before the date the sale begins:

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Delta claims the awards that are on sale are for travel beginning August 23, 2016 but all the routes I checked have discounted prices beginning August 1 (21 days out from today). Here is Austin to Los Angeles…

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….and Charleston, SC to New York City.

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The end travel date Delta claims the sale lasts through does appear to be correct. I looked up the prices of the awards above through February and all of the discounted award prices end February 10, 2017.

Is This Delta Sale a Good Deal?

On the Charleston to New York route the sale price of 7,500 miles is a 5,000 mile discount in economy on the price before Delta deleted its award charts. Comfort+ is new since the deleted award charts, so I don’t know how much of a discount this is.

By the way, Comfort+ is economy with a little extra legroom and a few more perks.

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I value Delta miles at 1.3 cents each, far below its competitors because Delta award space isn’t great, its partners aren’t as useful as most programs’, and it collects fuel surcharges on many awards.

At such a low valuation, domestic economy awards can be a good use of miles, but before booking, look up the price of the cash flight. Remember that 7,500 mile award from Charleston to New York City? That same cash flight is $147.

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That means you’d get about 1.96 cents of value for your 7,500 SkyMiles if you booked the award. In in this  case, I would book the discounted award fare.

Run your own numbers by looking up the cash ticket price and dividing that number by the amount of miles you would use for the award. If you get an amount lower than .013 (1.3 cents per mile– or whatever you value Delta miles at), then I’d book this as a cash ticket. (Or better yet with the $250 Air Travel Credit on your Citi Prestige.)

Bottom Line

Delta is offering discounted economy and Comfort+ awards on 8,000+ domestic routes. Book by July 18 and fly late summer 2016 through mid February 2017.  Just make sure to compare the cost of a cash flight before jumping on the sale.

Read the offer’s full terms and conditions here.

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The Citi Prestige® Card  is one of the best cards on the market. I change my rankings of the top credit cards monthly, but the Prestige has remained at the beginning/towards the beginning of the list for a while now.

It’s got an impressive array of benefits that easily outweigh the hefty annual fee–you can read my review of the Citi Prestige Card to learn more. One of it’s most touted benefits is getting your fourth hotel night free when you book a four night stay and pay for it with the card. All you have to do is call the Citi Prestige Concierge service (1-561-922-0158) to book it for you.

Getting your Fourth AND Fifth Night Free

But what about stacking promotions? It’s common for hotels to run promotions with a third, fourth, or fifth night free (etc.), so could you hypothetically book a hotel running a promotion of this type with the Prestige and still get the fourth night free? 

One Mile at a Time just proved that it’s not hypothetical– you can actually stack a fifth free hotel night promotion with the fourth night free benefit to get two nights out of a five night stay for free.

The key is that you have to find a hotel running a fifth night free promotion, and that you will be billed in a way that shows a full rate for the first four nights and the fifth night as costing $0 (instead of five nights averaged down to the cost of four). To check this, you have to follow the reservation past the front-end advertisement– often times there it looks like it’s priced per night– and go through all the steps of booking you can without actually paying for it. You should be able to see the itemized pricing in the final steps.

Example of When Stacking Works

I found a fifth night free promotion at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa, and Casino by doing a simple search of “fifth night free hotel night promotions”.

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I selected the Garden View room with a king bed, and took me to the following page to process payment info. There was a summary of charges listed as well, which is what we want to see.

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The first four nights each have a fill rate price $360 and the fifth night costs $0, not $288 per night like the averaged advertisement read. This is the way it needs to price out in order to get the fourth and fifth night free. By booking this reservation with your Prestige, you’d save not only $360 from the hotel promotion, but an additional $382.50 for the total cost of the fourth night ($360 + 1/5 of the taxes & fees) from the fourth night free benefit. You could stay five nights at this lovely property for only $1,420.60!

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa, and Casino

That’s a total savings of $742.50, about a 35% discount!

When Stacking Probably Won’t Work

Unfortunately, you probably won’t be eligible for the Prestige‘s fourth night free benefit if the hotel promotion you’re trying to stack it with is also a fourth night free promotion– since the hotel’s wording actually says “fourth night free”. One Mile at a Time tried it out, and two Prestige Concierges that he spoke with didn’t think you could still get the fourth night free in that case, even if the line item pricing of the room rate was averaged down to show a cost for each of the four nights.

What Hotels Does the Prestige‘s Fourth Night Free Benefit Apply to?

