Delta SkyMiles 2015 Worldwide Award Chart Details

Delta SkyMiles 2015 Worldwide Award Chart Details

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Back in February, Delta announced the details of their 2015 SkyMiles program.

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The new SkyMiles program included many changes. The most significant was probably that SkyMiles would begin awarding miles based on revenue rather than distance flown. Among US legacy airlines that was a first, and not surprisingly, United MileagePlus quickly followed.

But beyond the way they’re awarding miles, Delta also changed the way members can redeem SkyMiles. Some of the changes included:

  • The introduction of one way awards for half the cost of a roundtrip (as it turns out that came at the expense of stopovers, which they conveniently only announced later)
  • The introduction of additional award tiers — they’re going from three award tiers to five award tiers
  • The introduction of a functional SkyMiles award calendar, which is already live and awesome

Anyway, initially Delta didn’t actually publish their award charts for the 2015 program, which left a lot of us wondering how bad the rates would be. After some pressure, they eventually unveiled their award 2015 award chart in March… though only for travel originating in the US & Canada.

At the end of the day I care most about the redemption values at the lowest level, since that’s the cost at which you can redeem miles for travel on Delta’s partner airlines, like Alitalia, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, etc. The new award rates didn’t look half bad at the low level, which was good news.

But at the time SkyMiles only published award charts for travel originating in the US & Canada. Delta SkyMiles has now finally published their global award charts. If you check out their award charts by region you’ll now see that they list pre-January 1, 2015, and post-January 1, 2015, prices.

Here’s a chart comparing the current prices to the new prices:

Traveling Between:
And:
2014 (one-way)
2015 (one-way)
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada

Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
25,000/32,500*
25,000/32,500*
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Hawaii
40,000/45,000*
40,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Caribbean
30,000
30,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Mexico
30,000
30,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Central America
30,000
30,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Northern South America
45,000
40,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Southern South America
62,500
62,500
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Europe
62,500
62,500
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Africa
70,000
70,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
South Africa
80,000
80,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Middle East
70,000
70,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
South Asian Subcontinent
70,000
70,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Northern Asia
70,000
70,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Southeast Asia
70,000
70,000
Continental U.S., Alaska, and Canada
Southwest Pacific
80,000
80,000
Hawaii
Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America
42,500
42,500
Hawaii
Northern South America
55,000
62,500
Hawaii
Southern South America
72,500
70,000
Hawaii
Europe
72,500
70,000
Hawaii
Africa
80,000
80,000
Hawaii
South Africa
90,000
90,000
Hawaii
Middle East
80,000
80,000
Hawaii
South Asian Subcontinent
75,000
80,000
Hawaii
Northern Asia
42,500
50,000
Hawaii
Southeast Asia
50,000
50,000
Hawaii
Southwest Pacific
80,000
80,000
Mexico
Within Mexico
20,000
20,000
Mexico
Caribbean and Central America
30,000
30,000
Mexico
Northern South America
45,000
40,000
Mexico
Southern South America
62,500
65,000
Mexico
Europe
62,500
65,000
Mexico
Africa
70,000
80,000
Mexico
South Africa
80,000
80,000
Mexico
Middle East
70,000
80,000
Mexico
South Asian Subcontinent
75,000
80,000
Mexico
Northern Asia
70,000
80,000
Mexico
Southeast Asia
70,000
80,000
Mexico
Southwest Pacific
80,000
80,000
Caribbean
Caribbean
30,000
30,000
Caribbean
Central America
30,000
30,000
Caribbean
Northern South America
45,000
42,500
Caribbean
Southern South America
62,500
62,500
Caribbean
Europe
62,500
65,000
Caribbean
Africa
70,000
80,000
Caribbean
South Africa
80,000
80,000
Caribbean
Middle East
70,000
80,000
Caribbean
South Asian Subcontinent
75,000
80,000
Caribbean
Northern Asia
70,000
70,000
Caribbean
Southeast Asia
70,000
80,000
Caribbean
Southwest Pacific
80,000
80,000
Central America
Central America
20,000
20,000
Central America
Northern South America
20,000
20,000
Central America
Southern South America
40,000
40,000
Central America
Europe
62,500
65,000
Central America
Africa
70,000
80,000
Central America
South Africa
80,000
80,000
Central America
Middle East
70,000
80,000
Central America
South Asian Subcontinent
60,000
80,000
Central America
Northern Asia
70,000
80,000
Central America
Southeast Asia
70,000
80,000
Central America
Southwest Pacific
80,000
80,000
Northern South America
Northern South America
20,000
20,000
Northern South America
Southern South America
40,000
40,000
Northern South America
Europe
72,500
80,000
Northern South America
Africa
80,000
90,000
Northern South America
South Africa
85,000
90,000
Northern South America
Middle East
85,000
90,000
Northern South America
South Asian Subcontinent
75,000
90,000
Northern South America
Northern Asia
85,000
90,000
Northern South America
Southeast Asia
85,000
90,000
Northern South America
Southwest Pacific
80,000
80,000
Southern South America
Southern South America
20,000
25,000
Southern South America
Europe
87,500
90,000
Southern South America
Africa
87,500
90,000
Southern South America
South Africa
90,000
90,000
Southern South America
Middle East
90,000
90,000
Southern South America
South Asian Subcontinent
80,000
90,000
Southern South America
Northern Asia
90,000
90,000
Southern South America
Southeast Asia
90,000
90,000
Southern South America
Southwest Pacific
95,000
90,000
Europe
Europe
25,000
25,000
Europe
Africa
50,000
65,000
Europe
South Africa
50,000
65,000
Europe
Middle East
35,000
42,500
Europe
South Asian Subcontinent
40,000
42,500
Europe
Northern Asia
70,000
80,000
Europe
Southeast Asia
70,000
80,000
Europe
Southwest Pacific
80,000
90,000
Africa
Africa
50,000
40,000
Africa
South Africa
50,000
40,000
Africa
Middle East
60,000
70,000
Africa
South Asian Subcontinent
60,000
70,000
Africa
Northern Asia
75,000
80,000
Africa
Southeast Asia
90,000
90,000
Africa
Southwest Pacific
90,000
90,000
South Africa
South Africa
50,000
40,000
South Africa
Middle East
60,000
70,000
South Africa
South Asian Subcontinent
60,000
70,000
South Africa
Northern Asia
75,000
70,000
South Africa
Southeast Asia
90,000
90,000
South Africa
Southwest Pacific
90,000
90,000
Middle East
Middle East
60,000
40,000
Middle East
South Asian Subcontinent
60,000
70,000
Middle East
Northern Asia
60,000
70,000
Middle East
Southeast Asia
60,000
70,000
Middle East
Southwest Pacific
85,000
90,000
South Asian Subcontinent
South Asian Subcontinent
30,000
40,000
South Asian Subcontinent
Northern Asia
55,000
70,000
South Asian Subcontinent
Southeast Asia
85,000
90,000
South Asian Subcontinent
Southwest Pacific
70,000
80,000
Northern Asia
Northern Asia
25,000
30,000
Northern Asia
Southeast Asia
35,000
40,000
Northern Asia
Southwest Pacific
55,000
65,000
Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
35,000
40,000
Southwest Pacific
Southwest Pacific
45,000
40,000

