Delta’s Latest US Spring Flash Sale Is Pretty Horrible

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Delta Flash Sale: US Spring Locations

Delta has been having flash sales right and left.  Most have been pretty good, like last week’s, but their latest one is a real dud.  They just sent out an email for their Spring flash sale for domestic travel.  The prices are for one way travel but roundtrip is required.  The prices are pretty bad for regular travel much less for a sale!

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Domestic Sales

BETWEEN

AND

MAIN CABIN FARES, EACH WAY,
R-T PURCHASE REQ’D

MAIN CABIN AWARD TICKETS, EACH WAY,
R-T PURCHASE REQ’D

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Detroit, MI (DTW)

$149

12,000 miles + taxes & fees*

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

$179

15,000 miles + taxes & fees*

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

$259

22,000 miles + taxes & fees*

Atlanta, GA (ATL)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

$259

21,500 miles + taxes & fees*

Boston, MA (BOS)

Detroit, MI (DTW)

$139

10,500 miles + taxes & fees*

Boston, MA (BOS)

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

$169

13,000 miles + taxes & fees*

Boston, MA (BOS)

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

$259

21,500 miles + taxes & fees*

Boston, MA (BOS)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

$259

21,500 miles + taxes & fees*

Detroit, MI (DTW)

Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)

$149

12,000 miles + taxes & fees*

Detroit, MI (DTW)

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

$259

22,000 miles + taxes & fees*

Detroit, MI (DTW)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

$229

18,500 miles + taxes & fees*

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)

Seattle, WA (SEA)

$179

14,500 miles + taxes & fees*

Memphis, TN (MEM)

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

$139

10,500 miles + taxes & fees*

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

San Francisco, CA (SFO)

$229

18,500 miles + taxes & fees*

New York-LaGuardia, NY (LGA)

Minneapolis, MN (MSP)

$179

15,000 miles + taxes & fees*

Here are the terms of the offer

Purchase By

Tickets must be purchased no later than February 5, 2019.

Travel Period

Feburuary 20 – May 22, 2019

Advance Purchase

21 days

Link to Offer

Conclusion

I thought this was a decent sale until I noticed that the prices were for one way flights.  How is Detroit to San Francisco for 44,000 miles round trip a sale?  This seems like they are simply advertising routes that they are struggling to sell tickets for but at normal prices. Stay away from this one!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I have spoken out about these types of sales for years, Mark.

    Here is one example:

    https://thegate.boardingarea.com/dont-be-fooled-by-this-first-class-thanksgiving-2018-sale/

    In that article, I wrote: “I have staunchly opined publicly for years that airfares should not be advertised in this manner. If an airline wants to advertise airfares one way, that should only be if the customer can purchase the ticket for a flight one way — not be based on the purchase of a round-trip itinerary, which is required for this particular sale.”

    • It is a deceptive practice for sure. Then the prices are terrible for one way flights any way. A lose lose this time around.

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