I checked in the benefits section of my own Prestige account to nail down exactly what hotels this benefit applies for, and the most specific information there was the following: Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 12.04.59 PM

Pretty much, the fourth night free benefit can apply to any publicly available rate.

Bottom Line

You can get the fourth and fifth nights of your hotel reservation for free by combining a hotel’s fifth night free promotion with the Citi Prestige® Card‘s fourth night free benefit, as long as the hotel prices the reservation in a way that Citi sees four nights charged at a full rate. It’s a truism of miles, points, and rewards that outsized value does not last forever, and this is some seriously outsized value, so take advantage while you can to save thousands of dollars.

Citi Prestige® Card with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.

  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year
  • Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
  • Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
  • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
  • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases

Application Link: Citi Prestige® Card

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Delta domestic economy and Delta Comfort+ award tickets are on sale for as little as 5,500 miles one way.

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I searched for Columbus to Los Angeles and found the sale price widely available in economy and Comfort+; interestingly the sale price was available on nonstop and connecting routes.

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On the Columbus to Los Angeles route this represents a 1,500 discount in economy over the price before Delta deleted its award charts. Comfort+ is new since the deleted award charts, so I don’t know how much of a discount this is.

By the way, Comfort+ is economy with a little extra legroom and a few more perks.

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Is This Delta Sale a Good Deal?

I value Delta miles at 1.3 cents each, far below its competitors because Delta award space isn’t great, its partners aren’t as useful as most programs’, and it collects fuel surcharges on many awards.

At such a low valuation, domestic economy awards can be a good use of miles, but before booking, look up the price of the cash flight. Remember that 11,000 mile award from Columbus to LAX? That same cash flight is $123.

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That means you’d only get about 1.1 cents of value for your 11,000 SkyMiles if you booked the award. No thanks. I’d book this as a cash ticket. (Or better yet with the $250 Air Travel Credit on my Citi Prestige.)

Bottom Line

Delta is offering discounted economy and Comfort+ awards on 8,000+ domestic routes. Book by June 7 and fly late summer and early fall.

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Delta is offering discounted flat bed Business Class awards to Europe this summer on select routes. The East Coast and Midwest routes are 105,000 miles + taxes roundtrip. The West Coast routes are 115,000 miles + taxes roundtrip. The normal price is 125,000 miles roundtrip (although I am basing “normal” on the old Delta award charts. Delta deleted all of its award charts in February 2015.)

You have to book by Thursday (April 21) and fly June 3 to October 29, 2016 on select routes while contending with blackout dates.

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I ran searches of a few of the routes with these settings: a summer departure date, a trip length of 15 days, 1 passenger, roundtrip, Business Class.

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The five week calendars showed some dates at the lowest price advertised and some other dates close to that price. Here is Atlanta to Frankfurt.
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Here is Detroit to Paris.
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Bottom Line

If you have Delta miles to burn, this is an excellent sale: flat beds to Europe over the heart of summer for 105,000 miles roundtrip. American Airlines charges 115,000 miles roundtrip, and United charges 115,000 to 140,000 miles roundtrip, and I even think those are good deals.

Check out all the terms and conditions here.

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American Airlines offers discounted MileSAAver awards within the United States and Canada to select cardholders, including people with the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® and the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard®.

With all of those cards, you can book one way awards within the USA and Canada for as little as 6,500 miles for flights less than 500 miles flown or 8,750 miles one way for longer flights.

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Every two months, American Airlines publishes a list of new destinations in the United States and Canada eligible for discounted awards. The current list covers awards that must be booked by May 31, 2015 for travel by July 31, 2015.

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Award travel must originate somewhere in the continental United States or Canada and must go to a city on the very long destination list. Awards can be booked one way for 8,750 miles in economy or 21,250 miles in First Class. Roundtrip awards are double those prices.

You have to call American Airlines at 800-882-8880 to book the discounted awards. Luckily American Airlines just eliminated the phone booking fee for awards that can’t be booked online!

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Here is the full list of discounted destinations for April through July. Not all destinations are discounted each month. For instance, Calgary is only discounted in April and May while Burbank is discounted all four months.

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How Good Are These Awards?

Let’s say you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®.

You decide to go from New York to Burbank (the most convenient airport to Hollywood) with your miles.

You pick out your American Airlines-operated flights with MileSAAver space.

At this point, you do NOT complete the purchase. Purchasing online will cost 25,000 miles. You have to call in to get your discount: 800-882-8880.

You book the roundtrip for 17,500 miles and $11.20. You use about 1/3 of the 50,000 mile bonus you got from the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®.

