(EXPIRED) Australia from 44K RT, peak summer dates (Delta economy)

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Delta is offering round trip flights from Washington, DC to Sydney, Australia from just 44K SkyMiles (+$113 in taxes) round trip, including peak summer travel dates in July and August. While this only yields a value around 1.5 cents compared to the best paid fares on other carriers, that isn’t a terrible value for SkyMiles. Note that I also saw some dates in the spring with flights to Brisbane for 44K round trip, so other Australian cities may also be possible.

Reflection Selfie with the Sydney Opera House

The Deal

  • Fly round trip from Washington, DC to Sydney, Australia from 44,000 SkyMiles (plus about $113 in taxes) in economy class

Quick Thoughts

Delta takes a lot of flak for not having an award chart anymore, and rightfully so. That can make it difficult to even know when you’re getting a deal for your SkyMiles. However, at 44,000 miles round trip, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better award price from any other program. There’s no doubt that this is a long way to fly in economy class, but if you are looking to spend as few miles as possible, 44K is about as low as it gets.

Furthermore, the value per SkyMile isn’t terrible. For example, here’s a look at July/August availability:

I pulled up paid fares from July 31st to August 7th as a point of comparison. As you can see below, paid fares at that time are running from $751 round trip.

If you subtract the $133.33 in taxes from those fares, 44K SkyMiles are saving you $637.37, a value of about 1.45 cents per point. That’s not bad for Delta SkyMiles.

View from the Wing points out that this means those who ordinarily earn their SkyMiles at a rate of 1 SkyMile per dollar spent on a Delta credit card are getting a poor deal for spending on said card compared to a cash back credit card. Of course, that’s true with every airline credit card, since we don’t value any airline miles at better than 2 cents. With so many transferable currency cards on the market, I would hope that most readers are only spending on a card that earns 1x airline miles if they value status benefits that can be earned based on spend on that particular card.

For those earning Delta miles at a rate of at least 1.5 per dollar spent (and there are a number of Membership Rewards cards that offer opportunities to earn at that rate or better, and Delta is an Amex transfer partner), getting 1.45 cents per point is like a return of 2.18%. That’s not a magical deal, but it means you’re getting enough out of your miles to beat out a no-fee 2% back card. And you’re getting to Australia. During the summer. Without a boatload of miles required.

Furthermore, it’s often possible to earn a welcome bonus worth more than the cost of these tickets with as little as $1,000 spend on some cards — again, a pretty good value compared to the required spend.

Of course, if you’re looking to fly in business class, prices are not good (starting at 240K round trip). But if you’re looking for economy class flights, this is a pretty good deal. Also keep in mind that other Australian cities may be possible — I found some spring dates to Brisbane, which is of course the tail end of Australian summer. It’s worth a look if you’re interested in other destinations in Australia as well.

H/T: OHTravelDad

Last updated on January 12th, 2019

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Virginia

This is not peak season – it’s winter down there!

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

Yes Peak Summer Dates Here not there . Like Oct.15 or so is Fine was in Brisbane then..

Nick
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Nick

It’s so sad when we think 1.5 cents is “pretty good value”

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

I would do Feb. in a second for 44K and Blow off BA till 2021 .I may look into a Card but dislike Delta service but LOVE Aus.
CHEERs

iahphx
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iahphx

The miles are really only worth significantly more than this when you use “phony math.” Like you redeem for the rare biz class seat where the published value is something crazy. But you’d never actually pay that crazy fare. So are the miles really worth that? In the real world, no.

If it normally costs 80,000 miles (or more!) for a standard award ticket to Australia, and you can now get it for 44,000, that seems likely to be a good redemption opportunity for many people.

Nick
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Nick

Business class awards are not that difficult to find on other carriers, Iv’e flown on UA, AirNZ & Qantas at peak times in business in the last 2 years. At 70k to 80K each way even if you only value them at what you would pay for premium economy (which I have before) thats still giving ~3 cents per point value, significantly more than 1.5 cents which is supposedly a good deal. 44k for a $640 flight is just not that good of a deal, for anyone. It’s mediocre at best.

Bill S
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I’d highlight the Feb fares and not the July fares. That would be more appealing. Also basic economy is definitely not for everyone.

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Adam Garrett

This flight would be above average for using Delta points, but especially nice for those needing Delta MQM’s for status using Amex business Platinum pay with points where you could get 20k MQM’s! For slightly less than 50k Amex points, or just over 50k Chase points with the Chase Sapphire Reserve pay with points, the following trip would be an excellent boost toward status with Delta.

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