And then here’s how they define each zone:

SkyMiles Award Zone
Countries Included
Caribbean
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and US Virgin Islands
Central America
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama
Northern South America
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela
Southern South America
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay
Europe

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark (excluding Greenland), Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (The Former Yugoslav Republic of), Malta, Moldova (Republic of), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores and Madeira), Romania, Russia (West of the Ural Mountains), San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including Canary Islands), Svalbard and Jan Mayen Island, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City
Africa

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania (United Republic of), Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Middle East
Bahrain, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates (composed of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras El Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Qaiwain), Uzbekistan, Yemen (Republic of)
South Asian Subcontinent
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian Ocean Territory; India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Northern Asia

China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Korea (Republic of), Micronesia, Philippines and Taiwan (Province of), Russia (East of the Ural Mountains), Guam and Saipan.
Southeast Asia
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos (People’s Democratic Republic of), Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan and Vietnam
Southwest Pacific

American Samoa, Australia, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna Islands

As you can see, the change in rates aren’t horrible. Roughly a dozen zone pairs are going down in price, while about five times as many are going up in price. That being said, those regions going up in price aren’t going up by that much — usually just 5,000-10,000 miles, and in some cases 15,000-20,000 miles.

My bigger question with the new award chart is whether Delta will continue to impose fuel surcharges for all award travel originating in Europe. It’s great that they now allow one way awards, though it would suck if we had to pay fuel surcharges for all one way awards originating in Europe. My guess is that nothing will change in terms of fuel surcharges.

Bottom line

There’s no doubt the 2015 SkyMiles program is a net negative for most SkyMiles members. Of course it’s good news for some on the earnings side, including those that mostly fly short distances, as well as those that mostly fly on full fare or premium cabin tickets.

On the redemption side, though, I initially thought that the changes were a net positive. The introduction of one way awards is awesome. At the time we had no reason to believe stopovers would be eliminated, which does make the changes slightly less awesome. For travel originating in North America, redemption rates aren’t going up by much at all.

