(EXPIRED) Extended to 9/6: Amazing Delta vacation packages promo: get 2c per mile + earn miles

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Delta is offering an amazing promotion on Vacation Packages, giving you 2 cents per mile in value when booking vacation packages through Friday, August 30 September 6, 2019. That’s a great deal for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that you can often get a better deal on a vacation package than you can when booking the flight alone. You’ll also earn miles on these bookings as though they were paid tickets. If you can find a deal that works, this could be an epic SkyMiles redemption and may even be good enough to justify transferring Membership Rewards points.

The Deal

  • Delta is offering double the usual value for SkyMiles (i.e. get 2 cents per SkyMile) when using SkyMiles to pay for Delta Vacation Packages
  • Direct link to this promotion

Key Terms

  • Must book by Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11:59pm ET
  • Minimum 2-night hotel stay required.
  • Offer is redeemable up to 999,999 miles on flight and hotel packages to any Delta Vacations destination.
  • If you cancel your reservation, miles will not be redeposited into your SkyMiles account. The SkyMiles account holder will receive a Delta Vacations voucher for the value of the miles  at the time of they were applied to the booking as payment.
  • See full terms here

Quick Thoughts

First of all, if you’ll be transferring from Membership Rewards to Delta, remember that Amex charges a fee when transferring to US-based mileage programs.

That said, you wouldn’t be crazy for considering a transfer to Delta SkyMiles here. As Greg noted in this morning’s post on the Best ways to get to Hawaii from the US mainland, airline vacation packages can sometimes be cheaper than booking the flight alone — meaning that throwing away the hotel or car rental portion of the package might still save you money over booking the flight alone. Note that this deal requires a hotel booking for a minimum of 2 nights.

As an example, Greg took a look at Detroit to London from May 10-14, 2020. The best nonstop price per person for those dates is $2639 per person.

If you’re willing to make a few stops, the cheapest flights available right now are $1644 per person.

However, booking through Delta vacations, you can get that same trip for two people with hotel for $1,555.58 total. That’s $778 each. Or it’s bookable with 77,779 SkyMiles total.

You might be able to do even better by calling in and saying that you only need 2 nights of hotel. A phone agent should be able to help you book the hotel for just part of your trip, reducing the cost even further.

Furthermore, these flights will earn redeemable miles and MQMs for those chasing after Delta status. Unfortunately, these special deals are for non-published fares. That means that you can’t upgrade with miles or with global upgrade certs.

Deals abound to the various parts of the world where Delta flies and in different cabin classes, so it’s worth taking a look if you have Delta miles to burn.

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Chuck

Hey – Any chance you think we’ll see this again? I booked a great vacation during this and WOULD LOVE to take advantage of it again.

Chuck

Can also recommend the Palafitos for a great vacation

Quinn

I booked a vacation with this deal for travel this summer. It now looks like at least some of my flights have been canceled by the carrier(KLM in this instance). Does anyone know how refunds are handled? I know getting my miles redeposited is not likely. I really don’t want a voucher thought.

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dominick

Has anyone cancelled online? I was just able to and shows:
Payment Summary
Type Ends With Payment Date Amount
Visa 6236 8/30/19 $0.01
SkyMiles 9090 8/30/19 $2044.94 (102,247 SkyMiles)
Payment Total $2,044.95

The T&Cs show “***Miles used as payment are refunded as a voucher.”.

Hope this is in fact what happens!

Greg The Frequent Miler

Where did you find the option to cancel online? When I tried last week, I couldn’t find the option anywhere

Dominick

It was literally at the top right. I couldn’t see it but CTRL+F and it was right there. I was surprised I missed it too as it seemed obvious but only after I located it.

SuzyQ

Would adding a companion certificate to this deal work?

Greg The Frequent Miler

No, you can’t apply a companion certificate to a vacation package

G De

Greg, About the cancellation, as you mentioned it states “The SkyMiles account holder will receive a Delta Vacations voucher for the value of the miles at the time of they were applied to the booking as payment.”

For example, if I book using 50,000 SkyMiles worth $1000 and have to cancel for any reason, does that mean does it Certificate is still good for $1000 off?

Greg The Frequent Miler

They are giving many people miles back instead of the voucher so it might not work. If you do get the voucher then yes it will be $1000 and will expire in a year

G De

Thank you for the feedback. I was on the phone with a Delta agent last night and she stated two things:

1. Because it is a Delta vacations package and not simply a Delta flight, a certificate would be issued in the case of a refund.

2. Also, she stated In the event of a cancellation, the amount of the voucher would go back to the
pre-promotion rate. Using my illustration above, the 50,000 SkyMiles would revert back into $500.

Perhaps she just was not well informed on the two matters above.

Greg The Frequent Miler

It’s possible that they changed their policy yesterday but I think it’s more likely she is misinformed

jed

If you cancel and get a voucher, will you be able to make a hotel booking with the voucher that doesn’t include flights?

