Use airline miles for last minute travel


It’s often difficult to get good value from domestic award redemptions, especially with Delta. In the case of last minute, unexpected travel, though, your miles can be a life saver. Take this example, where I looked into flights from Detroit to Buffalo leaving tomorrow and returning the next day. The best non-stop fair available (on any airline) was $1,131 (after taxes):

By looking at award redemptions, however, I found that I could get the same flight for 25,000 miles and only $5 in taxes & fees:

If you have the miles available, and you need to make a flight like this, this is a great use of miles. Even buying miles from the airline (not usually a good deal) is worth considering in a situation like this.


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