So on the redemption side — for those of us mostly collecting SkyMiles through means other than flying — I do still think the new program is a net positive, as I value one way awards more than stopovers.

How are you feeling about the 2015 SkyMiles program?

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  1. Ed Alvey sr

    I want to use my Delta Sky-miles to go coach round trip from o hare to Berlin how many miles do I need

  2. Jeff Trew

    Delta has been raising the miles needed to travel. However as ticket prices and baggage fees have gone up it costs a lot more to get those miles. The miles needed to travel should have remained the same. Delta is gouging its loyal customers. For example not too long ago I used to fly to Costa Rica round trip for 35,000 miles. Then it became only for certain flights which could never be found. Now...

    Delta has been raising the miles needed to travel. However as ticket prices and baggage fees have gone up it costs a lot more to get those miles. The miles needed to travel should have remained the same. Delta is gouging its loyal customers. For example not too long ago I used to fly to Costa Rica round trip for 35,000 miles. Then it became only for certain flights which could never be found. Now it is 30,000 one way. They make all kinds of promotions to get miles but quietly make those miles a lot cheaper in terms of what you can do with them.

  3. Matthew Knight

    I'm flying into Kona, Hi on the 20th of August this month and I'm wanting to rent a Jeep as my rental while I'm there. My questions are.... since I'm a skymiles member is it cheaper to rent it thru deltas skymiles membership or is it cheaper to just do it on my own upon arrival? ? Ty

  4. E

    I have 60,000 points on Delta… just trying them out in 2016. I usually fly American or United. I also have the Amer Express Gold Card. Unfortunately, it's 25,000 each way domestically (minimum) and 80,000+ for Europe in economy. This is twice as much as American and United. Both American and United also offer one way trips! I won't be flying delta any longer. I'll just use the miles for a domestic and drop them for good.

  5. Faye

    Lucky - Using Delta miles, what would be the best (we want to go 1st Class) way to book 2 round trip tickets to South Africa. When I look online, it appears Delta shows only Business Class. If it turns out to be a partner airline, do I call Delta to try to get it booked requesting a specific airline, class etc.?

  6. peepshow

    Why is it still not possible to book for 2 person at low? i recently changed credit card points to SQ for 4 people and it was easy. I've tried it on different airlines and i could find low awards for multiple persons... it's only Delta that is impossible.

    1. lucky

      @ peepshow -- Where are you trying to go? In most markets it shouldn't be any problem to find two seats at the low level.

  7. Ivan Y

    Hmm.. I believe they also broke up Russia into Europe and Northern Asia (at least, judging by pre- and post-Jan. 1, 2005 charts online) along the natural border (Ural Mountains). That makes a huge difference!

    Have no idea if it affects my family though as their city is in the Urals so who knows what Delta would charge. Using BA Avios is way cheaper anyhow.

  8. John

    25k miles one way? Shouldn't that be round trip?

  9. Larry D

    @Bgriff
    I appreciate your trying to clarify the second column which is clearly (and accurately) marked 2015 (one-way). Your defense of Ben's chart shows you enjoy reading his blog. So do I !!! However, in my comment, I clearly stated that I was talking about the 1st column that is marked 2014 one way. You tried clarifying the chart by saying that these are the fares that go in to effect Jan 1, 2015....

    @Bgriff
    I appreciate your trying to clarify the second column which is clearly (and accurately) marked 2015 (one-way). Your defense of Ben's chart shows you enjoy reading his blog. So do I !!! However, in my comment, I clearly stated that I was talking about the 1st column that is marked 2014 one way. You tried clarifying the chart by saying that these are the fares that go in to effect Jan 1, 2015. Well, not the first column. The first column reflect the current prices up until Dec 31. My point was that the first column is an artificially priced at 1/2 of the real cost of the one-way award ticket, because, the fact is that Delta currently charges twice that rate, since they currently don't permit a one-way award (they charge twice the amount). Further, if Ben is using the miles needed for PREMIUM seats, then it should so be noted somewhere in the chart. Well, he's probably having too much Krug with his father right now to remember such details.

  10. Bgriff

    @Larry D -- these prices become effective Jan 1 at which point Delta also starts allowing one-ways at half the price of a roundtrip.

  11. Reine

    Ok. So. I've been playing around with the award chart since it launched, and it seems it's still definitely a DELTA tool. What do I mean by this? I clicked on a day that listed 240,000 miles as the lowest award seat available, but after I clicked on it, an award ticket for 160,000 was listed as available. I don't know if it's a glitch, but seeing as how this is exactly the way Delta's calendar worked before, I'm willing to bet that this is totally on purpose.

