Delta Air Lines is making a weekly habit out of throttling SkyMiles members with jaw-dropping award flash sales. Last week I wrote about a tantalizing 50,000-mile round-trip sale on offer between the U.S. and Australia. This week Delta’s going transpacific in a different direction: flights from almost all U.S. cities to Hong Kong, and back, can be had for 30,000 to 40,000 SkyMiles.
For what used to get one from New York to Las Vegas, it’s now possible to circumnavigate the globe. This flash sale coincides with Delta’s exit from Hong Kong in late September. Unsurprisingly, SkyMiles deals end when Delta terminates its final service, SEA-HKG, on Oct. 4. (Actually, the better award fares actually seem to stop around Sept. 19).
After Oct. 4, to get to Hong Kong using SkyMiles, flyers will have to pay surcharges to travel on one of Delta’s Asia-Pacific partners, instead.
This is another main cabin fare sale that allows SkyMiles members to take advantage of Delta’s most spacious economy seats, on board the 777-200ER. Delta is now one of the last airlines in the world to equip its 777s with the originally specified nine-across seating. Main cabin seats are nearly 19 inches wide, comparable to premium economy or even domestic first class on some jets.
Delta SkyMiles Amex credit card holders can actually advance themselves the miles needed to book a trip and have up to a year to accumulate the miles needed.
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) Wide Open in September: 34,000 SkyMiles, round-trip
New Orleans Armstrong (MSY) to Hong Kong: 34,000 SkyMiles, round-trip
West Coast Cities to Hong Kong: 30,000 SkyMiles, round-trip
Booking the Fare Sale
As with all of Delta’s SkyMiles flash sales, the results appear in the course of a normal miles search on Delta.com, and can be booked normally through the website.
This is such an unbelievable value, particularly given the devaluations in SkyMiles awards the past several years, that I would even consider canceling a paid fare to take advantage of this deal.
This type of SkyMiles deal should summon the pangs of nostalgia among SkyMiles members of 2008, when this sort of fare was the norm.