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Delta SkyMiles have been the “odd man out” among domestic airline miles ever since the airline removed their award chart. With no standard gauge for value, either by regional/distance pricing or by cent-per-mile, stories about SkyMiles from bloggers have been relatively scarce. But with SkyMiles’ values “floating” there can be some great redemptions available, and one just popped up.
Delta is offering flights from select US destinations to Tokyo and Seoul in premium economy from 70,000 SkyMiles round trip. For comparison, American Airlines recently released their premium economy award chart, offering round trip to Asia for 100,000 miles, and United doesn’t offer international premium economy awards yet. The deal is good for travel from March 4 to May 2, and tickets must be purchased on or before Feb 25. There’s no clarification on which time zone the sale ends; it could mean midnight of the departure time zone, but for safety’s sake assume it’s midnight Eastern Time. Travel times are ideal: both Tokyo and Seoul will be in cherry blossom season around this time, and the weather will be comfortably warm without an oppressive heat index.
This is a great deal for a comfortable flight, as Delta’s “Premium Select” offers:
- 18.5″ or 19″ seat width, depending on the airplane
- 38″ pitch
- 7″ more recline than economy
- Larger IFE screens
- Plated meals
- Dedicated cabin flight staff
I searched for several small airports and 70K and 80K round trips were offered from all of them; search for your local airport from the awards page to know what deal is available near you. Taxes range from $53 – $64, with no fuel surcharges of course. There are numerous blackout dates – see the sale page for specific blocked dates. Delta’s award sales are unpredictable and this one ends in just a few days so act quickly if you want to take advantage of this opportunity for a spring awards trip to Asia.
How to Book
- Visit Delta’s sale page to search for sample dates and destinations
- March 4 through May 2, 2019
- 7-day stay required
Where to Stay in Tokyo or Seoul
- Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel
- Hilton Tokyo Bay
- Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel
- Park Hyatt Seoul
Things to Do in Tokyo or Seoul
- Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
- Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo
- Seoul’s Gyeongbokgung Palace
- Myeongdong Shopping Street in Seoul
(SEE ALSO: 3 practical Japan Travel Tips)
Good luck and happy flying!
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