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Delta launched a flash sale yesterday with some fantastic award pricing to Alaska, starting at only 5,000 SkyMiles round-trip from the west coast and 10,000 SkyMiles round-trip from the east coast.
- Fly to Alaska from 5,000 SkyMiles round trip.
- Direct link to offer.
- Round-trip Award fares for travel in Basic Economy departing from select U.S. cities to Alaska.
- Additional fees/restrictions/baggage charge may apply.
- Fares shown are round-trip.
- Promotional pricing ends on May 17, 2021.
This flash sale has the potential to be a great deal if you’re interested in visiting Alaska this summer. Award prices start at only 5,000 SkyMiles round-trip from airports like San Francisco. Even travel from the east coast can be booked for as low as 10,000 SkyMiles round trip, such as from Atlanta.
Without wishing to harsh your mellow though, there are some additional aspects to take into account. For starters, this pricing is only available for Basic Economy; that means that if you want to check a bag you’ll need a Delta Gold, Platinum or Reserve credit card if you don’t want to pay checked baggage fees.
The bigger issue with this fare sale is logistics. Summer in Alaska is the most popular time to visit anyway and it’s likely an even more popular place to visit right now due to the boom in domestic travel while there are still so many international travel restrictions. That means accommodation prices will likely be higher, as will be rental car prices – if you can even get a car in the first place. Alaska isn’t really the kind of place you want to show up at only to find there are no rental cars left, so there’s definitely some risk here that your amazingly priced vacation (on the flight side of things anyway) turns out to be a bust.
However, if you’re happy sticking around one of the big (by Alaska’s standards) cities, it might be possible to have an enjoyable time without a rental car. For example, there’s both a Hyatt Place and Hyatt House in Anchorage, both of which are category 3 and so only cost 12,000 points per night. Doing a quick Google search turned up a three day Anchorage itinerary which doesn’t require a car. You could also book day trips with transport included, with Rakuten currently offering 15%/15x for bookings through Viator, one such site where you could book day trips of that kind.