Don’t Be Fooled By This First Class Thanksgiving 2018 Sale

At first glance, you might think that you can redeem as few as 8,000 SkyMiles plus taxes and fees — or pay as little as $99.00 — for a seat in the first class cabin on Delta Air Lines for travel within the 48 contiguous United States for the Thanksgiving holiday between Saturday, November 17, 2018 and Saturday, November 24, 2018, by when all travel must be completed…

Don’t Be Fooled By This First Class Thanksgiving 2018 Sale

…but you must purchase your ticket and book your reservation no later than Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Award seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

Look closer and you will see the caveat: both the SkyMiles redemption and cash prices are each way; but a round-trip purchase of the ticket is required. This means that you can actually redeem as few as 16,000 SkyMiles plus taxes and fees — or pay as little as $198.00 — round trip for a seat in the first class cabin on Delta Air Lines for the aforementioned travel.

You must purchase your tickets at least 21 days in advance and stay a minimum of three nights and a maximum of 30 days.

Blackout Dates

Promotional pricing is currently not available on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 and on the following dates with regards to:

  • Fare availability between:
    • Atlanta and Charleston — November 18, 2018, November 20, 2018
    • Atlanta and Des Moines — November 20, 2018, November 24, 2018
    • Atlanta and Memphis — November 20, 2018
    • Boston and Buffalo — November 24, 2018
    • Charlotte and Detroit — November 20, 2018
    • Columbus and Detroit — November 24, 2018
    • Des Moines and Detroit — November 20, 2018
    • Detroit and Huntsville — November 20, 2018
    • Detroit and Indianapolis — November 17, 2018
    • Detroit and Philadelphia — November 20, 2018, November 22, 2018
    • Indianapolis and Minneapolis — November 20, 2018
    • New York-LaGuardia and Syracuse — November 24, 2018
    • Portland and Seattle — November 23, 2018
    • Phoenix and Salt Lake City — November 19, 2018
    • Reno and Salt Lake City — November 22, 2018
  • SkyMiles award availability between:
    • Atlanta and Charleston — November 20, 2018
    • Atlanta and Des Moines — November 24, 2018
    • Charlotte and Detroit — November 20, 2018
    • Detroit and Greensboro — November 20, 2018
    • Detroit and Philadelphia — November 20, 2018
    • New York-LaGuardia and Syracuse — November 24, 2018
    • Portland and Seattle — November 23, 2018
    • Phoenix and Salt Lake City — November 19, 2018

Cancellations, Refunds, Changes and Transfers

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

Fees may apply for downgrades or reissued tickets and itinerary changes.

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

This offer cannot be transferred.

Many other terms and conditions — including the costs of taxes and baggage charges — apply to each offer. Be sure to review them prior to redeeming your SkyMiles for your flight reservations.

Summary

The cash and SkyMiles redemption rates for this promotion may be considered reasonable or good — especially considering that they are in effect for the most part around the Thanksgiving holiday — but many of the flights are short-haul flights with which I would only consider traveling in the premium class cabin if I was upgraded free of charge. Although you may get a more spacious seat with a pre-flight beverage and an extra snack or two from the snack basket, I do not get much value out of flying as a passenger in the premium class cabin between New York and Syracuse or Atlanta and Gulfport, in my opinion. On most of the flights listed, you certainly will not dine on a meal.

Delta Air Lines has offered some very good to excellent promotions lately; but this is not one of them, in my opinion. I have staunchly opined publicly for years that airfares should not be advertised in this manner. If an airline wants to advertise airfares one way, that should only be if the customer can purchase the ticket for a flight one way — not be based on the purchase of a round-trip itinerary, which is required for this particular sale.

I am not saying that getting a good deal out of this sale is impossible. All I am saying is ensure that the deal is of enough value to you prior to purchasing your ticket.

Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Don’t Be Fooled By This First Class Thanksgiving 2018 Sale”

  1. Gene says:

    @ Brian — You must be not very large. I am 6 ft 2 and would pay these prices any day to escape economy.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are correct, Gene — I am not as tall as you; and I definitely get your point. We all value things differently…

      …but the main point of the article is when airfares are advertised each way based on a required round-trip purchase, I find that initially misleading.

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