Greg The Frequent Miler

A phone rep told me yes, but I don’t have proof. You would have to call to book it.

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Lenny Harris

Since you earn airline miles, do you know if you are a member of the hotel’s rewards program are you able to take advantage of the elite benefits

Greg The Frequent Miler

You’re not supposed to be able to, but I’ve had some luck in adding my hotel rewards number to the reservation after the fact by calling the hotel

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David

I’m wondering about this: If you cancel your reservation, miles will not be redeposited into your SkyMiles account. The SkyMiles account holder will receive a Delta Vacations voucher for the value of the miles at the time of they were applied to the booking as payment. Is there an opportunity here: can we book now, then cancel later and get a voucher?

Jason

That sounds interesting…

sky1061

Exactly. Does someone know what are the restrictions with such voucher. Do we have to use with in a year or is it only for original passengers. Otherwise this looks like a better option to get the voucher now and use it later.

YoniPDX

Reading thread on Dan’s Deals – it works that way IF you purchase the optional insurance.

“You can purchase the travel insurance delta offers if you want to cancel, and then you will get your payment back in the form of a delta vacations gift voucher… So I ended up spending about 95k points on a package including the $180 charge for the insurance. (You can use the miles to over the insurance charge), I can now cancel the booking and get back $1,700 in the form of a voucher valid for 1 year.. Not a bad redemption I think..”

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Cameron

Will hotels see this as an OTA booking? No points earned/elite benefits?

Greg The Frequent Miler

That’s correct. Note that in some cases you can add your rewards number to the reservation after the fact. You still won’t earn points or elite night credits, but if you’re lucky the hotel will honor your elite benefits (I’ve had luck with this a number of times)

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Ucipas

Detroit to London should be less than $1,000 especially with stops.

Greg The Frequent Miler

The prices Nick described were the best that Google Flights could find for the dates shown. Flight prices would be considerably less if they included a Saturday night stay.

Ucipas

I was just suggesting that the example should use non inflated prices.

Brian

I took advantage today.

Got the Delta Platinum AMEX for business last week when they had the 50k miles plus 50% credit up to $500 sign on bonus. I’m a platinum Medallion.

Taking my wife to London for our anniversary in January, for a quick long weekend.

Flights from Rochester, NY to LHR and back, with 3 nights at the Waldorf Hilton were $2,100 total for both of us ($1062/person). I used 50k miles (with the sale, $1000 off the price), then the $500 credit on the platinum Amex, thereby making my trip a grand total of $624 out of pocket.

Pretty good deal if you ask me. No miles out of pocket (because they’ll come back from my Amex sign on bonus ), And since it was a vacation package, the miles spent count as cash, and I will get full MQM’s as well towards what is looking to be a very good 2020

Greg The Frequent Miler

Does the charge on your card show as Delta or Delta Vacations? If the latter, you might not get the $500 credit

Brian

It shows as Delta Vacations. However with my experience in the past, it triggers as Delta. On Delta Vacations packages booked in the past, I’ve always earned the double miles that you get with Delta purchases, and more specifically, when I booked my trip to AustraliaThrough them, it triggered a targeted deal to my Delta Reserve AMEX for a free “Plan It” on purchases over $600 (I only needed five nights hotel over a total of 18 days for the trip, and by doing it through them, it put the airfare into the “bulk air” bucket, which booked us into the I class for the entire trip, including business class flights on Virgin Australia. The entire r/t cost $4900 per person after 100,000 miles and my Medallion discount that DV offers)

Greg The Frequent Miler

Oh sweet. That’s great.

Brian

Everybody looks at me like I’m crazy when I use Delta vacations for packages, but I found on average it saves me a significant amount of money internationally. In the US, it’s variable, however many hotels that they offer trigger bonus miles as well, so it’s just another easy way to earn some more miles

Brian

I can definitely confirm that the AMEX statement credit works with Delta vacations. Mine cleared today after booking a couple of days ago.

Rick

When you mention statement credit working, do you mean the airline incidentals credit (like the $200 Amex plat credit) or an Amex offer?

Brian

The credit from the AMEX sign on offer

voyager

I did my own comparison and dang, there are definitely good deals to be had. BUT, do you know if I HAVE to stay at the two night dummy hotel? I hesitate to ask the agent as it’ll clearly go against their intent, but to maximize the savings here, I need to book the cheapest hotel for two nights only (the actual vacation is one week), and then just go to my hotel and not worry about the booked Delta one. Any idea if that will work?

Brian

In Europe, it’s a 3 night minimum. It’s less in the US

Greg The Frequent Miler

Yes it absolutely should work to book a package even if you don’t plan to spend the nights in the “throw away” hotel. Brian is right that Delta Vacations requires three nights in Europe as a general rule, even though this specific promo only requires two nights.

Brian

For this promotion, Europe has to be 3 nights. I tried to originally book as 2, and it won’t let you

AlexL

“Detroit to London from May 10-14, 2019.” I believe you mean 2020.