United and Delta charge at least 25,000 miles roundtrip for domestic awards.

Short Haul Example

During the March 22 American Airlines Devaluation, there were some silver linings. One is that domestic awards under 500 miles cost only 7,500 AA miles one way. If you fly such an award to a discounted city, you get 1,000 miles off per direction, bringing the price to 6,500 American Airlines miles. If you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®, you get a 10% rebate on redemptions, bringing the net price to 5,850 AA miles one way. The same flights would be 7,500 Avios or 12,500 United or Delta miles.

Bottom Line

Discounted domestic and Canada MileSAAver awards open to American Airlines credit card holders are a fantastic deal.

If you need to book a domestic award, see make sure to check what destinations are discounted. If your destination is on the very long list, you can save big miles.

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American Airlines offers discounted MileSAAver awards within the United States and Canada to select cardholders.

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

Both the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® and the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® are on the list of cards that offer a 7,500 mile discount roundtrip.

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Every two months, American Airlines publishes a list of new destinations in the United States and Canada eligible for discounted awards. The current list covers awards that must be booked by March 31, 2016 for travel by May 31, 2016.

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Award travel must originate somewhere in the continental United States or Canada and must go to a city on the very long destination list. Awards can be booked one way for 8,750 miles in economy or 21,250 miles in First Class. Roundtrip awards are double those prices.

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You have to call American Airlines at 800-882-8880 to book the discounted awards. Luckily American Airlines just eliminated the phone booking fee for awards that can’t be booked online!

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Here is the full list of discounted destinations for February through May. Not all destinations are discounted each month. For instance, New Orleans is only discounted in February, March, and May while Pittsburgh is discounted in February and April.

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How Good Are These Awards?

Let’s say you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®.

You decide to go from Los Angeles to New Orleans with your miles. You find ample award space with a search on aa.com.

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You pick out your American Airlines-operated flights with MileSAAver space.

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At this point, you do NOT complete the purchase. Purchasing online will cost 25,000 miles. You have to call in to get your discount: 800-882-8880.

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You book the roundtrip for 17,500 miles and $11.20. You use about 1/3 of the 50,000 mile bonus you got from the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®.

But it gets better.

  • Because you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®, you get an automatic 10% rebate on the award that is deposited into your account in a few weeks. That makes the net cost only 15,750 miles for a roundtrip (or 7,875 miles one way) that would cost hundreds of dollars.
  • Because you have the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®, you get a free checked bag in both directions, saving you $50 roundtrip.

United and Delta charge at least 25,000 miles roundtrip for domestic awards.

Bottom Line

Discounted domestic and Canada MileSAAver awards open to American Airlines credit card holders are a fantastic deal.

If you need to book a domestic award, make sure to check what destinations are discounted. If your destination is on the very long list, you can save big miles.

Some credit card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

Key Links

  • Here is the full list of discounted destinations for February through May
  • The personal American Airlines credit card is offering 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months.
  • The business American Airlines credit card is offering another 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months
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Earn 60,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $5,000 in the first three months on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®. Plus get American Airlines lounge access for you and guests. My full review of the card.

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United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked to Hawaii by November 5, 2015 and flown October 19, 2015 to March 3, 2016. The total cost of a roundtrip is 36,000 miles during the sale. There are blackout dates from November 20, 2015 to December 3, 2015 and December 16, 2015, to January 5, 2016.

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Don’t Book This Promotion

If you have United miles, this may be a good deal. If you have Ultimate Rewards, do not transfer them to United miles to book this deal. You can always book roundtrip Saver award space on United to Hawaii for 35,000 Singapore miles, which is a transfer partner of Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points, and Starpoints.

How the Promotion Works If You Have United Miles

The promotion is hard-coded into the search results at united.com, so as long as you search roundtrip for travel dates before March 3, excluding blackouts, prices will display 20% off–18,000 miles each way.

(All images in this post are from previous nearly identical sales. Ignore the dates.)

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You might want to search for award space on the old united.com, which you can still access with this trick, because it is far better for award searches.

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United flies to the four major Hawaiian islands daily. Atlanta to Maui priced out at 36,000 miles + $11 roundtrip, 20% off the normal 45,000 mile price.

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FAQ

Does this discount apply to one way awards?

No. If you search one way, you will see the normal one way Saver price of 22,500 miles.

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What if only one date of a roundtrip is within the discounted date range or I choose one way in First Class?

You will get the discount on one way if one way of a roundtrip is within the discounted date range.

