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A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 06, 2015 12:23AM
I just checked my balance with Amex, and I have 23,678 miles.

Is this a lot, a "normal" sort of amount, or just a piss-ant quantity?
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: Buck
Date: May 06, 2015 02:29AM
Free round trip ticket is 20,000 or 25,000 miles. Congrats!
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: zeppo2
Date: May 06, 2015 08:41AM
For Sky miles, most domestic roundtrips start at 25,000 miles, though on some routes the lowest priced redemptions can be hard to find. You can redeem for one way awards at half the cost. You can also use the pay with miles option, that reduces the cost of your ticket by paying part of the cost with miles. By the way, you can earn miles dining, too, at [skymiles.rewardsnetwork.com].
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: May 06, 2015 10:29AM
They're not miles; they're points!

You can't go 25,000 miles with 25,000 of them. So they're not "miles," dammit! turbo naughty smiley

Sorry. Pet peeve.

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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: abevilac
Date: May 06, 2015 01:18PM
It's also possible to purchase more points or miles to get you up to an award level.
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: May 06, 2015 01:43PM
I've got 500,000 with AmEx; still trying to convince sister's family that we should all go to Paris for a week. But once the kids get old enough to have work and school and camp schedules, it gets tricky.
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: max
Date: May 06, 2015 01:45PM
...which usually is not worth it...
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 06, 2015 01:58PM
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abevilac
It's also possible to purchase more points or miles to get you up to an award level.

What would be the advantage in doing this?

Can't you use your points and cash together to purchase a ticket?
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: stephen
Date: May 06, 2015 04:47PM
You can find a flight for 25,000 miles but if you're picky on dates it could be 32,500 or 35,000. Sitting on a dl flight now waiting for takeoff.
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: stephen
Date: May 06, 2015 04:48PM
One of the best uses of miles once you have enough is international first class. The Delta Reserve Amex is my strategy and I get miles, upgrades and more. It for me is a better deal than the Costco Amex.
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Re: A question about Delta Skymiles
Posted by: dk62
Date: May 06, 2015 06:18PM
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stephen
One of the best uses of miles once you have enough is international first class. The Delta Reserve Amex is my strategy and I get miles, upgrades and more. It for me is a better deal than the Costco Amex.

Absolutely agree. Getting economy class internationally saves you only 50% of the ticket on average, as "taxes and fees" can make anywhere from 20%-80% of regular ticket price, and those you have to pay in cash anyway. But they are usually a miniscule percentage of business class ticket and less than for an economy one. In addition, business class is 4-10 times more in cash, but less than double in miles.

But that is not going to help you for the amount of miles you have right now.
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