Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.
While both match the prior high public bonuses we’ve seen, a lot has changed with SkyMiles even since they were last available less than a year ago.
Since Delta doesn’t have a formal published award chart it can be hard to gauge exactly what an intro bonus will get you in award flights.
It’s free to raise or lower prices as it wants without any advance notice, and it’s taken full advantage of that, raising many international award prices to levels much higher than what United MileagePlus or American AAdvantage charge. Delta has raised the price of Business Class to Europe on partners like Virgin Atlantic twice in just over a year, from 62,500 miles one way to 85,000 miles now.
But there are still some decent options…
Here are the lowest prices we currently see for major award regions.
They’re displayed as one way prices and the Delta price generally applies when the longest flights are on Delta, while the higher partner price applies when a trip has no Delta segments, or the long international segment is on a partner.
|Economy (Delta flights)||Business (Delta flights)||Economy (partner flights)||Business (partner flights)|
|Northern South America||22,500||40,000||30,000||45,000|
|Southern South America||30,000||75,000||35,000||90,000|
These are just the lowest price we currently see, and you’ll often see much higher prices, like over 200,000 miles one way in Business Class to Africa or Asia.
But if the intro bonus from the cards can get you to enough miles for an entry level award, and you’re flexible with travel dates, they’re worth a shot. We wouldn’t recommend trying to save miles over two or three years in the hopes of getting the award prices you see now.
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