Here is Denver to Kauai with one way in the discounted dates and the return not. It prices at 40,500 miles roundtrip–18,000 for outbound and 22,500 for return.

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Full terms and conditions:

  1. Saver Award discount is only valid for air travel. Promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on November 5, 2015.
  2. Offer is valid for travel beginning on or after October 19, 2015, and completed on or before March 3, 2016.
  3. Blackout dates: November 20, 2015, through December 3, 2015; and December 16, 2015, through January 5, 2016.
  4. Discounted Saver Award is only valid for roundtrip travel between the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) or Canada and Hawaii.
  5. Discounted Saver Award is only valid for roundtrip travel in United Economy. One-way travel is still priced as a regular, non-discounted Saver Award.
  6. The discounted Saver Award is combinable with other award types as long as the itinerary is roundtrip (e.g., a member can book a Standard Award for the outbound portion of an itinerary and a Saver Award for the return portion, or vice versa) but only the flight segments purchased with a Saver Award will be eligible for a discount.
  7. For this offer, “roundtrip” is defined as travel from an origin city to a destination city with return travel ending at the origin city, and with all segments on flights operated by United Airlines. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Open-jaw itineraries within the same region do qualify for the discount. Stopovers do not qualify for this offer. A booking service charge may apply for travel booked less than 21 days before departure.
  8. The discounted Saver Award is available to all MileagePlus members.
  9. Award pricing is subject to change without notice.
  10. Qualifying existing award tickets may be reissued, upon request, to the award sale mileage. They are subject to the award change policy, including any applicable service fees.
  11. Passenger is responsible for all taxes, fees, baggage fees and surcharges applicable to award travel, including, with respect to government-imposed taxes and fees, passenger facility charges (PFCs) of up to $18.00 per roundtrip; September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per one-way trip that does not include a government-defined stopover, for awards for air transportation originating at an airport in the U.S.; U.S. segment tax of $4.00 for each domestic segment (take-off and landing); U.S. excise tax of $17.70 for each international arrival and departure in the U.S.; U.S. inspection fees of up to $17.50 for each arrival in the U.S.; and non-U.S. government ticket taxes, fees and airport charges may add up to $275 per ticket as of January 1, 2015. Such taxes, fees and surcharges must be paid at the time of ticketing and are subject to change. Any valid unused award ticket may be returned to the MileagePlus Service Center, for a service charge, up to one year from the date of issue. Award seats are subject to availability and capacity-control restrictions apply. For more information on MileagePlus award travel visit united.com/awards. Travel on award tickets is not eligible for mileage accrual in United MileagePlus or any other loyalty program.
  12. This offer is not combinable with other offers.
  13. Changes to travel itineraries are permitted in advance. Changes may be subject to additional service fees of up to $200 per ticket (based on account status at the time when the miles were redeemed).
  14. If a wholly unused ticket is exchanged for travel outside of the promotion period or travel that does not otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of this promotion, the mileage will be credited back into the member’s account, subject to an applicable service charge, and a new ticket will be issued at the mileage redemption rate commensurate with the new award.
  15. If the value of a partially used ticket is applied to travel outside of the promotion period, the traveler must purchase a new one-way ticket or redeem a new one-way award at the applicable mileage-redemption rate. The unused return portion of the ticket is not valid for travel and cannot be credited back into the member’s account.
  16. Redemption of additional award miles may be required if any portion of the itinerary is outside of the promotion period or does not otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of this promotion.
  17. This offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

Hat Tip Dans Deals

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Update: I booked myself a room. You have to check out with MasterPass. This only added a few seconds to checkout. I selected Citi as an option from the MasterPass menu and signed in with my Citi account details. I enrolled in MasterPass and added my Citi cards in a few clicks. Then I checked out and got confirmation for a $17 one night stay in Lima that I’ll use when I take a 23 hour layover there this month.

Orbitz is offering $100 off hotel bookings that are at least $100 pre-tax for stays before September 30, 2015.

This is only good for last minute travel, since you need to stay in the next 12 days. Also, not all properties are eligible for the promotion.

To get your $100 off, enter promo code MASTERPASS during searching on orbitz.com.

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Make sure the pre-tax cost is $100 or more. I found a hotel that cost $104 per night pre-tax. After the promotion, the total price is $16.45.Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 7.34.46 AMMy spidey sense is tingling that this promotion should not be open to everyone and that Orbitz will shut this deal down in the next few hours or minutes. If you want in, book now. I suspect this offer is for such a limited time, that I will tweet it out on my @MileValueAlerts account, which is designed to text out limited time deals like mistake fares.

