Is Saving 5,000 SkyMiles on a Redemption to Florida Really Worth It?

“B ecause you’re a loyal Medallion member, we’d like to give you an exclusive two-day head start on Award Travel deals to exciting destinations in the sunshine state”, stated the e-mail message I received from Delta Air Lines yesterday. “Use miles and save with one-way Award Tickets starting at 10,000 miles* (plus $5.60 taxes and fees). Book at delta.com by January 23, 2015 and travel between February 12 and May 20, 2015.”

I have no desire to travel to Florida after what I experienced during the last year and change to which I opaquely referenced in this article

…but if I did want to travel to Florida, it would not be worth it to me primarily for the following reasons:

  • I could travel to South Florida for $198.20 if I purchase the dreaded Basic Economy airfare or $218.20 for a regular economy class airfare, which to me is not worth spending 20,000 SkyMiles
  • Now that the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program is now based on revenue and not distance flown, I am one of those customers whose SkyMiles will be significantly more difficult to accumulate, as I purchase low airfares for my trips for a variety of reasons; and an informative article was posted at FrequentMiler with details on the nuances of earning and redeeming SkyMiles
  • On some routes, flights to Florida are not necessarily non-stop, as demonstrated by René of Delta Points, who found one itinerary with two stops on his way from South Bend to Fort Myers
  • Not that this is necessarily a deal-breaker for me; but tickets require an advance purchase of 21 days

 

There is no minimum stay with this promotion, which applies to all eligible flights for seats located in the economy class section on aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines or carriers which operate as Delta Connection. Promotional redemption amounts are not available to any eligible markets from March 19, 2015 through April 12, 2015, which are blackout dates.

Other Selected Terms and Conditions

Tickets cost $25 more if issued by Delta over the phone, $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Tickets are not transferable. Promotional redemption amounts are subject to availability and seats available at promotional Award prices are limited. Pay with Miles tickets is not eligible for promotional redemption amounts. This offer is not transferable.

Eligibility: Sale is limited to basic Card Members who have a Gold, Platinum or Reserve Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express or have earned Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion status. Card Membership or Medallion status must be active at the time of booking and member must be logged into delta.com to receive promotional pricing. Valid only for Awards redeemed directly from eligible customer’s account.

Award Travel: Award Travel is subject to government-imposed taxes and fees and carrier-imposed charges, which are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Taxes/fees/carrier-imposed charges depend upon the itinerary, and are at least $5.60 one way for Economy Class (Coach) travel within the continental United States. Award Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta’s cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or see Award Travel Rules for details. Award Ticket changes must be made at least 72 hours prior to the departure time of the flight being changed. Award Tickets booked within 72 hours of departure are nonrefundable and cannot be redeposited or reissued unless prohibited by local law or within the risk-free cancellation period. No changes will be permitted to the originating flight of Award Tickets booked within 72 hours, however changes to the return are permitted if the return flight is not within 72 hours and the change is made at least 72 hours prior to flight departure. Fees apply for any changes. Taxes and fees will apply. Voluntary changes to Award Tickets after promotion has ended may result in an increase in mileage costs.

Taxes: Taxes shown are based on nonstop flights and accurate as of January 21, 2015. Changes in currency exchange rates or government-imposed fees may cause taxes to fluctuate.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Summary

If the cost of your ticket would potentially be expensive to you — and that is subjective — and if you are an eligible SkyMiles member who will generally earn more SkyMiles as a result of the aforementioned changes in the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program, then this promotion of saving 5,000 SkyMiles on an award redemption may be worth considering…

…especially if you want — or are required — to travel to Florida.

For me, I will pass on this offer…

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