Dans Deals reports a Delta award sale between “several US cities and many Mexico/Caribbean/Central America/South America destinations from just 5K miles each way!” In the details of this post, Dan lists cheap award prices from/to JFK and many southern destinations. It’s unclear which other US cities are part of this sale, but I did find cheap fares from Newark and the DC area. When searching for these one-way award fares, make sure to select “Price Calendar” to see prices for a month at a time.
Its worth noting that Basic Economy Delta awards are freely changeable and cancelable for flights that complete within 2021. Flights booked into regular economy and higher are freely changeable and cancelable any time.
Also note that Delta awards earn towards elite status in 2021 and 2022, and qualify for Status Accelerators in 2021.
Dan’s Deals notes the following nonstop deals that he found from/to JFK:
Panama: 5K basic, 6K main
Miami: 5K basic, 6.5K main
Bogota: 5K basic, 7K main
Montego Bay: 5.5K basic, 9K main
Nassau: 5.5K basic, 10K main
San Juan: 6.5K basic, 9.5K main
Las Vegas: 7K basic, 10.5K main
S. Thomas: 7K basic, 10K main
Punta Cana: 7K basic, 12K main
Cancun: 8K basic, 10K main
Seattle: 8K basic, 10.5K main
Aruba: 9K basic, 13K main
S. Maarten: 9K basic, 13K main
Turks and Caicos: 9K basic, 13K main
When searching for awards, by calendar view, it can benefit you to look at Basic Economy, Economy, and Comfort+ separately. Sometimes we’ve seen Comfort+ pricing less than Economy; and now I found a case where regular Economy priced cheaper than Basic Economy. Check out the second result in the search for flights from NYC to Panama, here:
Would you prefer to pay 10,000 miles for Basic Economy or 6,000 miles for regular Economy?