Hat Tip Frequent Miler

 

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Through October 15, 2015, Avianca LifeMiles has discounted certain awards including intra-United States, United States to Europe, and United States to Brazil.

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Combined with the sale on LifeMiles through October 8, there are some great opportunities to purchase discounted Business Class flights.

We can combine these promotions to book one way Business Class tickets to Europe for $740 and to Brazil for $600. Read this post carefully and completely to understand that process and the caveats.

The discounted awards are all listed here. The unusual thing about this award sale is that it invents new regions for the LifeMiles award chart. Normally, the continental United States is one region and all of Europe is another region. For this sale, the continental United States is broken into three regions and Europe into three regions. (North, Central, and South Asia are also halved, but I won’t be talking about those awards.)

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As a side note, LifeMiles must have some very interesting maps that put the UK and Russia in the same region, but not Switzerland with Germany, France, or Italy.

Here are the deals from the United States. These are roundtrip prices, and you can book one way awards for half the roundtrip price.

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At 1.4 cents per mile, the cheapest you can buy LifeMiles during the current award sale, these are the prices to buy a one way trip in economy/Business:

  • Within US1, US2, or US3: $111/$216 all in
  • Within continental United States (including flat bed from Newark to California): $146/$286 all in
  • US1 to Europe1: $350/$735 + taxes
  • US1 to Europe2: $385/$805 + taxes
  • US2 to Brazil: $350/$595 + taxes
  • US3 to Brazil: $385/$665 + taxes

Taxes to Brazil are under $100 roundtrip. Taxes to Europe vary from $50 to $300 roundtrip depending on the city of departure and sometimes the cabin of departure.

The prices from the United States to Europe are absolute steals during the current mileage sale and award price sale! You can book a roundtrip from US1 to Europe1 in Business Class including all taxes for under $1,600.

From the United States to Brazil, the deals are even better. From US2 to Brazil is under $1,300 in Business Class roundtrip including all taxes.

I tested out a few bookings to test what travel dates are available, whether the standard More Miles/More Money options are available, and whether one ways can be booked for half the price of a roundtrip.

I found that as long as you book by October 15, you can book up to 11 months in advance, during booking you can buy miles you don’t have for 1.5 cents each, and you can book one ways for half the price of roundtrips.

Example Awards

Here is a roundtrip from Washington-Dulles to Stockholm for 105,000 miles roundtrip in Business Class.

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Or you can Buy Miles during the award booking for 1.5 cents each and pay with as little as 40% of the miles price.Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 10.05.33 AM

LifeMiles awards, whether one way or roundtrip, have a $25 booking fee (though no close in ticketing fee), so this award is 105,000 miles + $100 or 44,000 miles + $1,015.
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Caveats

There are a lot of caveats when using LifeMiles. Read these two posts before trying to get in on the deal in this post:

  1. How to Consistently Buy Business Class Tickets to Europe for about $1,000 lists the caveats
  2. Anatomy of an Award: Using LifeMiles to Buy Business Class Ticket Between US and Europe for $1,040 gives a complete example of booking a LifeMiles award with purchased miles to show the steps

If you understand the caveats and process and still want to get in on this deal, then go for it!

Bottom Line

This LifeMiles award sale for bookings made by October 15 for travel up to 11 months in the future sweetens the current LifeMiles Buy Miles deal. While I still generally prefer to get miles from credit card sign up bonuses, you can’t ignore these two promotions that combine to allow $572 roundtrips in flat beds between California and Newark, $1,600 roundtrips in Business Class to Europe, and $1,300 roundtrips in Business Class to Brazil.

Hat Tip Mommy Points

 

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Update 8/20/15: Delta now advertises this fare sale and says the deals must be booked by tomorrow August 21, 2015.

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This page also lists some of the fare sale city pairs, though definitely not all.

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Yesterday, Delta started selling awards to Europe for 21,000 miles each way in economy and 43,500 miles each way in Business Class. These are huge discounts off the “normal” price of 30,000 miles each way in economy and 62,500 miles each way in Business Class. (Though “normal” is tough to say since Delta deleted its award charts.)

At the time, the awards were only open to Delta elites and credit card holders. Now these discounted awards are bookable by everyone.

I did a lot of searching this morning, and I think I’ve sussed out the rules for these discounted awards to Europe.

  • Who can book the awards?
  • Where can you book from?
  • Where can you book to?
  • Which partners can be booked at discounted rates?
  • What dates are discounted?

