81,000 Delta miles are worth an average of $1,044.9, according to WalletHub data. You will get the best value for your Delta miles if you use them for flights booked through Delta, though there are a few other redemption options to choose from.
Value of Delta Miles vs. The Competition
Average Value of 81,000 Miles
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Delta miles are worth between 0.77 cents and 1.98 cents each, depending on what you spend them on. They do not expire as long as your account remains in good standing, and there are no blackout dates on Delta Air Lines flights. You can redeem Delta miles through the Delta website, as well as the American Express Membership Rewards center or the Amex mobile app if you have a Delta credit card.
You need at least 6,500 Delta miles for a free one-way flight and 9,000 miles for a free round-trip flight on Delta. The exact miles you need for a free Delta flight depend on where you want to go and when. Those minimums apply to flights from Los Angeles to Las Vegas booked months in advance. Delta stopped disclosing its Award Miles Chart, so there are no published minimums and maximums for various routes.… read full answer
Examples of How Many Delta Miles Are Needed for Free Flights:
One-way flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas: 6,500+ award miles
One-way flight from New York City to Chicago: 7,000+ award miles
One-way flight from Los Angeles to New York City: 8,000+ award miles.
One-way flight from New York City to Seattle: 8,500+ award miles
One-way flight from Miami to Boston: 10,500+ award miles
To get a free flight for the fewest number of Delta miles, you’ll want to book the flight far in advance, and be open to different dates. In many cases, you could pay at least 10,000 miles less for a flight if you’re flexible on your departure date.
If you’re a loyal Delta flyer and looking to earn miles faster for more free flights, you should look into a Delta credit card. The Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express is an excellent option with a signup bonus of 30,000 miles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. And if you make a Delta purchase within that same timeframe, you’ll earn an additional $50 statement credit. Altogether, that’s worth roughly 1-5 free Delta flights.
Even though Delta miles do not expire, it’s still a good idea to avoid building up a big Delta rewards balance because that would make you more vulnerable to rewards devaluation.
If you’re trying to choose an airline rewards program and are concerned about rewards expiration policies, you can see how the Delta miles expiration policy compares to other popular companies’ policies in the table below.
One of the best Delta business credit cards is the Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card because it has a $0 introductory annual fee the first year ($99 after) and offers a 50,000-mile bonus when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, you’ll earn 1 - 2 miles per $1 spent, depending on the type of purchase.
All of the Delta business credit cards have a few benefits in common. They all offer a free checked bag and priority boarding on Delta flights. And they give a 20% statement credit on eligible Delta in-flight purchases.… read full answer
Earn 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months. 2 miles per $1 spent on Delta purchases, on U.S. purchases for advertising in select media, U.S. shipping, 2 miles per $1 at restaurants, 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases. $0 intro annual fee the first year ($99 after).
Earn 60,000 miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months. This card also gives cardholders Delta Sky Club access. You also get 3 miles per $1 spent on Delta purchases, 1.5 miles per $1 on all other purchases (after spending $150,000 in a year, otherwise earn 1 mile per $1). But this business credit card costs $550 per year
This card boasts 60,000 miles and 5,000 Medallion Qualification Miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. You also get 3 miles per $1 spent with Delta, 3 miles per $1 on purchases made directly with hotels, 1.5 miles per $1 on single purchases of $5,000+ (up to 50,000 additional miles per year), and 1 miles per $1 on all other purchases. The card’s annual fee is $250.
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