  12. LXF

    Lucky, I agree with you that the charts themselves don't look terrible. But is it maybe too early to call it positive? The availability in the 5 tier to me is the key. Right now we are trained to treat Mid level as good, and Low as lucky. Going forward, what if it's only level 3 and up that are regularly available? To have a published price for the goods that are not commonly available doesn't really do us any good.

    1. lucky

      @ LXF -- The best value for SkyMiles is still on partner awards, in my opinion, which remain at the lowest level.

  13. Tom

    What do you guys think of this? If you are a PM or DM and have fee waivers on award tickets, do you think you can book at RT now and change it to a OW and drop the return segment next year when the new rules go into effect?

  14. Cory

    I still think we don't have any idea if the changes on the redemption side are a net positive or negative. If even the sparse low level awards become less available and the new effective lowest level is on level 2 or level 3, that is a way to effectively devalue without actually devaluing.

  15. Larry D

    @ Ralfinho
    Assuming you are right about the one way for premium cabin, then the 2014 column would be more accurately titled "each way on round trip purchase". Because as we know, Delta essentially charges the same for one way and round trip (which would be twice the miles listed in the 2014 column). I love that he did the chart for easy reading but omitting that it reflects Premium seating bookings is a pretty big defect in the chart.

  16. Nemme

    When can you start booking one-way fares? January 1? Need to get to Asia since I have an EK F coming back ( through Alaska).

  17. Ralfinho

    @Larry D, @Joseph,

    Lucky listed the award charts for travel in premium cabin. So, no, there is no doubling.

  18. Joseph

    Lucky,

    I think you made a typo in the chart as it says (one-way) at the heading of both columns but the prices look like they are actually for a roundtrip flight. Otherwise, this is a massive devaluation going from what used to be 25,000 miles for a domestic coach seat at the lowest price while now it will be 50,000 because the prices in the chart are listed as one-way.

  19. Bgriff

    Love that they announced the from-US chart with great fanfare earlier this year and said something about "only X pairs are going up in price while Y are going down in price!" (Forget whether X was less than Y but they were comparable.) And now of course the worldwide chart is much less favorable.

    And I agree with fuel surcharges likely staying the same -- will be a handy way to squeeze cash out of...

    Love that they announced the from-US chart with great fanfare earlier this year and said something about "only X pairs are going up in price while Y are going down in price!" (Forget whether X was less than Y but they were comparable.) And now of course the worldwide chart is much less favorable.

    And I agree with fuel surcharges likely staying the same -- will be a handy way to squeeze cash out of US flyers who book two separate one-ways for convenience and get hit on the way home from Europe.

    Now if they would only get around to announcing how many miles one will earn flying partners starting in just 6 weeks...

  20. Larry D

    I hope I'm misreading the chart. If a one-way within North America (the very first fare listed) is 25000-32,500 one way, does that mean Delta redemptions within North America have essentially doubled and we will soon be paying over 50,000 miles for a round trip within the US?

    I actually like using Delta for North America travel (assuming I'm connecting), being that their miles are so easy to earn (thank you SunTrust Debit card) and...

    I hope I'm misreading the chart. If a one-way within North America (the very first fare listed) is 25000-32,500 one way, does that mean Delta redemptions within North America have essentially doubled and we will soon be paying over 50,000 miles for a round trip within the US?

    I actually like using Delta for North America travel (assuming I'm connecting), being that their miles are so easy to earn (thank you SunTrust Debit card) and my spending induced Amex credit card Gold Elite status.

    1. lucky

      @ Larry D @ Joseph @ John -- These are business class rates.

  21. Jr

    Hi,
    Oneways are great but with deltas international award fee I don't know.
    Will the international award fee stay for trips after 2015 ?

    1. lucky

      @ Jr -- We don't know yet, unfortunately.

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Ed Alvey sr

I want to use my Delta Sky-miles to go coach round trip from o hare to Berlin how many miles do I need

Jeff Trew

Delta has been raising the miles needed to travel. However as ticket prices and baggage fees have gone up it costs a lot more to get those miles. The miles needed to travel should have remained the same. Delta is gouging its loyal customers. For example not too long ago I used to fly to Costa Rica round trip for 35,000 miles. Then it became only for certain flights which could never be found. Now it is 30,000 one way. They make all kinds of promotions to get miles but quietly make those miles a lot cheaper in terms of what you can do with them.

Matthew Knight

I'm flying into Kona, Hi on the 20th of August this month and I'm wanting to rent a Jeep as my rental while I'm there. My questions are.... since I'm a skymiles member is it cheaper to rent it thru deltas skymiles membership or is it cheaper to just do it on my own upon arrival? ? Ty

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