Now Open to Everyone

Yesterday Delta said that elites and credit card holders were getting a one day pre-sale. That pre-sale has ended, and everyone can access the discounted awards in this post without even signing in to delta.com.

Discounted Region

The only discounted awards I see are to Europe. It would be nice if other regions were included in this deal! Let’s see if Delta adds other regions.

Discounted Routes & Partners

Yesterday, screen shots of discounted partner awards (flying KLM and Virgin Atlantic) surfaced. I cannot recreate those today. In fact, I found no discounted partner awards in my many searches. Please leave a comment if you can find a discounted partner award today. Until we find a discounted partner route today, it looks like the sale is for Delta-operated flights only.

Not all Delta flights/routes can be booked for the discounted prices. I’ll give a lot of examples of discounted routes in this post, but let me first give some routes on which I found no discounts:

  • New York to Madrid
  • Atlanta to Madrid
  • New York to Rome
  • New York to Nice, France
  • New York to Barcelona
  • Los Angeles to London

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The warm-weather lover in me notes that, other than Los Angeles to London, those destinations are in Southern Europe, which would be the most pleasant place to visit during this Fall and Winter sale.

If the route you want to fly isn’t mentioned in the excluded or included section, a search will quickly reveal if it has discounted award space.

Let us know the excluded/included routes you find in the comments.

Discounted Dates

Across all the routes I searched, the discounted awards all fall between October 20, 2015 and February 29, 2016.

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Let me know if you see discounted awards outside those dates in the comments.

Discounted Prices

If you fly all Delta flights during the discounted dates on included routes, you can get the following award prices:

  • From the Eastern and Central time zones plus Alaska to Europe for 21,000 SkyMiles each way in economy
  • From the Eastern and Central time zones plus Alaska to Europe for 43,500 SkyMiles each way in Business Class
  • From the Mountain and Pacific time zones plus Hawaii to Europe for 24,000 SkyMiles each way in economy
  • From the Mountain and Pacific time zones plus Hawaii to Europe for 50,000 SkyMiles each way in Business Class

I am not 100% sure that the break down is by time zone, but all the examples I found fit that pattern. If you find a discount that doesn’t fit that pattern, leave it in the comments, and maybe we can improve our understanding of the pricing.

Other Notes On Pricing

These awards are available one way. Roundtrip awards cost double. Mixing a discounted award with a partner award leads to the price you would expect. For instance, here is New York to Paris roundtrip in Business Class. One way is at the discounted price on Delta flights (43.5k) and the other is on a partner (62.5k). The total price is the sum: 106k.

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Delta awards originating in Europe, whether one way or roundtrip, include fuel surcharges. Here is Paris to New York for 43,500 SkyMiles + $335 in Business Class.

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Examples

Here are the screenshots from which I drew the above conclusions.

Atlanta to Amsterdam for 21k/43.5k

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Detroit to London for 21k/43.5kScreen Shot 2015-08-11 at 11.25.05 AM

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Charlottesville, Virginia to London for 21k/43.5kScreen Shot 2015-08-11 at 11.25.35 AM

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Los Angeles to London for 30k/62.5k

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Update 8/11/15: The deal is now open to everyone. I have uncovered many of its secret rules.

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Delta Points got the following statement:

“There is a transatlantic fare sale going with a one day presale for Medallion/cobrand. It will be open to all as of tomorrow.”

So credit card holders and elites could book August 10, and everyone can book August 11. I’ll update when I can book the awards. I’d love more details on what the restrictions on the cheaper awards are.

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Delta Points reports seeing Delta awards from the United States to Europe for 21,000 SkyMiles one way. The normal minimum price is 30,000 miles each way.

He also reports Business Class awards on Delta, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic for 53,000 SkyMiles one way. The normal minimum price is 62,500 miles one way.

Then FlyerTalker “steveholt” found 87,000 mile roundtrips from New York-JFK to London in Business Class for the week of Thanksgiving. Delta Points found Newark to Amsterdam for the same price.

Unfortunately I can’t pull up any of these deals. Searching the same routes and dates brings up only 30,000 and 62,500 mile awards for me.

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My Atlanta to Amsterdam Search Results

The working theory is that the discounted awards are only available to Delta elites who sign into their accounts before searching. I do not have Delta elite status. If you have Delta elite status, post your search results in the comments that are cheaper than Delta’s former award chart.

For now this sale is unconfirmed by Delta, so it is a possible glitch. I don’t think it is a glitch though. I think it is a step toward revenue-based pricing of awards. Many of the cheap awards found are at particularly cheap times to travel–for instance those 87,000 mile awards are in Business Class over Thanksgiving, which is a famously cheap cash ticket.

