Delta launches 5,000 miles one-way awards – so which miles should I use for Los Angeles – San Francisco?

Posted on May 20, 2015 by in Delta Skymiles, Travel Deals

Delta keeps surprising us with the steps they take to change their frequent flyer program, case by case.

For several west coast cities, including San Francisco to Los Angeles, they have now introduced a one-way award of 5,000 miles.

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Now that’s entirely a good thing, but nobody knows if or how long it will stay that way. So should you start book speculatively?

The San Francisco to Los Angeles route is a competitive one and unless you book less than 14 days out, fares usually hover around $70 per one-way per person. Now this might differ for other routes Delta flies and it enables cheap redemptions.

American Airlines flights are accessible by redeeming 4,500 Avios, but availability can be bad – often really bad for economy class redemptions.

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Let’s not forget about Southwest – fares are usually $73 incl. two free bags.

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Southwest San Francisco - Los Angeles

If you use Southwest Rapid Rewards, you get a value of 2 cents per mile and there are no change fees or cancellation fees. All redemption bookings are fully refundable.

I have a sizable balance of Chase Ultimate Rewards, so I will continue to use those for the route myself right now.

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