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As Few as 5,000 Delta SkyMiles Round Trip to Alaska 2021 — But…

Redeem as few as 5,000 SkyMiles for round-trip flights on Delta Air Lines — plus taxes and fees — for travel seated in the economy class cabin on select routes between the continental United States and Alaska…

As Few as 5,000 Delta SkyMiles Round Trip to Alaska 2021 — But…

…but you must purchase your ticket and book your reservation by Monday, May 17, 2021 — and this offer appears to be valid as long as return flights are completed by Sunday, October 31, 2021. Award seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

As an example, you can redeem 5,000 SkyMiles for a round trip ticket departing from Seattle on Thursday, June 17, 2021 and returning from Anchorage on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Click on the chart for an enlarged view. Source: Delta Air Lines.

If you pay with cash instead, the same round trip ticket on the same dates will cost you $309.00.

Click on the chart for an enlarged view. Source: Delta Air Lines.

Sounds great for a summer trip to what is called the Last Frontier, right?

Not so fast…

…But Can You Rent a Vehicle While You Are in Alaska?

If you are seeking to rent a vehicle in either Fairbanks or Anchorage during the summer months, you are out of luck, as no vehicles are available at all from any rental car company.

Click on the screen shot for an enlarged view. Source: Turo.

You can rent a car from Turo — if you are willing to pay a total of $1,360.00 plus fees for a 2017 Kia Optima for a week, which is the least expensive of four options.

Click on the screen shot for an enlarged view. Source: Turo.

One of those fees which is not included in the total cost of $1,360.00 is $30.00 to have the car delivered to the international airport which serves the greater Anchorage metropolitan area.

The Alaska Railroad is certainly a viable option of transportation — as long as your destinations are within walking distance from the train stations; or unless reasonable taxi or ride-share options are available without a long wait of as much as two hours.

You can rent a vehicle in Juneau during the summer — if you are willing to pay at least $800.00 for a week and you have no desire to drive to most of the rest of the state of Alaska, which would require you to drive through Canada…

…and driving through Canada may not be possible at this time due to the restrictions at the border as a result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — and you must use an expensive ferry which incorporates dynamic pricing on the drive of almost 20 hours one way.

Select Terms and Conditions

Refunds are not permitted on tickets except in accordance with the cancellation policy of Delta Air Lines.

Changes to award tickets must occur at least 72 hours prior to the departure time of the flight being changed. Award tickets booked within 72 hours of departure are not refundable 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; and taxes and fees will apply. Voluntary changes to award tickets after this promotion has ended may result in an increase in the cost of SkyMiles.

Promotional redemption amounts are subject to availability and seats available at promotional award prices are limited.

This offer cannot be transferred.


Due to the aforementioned reasons cited in this article, I will likely — and sadly — pass on participating in what is otherwise what I consider to be a great promotion even though I have been to Alaska twice…

…but the good news is that rental cars are available at fairly reasonable rates in October for less than $300.00 for a week in Fairbanks and almost $400.00 for a week in Anchorage.

By the way, I have taken the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks — which in and of itself is a destination of sorts — and I would recommend the overall experience.

Photograph ©2010 by Brian Cohen.