We will see if Delta gives us more details about which routes and dates are available for discounts or whether Delta says nothing. The latter is a strong possibility because one effect of not having an award chart is that you don’t need to explain price increases or sales. There are neither since there is no award chart as a basis for comparison.

 

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Updated July 4, 2015 because this deal is still alive, and I love reading the full Economist print edition online each week for free.

Updated August 14, 2014 because my miles were credited to my account several weeks ago, and I just got my free magazine and newspaper subscriptions today! The updates will appear throughout this post.

Complain about any airline in less than 140 characters to earn 8,000 Spirit miles, which are enough for several magazines or three free flights for some people.

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This is a three-step process that takes just a few minutes. I have gone through the process and now have free subscriptions to The Economist, Entrepreneur, and the Wall Street Journal.

  • What are the three steps?
  • What are the possible ways to redeem 8,000 Spirit miles?

1. Sign up for a Free Spirit account.

It takes a few minutes to sign up for Spirit’s loyalty program.

2. Leave a 140 character complaint.

I left a complaint about a Spirit flight from several years ago. Here’s the complaint site.

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The site says you’ll get the miles within 10 days. I got mine 11 days after my complaint.

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The Terms & Coniditions say that the promotion say that the promotion “will end” on July 31, 2014 unless extended by Spirit. Since the site is still up, I assume the promotion has been extended. You may not get your miles, but in that case you’ve only lost a few seconds.

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3. Redeem the Miles.

Magazines

I recommend redeeming your 8,000 miles for magazines. Here is the magazine redemption page.

I redeemed for:

  • The Economist: 51* issues for 2,600 miles
  • Entrepreneur: 12 issues for 900 miles
  • The Wall Street Journal: 228 issues for 4,100 Miles

I had a few hiccups.

First, I kept getting an error message in my Firefox browser after making my selections and typing in my address that I had to go back and make new selections. I switched to Safari, and the order went through.

Second, The Economist was listed at two prices for 51 issue subscriptions, so I chose the cheaper one.

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My confirmation screen said that I had just redeemed for digital access only.

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My confirmation email confirms the 51 issues. We’ll see what I end up getting, but I’m OK with just digital access.

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Flights

You can also redeem the miles for flights, but the Spirit program is terrible if you don’t have the Spirit Airlines World MasterCard.

Spirit miles expire after 90 days if you don’t have and use the Spirit credit card every month. Awards start at 2,500 miles one way for Spirit credit card holders or 10,000 miles one way for non cardholders. Here is the chart and legend:

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The Spirit card might be worth getting if it weren’t so terrible on its own:

  • 15,000 bonus miles after you make a purchase within 90 days of account opening with the World MasterCard® credit card – enough for up to 3 roundtrip off-peak tickets with taxes and fees from $5.00 per award
  • Earn 2 miles for every dollar you spend on purchases with the World MasterCard credit card
  • Earn 5,000 anniversary bonus FREE SPIRIT™ miles when you spend at least $10,000 in purchases annually and pay your annual fee
  • Enjoy Free FREE SPIRIT™ miles that don’t expire for active members (active members must use their Spirit Airlines MasterCard® credit card each month)
  • Start redeeming round-trip reward tickets at just 5,000 FREE SPIRIT™ miles with taxes and fees from $5.00 per award (redemptions levels start at 20,000 FREE SPIRIT™ miles for noncardholders)
  • Enjoy an Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year; a $59 fee will apply to World MasterCard® accounts thereafter

Bottom Line

Spending a few minutes to open a Spirit account and complain about any airline can get you several free magazine subscriptions or a few flights if you have a Spirit Airlines World MasterCard.

 

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Through Sunday July 5: Frontier is offering 21% off Summer and Fall travel. Fares start at $42 one way, but this is an even better deal for expensive roundtrips!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET (July 5) for domestic, nonstop travel on Tuesdays and Wednesday between August 25 and December 16. Blackout dates are November 24, 25, and December 1. That means you can fly a lot of dates around Thanksgiving.

Here is the sale page and restrictions. You can combine the 21% off with cheap fares like this list of $49 fares. If you do that, you’ll pay $42 one way because you only get 21% off the base fare, and taxes make up a significant portion of cheap flights.

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A better bet is to book a more expensive roundtrip, so 21% off is more dollars saved. This trip to Austin is almost $50 off, and you can surely find bigger savings.

