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Old 05-03-2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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Delta SkyMiles < American Airline Miles

Has anyone use Delta SkyMiles to book flights? I have about 80,000 miles from a credit card but it seems like a hassle to find decent flights with the miles.

I've used American Airline miles before and it works much better and requires a lot less miles. For future credit cards I'll probably stick with AA and cash back cards and stay away from Delta.

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Old 05-03-2009, 07:52 AM   #2
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Booked sky miles for several years, and noticed increasing difficulty finding flights with reasonable schedules over the last few years. So, we switched to a cash-back card. Figured we'd rather have cash to spend on tickets, and it would give us quite a bit more flexibility.

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I noticed this too when I was looking at spending a couple bucks to get enough Delta miles to get a free flight. Well, the "free" flight cost a good bit of money, and had a couple too many connections and 12 hour long layovers to make it worthwhile. I'd rather just pay the $200-300 out of pocket and get a reasonable schedule on the airline of my choosing.

I did notice in comparison that united has a really good mileage program. I prefer the cashback to miles regardless though because cash is more flexible.
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:55 AM   #4
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I have only used my Delta miles for 1 round trip flight, so far. It was the flight I wanted (one I take regularly) and I only had to pay some sort of a usage fee. It might have been $75....can't really remember now.

I didn't have any problems and don't remember anything unusual about booking the flight online.
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I use Delta miles and it works well for me. We just booked a trip online from Boston to San Diego for 25K miles. They've improved their website and you now can book a trip with ease. You can also pay partially in miles if you choose so.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:56 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Corporateburnout View Post
I use Delta miles and it works well for me. We just booked a trip online from Boston to San Diego for 25K miles.
Damn, you must have had about 2 months of flexibility in your exact
travel dates. Or else somebody in Delta management had a little shame,
or very possibility some of those gov't regulators got after 'em.
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:11 PM   #7
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I just booked a vacation trip for the DW's parents, using some of my UA miles. . I could have used DL, but it would have required a connection thru Atlanta (Doesn't DELTA stand for Damn! Everythng Leaves Through Atlanta- or maybe it's Don't Expect Luggage To Arrive; I can never remember which)? They preferred the UA connections, so that is what we went with.

With the DL/NW merger I was recently given the option of combining my miles, with a small bonus for doing so. I did, and now have 200K+ DL SkyMiles. Never had any real problem trying to use them in the past, understanding that they don't offer them for every seat on every flight.

As a FF with over 2.5 million actual flight miles, I don't think DL is any worse than the other carriers on redeeming mileage- granted, most of mine is paid mileage, not credit card miles, maybe the award programs are different.

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