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Fees

Frontier now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.

Seat selection costs $4+. They’ll assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. Checked bags cost $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 more each way and plan on checking a bag.

Even water costs money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.
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Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to actually pay cash for cheap, cash fares. The Citi Prestige® Card comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement, so you’ll get a completely free ticket. The Air Travel Credit will also offset seat selection, baggage, and food fees.

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Today only: Frontier is offering a fare sale for Summer and Fall travel. Fares start at $21 one way!

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (June 30) for domestic, nonstop travel on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays between August 22 and December 16. Blackout dates are November 19 to December 1.

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Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $21 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Cleveland
  • Atlanta and Cincinnati
  • Atlanta and Washington-Dulles
  • Chicago and Philadelphia
  • Chicago and Raleigh
  • Cincinnati and Washington-Dulles
  • Cleveland and Raleigh
  • Denver and Austin
  • Denver and Bozeman
  • Denver and Las Vegas
  • Denver and Kansas City
  • Denver and Phoenix
  • Denver and Salt Lake City
  • Philadelphia and Charlotte
  • Trenton and Charlotte
  • Trenton and Detroit

There are also many $29, $39, and higher fares, sorted by city.

I had no trouble pricing out Trenton to Charlotte for $21 in September.

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Fees

Frontier now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.

Seat selection costs $4+. They’ll assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. Checked bags cost $20+ and carry ons cost $30+, so I would think of these fares as costing $20 more each way and plan on checking a bag.

Even water costs money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.
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Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to actually pay cash for cheap, cash fares. The Citi Prestige® Card comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement, so you’ll get a completely free ticket. The Air Travel Credit will also offset seat selection, baggage, and food fees.

 

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Update 6/30 at 1 PM ET: Stack this sale with the promo code 24OFF.

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Through today June 30, Spirit is selling tickets for July and August starting at $23.10 one way for members of its “$9 Fare Club” and $34.10 one way for non-members. (More info on the $9 Fare Club below.)

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The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (June 30) for travel on different dates specified by each sale route.

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Here is the sale page and restrictions. I see $23/$34 fares between:

  • Atlanta and Orlando
  • Atlanta and Tampa
  • Atlantic City, NJ to Boston
  • Charleston, WV and Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Chicago and Latrobe, PA
  • Chicago and Minneapolis
  • Cleveland and Boston
  • Cleveland and Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Dallas/Fort Worth and Kansas City, MO
  • Dallas/Fort Worth and New Orleans
  • Denver and Phoenix
  • Denver and Las Vegas
  • Fort Lauderdale and Tampa
  • Fort Lauderdale and Orlando
  • Houston and Kansas City, MO
  • Houston and New Orleans
  • Las Vegas and Los Angeles

There are also many $38, $43, $48, and higher fares, sorted by city.

I had no trouble pricing out Cleveland to Boston on July 28 for $23/$34.

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$9 Fare Club

The $9 Fare Club offers $9 discounts on checked bags and carry ons, and during sales, discounts on airfare. During this sale, the discount on airfare is $5-$15 per one way, depending on the route.

Here is the FAQ of the $9 Fare Club.

Membership costs $60 for the first year and $70 per year thereafter.

If you fly Spirit four or more roundtrips per year, and you always carry at least one paid bag, you should definitely join the club. Otherwise probably not.

Fees

Spirit now follows the ultra-low-cost, fee-for-everything model.

Seat selection costs $1-$50, and more if you want a Big Front Seat, which has the size and legroom of domestic First Class without any of the benefits you normally get for sitting in First Class. Spirit will assign you a seat at check in for free, but you’ll probably get the worst one.

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Only a personal item is free to bring on board. For non-members of the $9 Fare Club, checked bags cost $32 and carry ons cost $35, so I would think of these fares as costing $32 more each way and plan on checking a bag. $9 Fare Club members get a $9-$11 discount on bags.

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All food and drinks cost money. Here’s the snack and drink menu.

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Even checking in at the airport will cost you $2.

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While some people get frustrated by all these fees, I don’t mind them at all. Spirit is super upfront about all the fees, and they’re simple enough to account for or avoid. I buy into Spirit’s marketing that it is fairer to have people pay for their options and NOT pay for they don’t use than have everyone buy a bundled fare with options they might not want.

Getting These Flights for Free

There’s no need to actually pay cash for cheap, cash fares. The Citi Prestige® Card comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement, so you’ll get a completely free ticket. The Air Travel Credit will also offset seat selection, baggage, and food fees.

 

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