Delta Award Builder Value Proposition


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Delta offers one of the worst value propositions to their customers each time they purchase a ticket online at Delta’s website. Delta offers their customers what is called the Award Builder. Essentially customers have the ability to build up to an award by purchasing miles at a high cost per mile.

Delta Award Builder

The award builder bonus miles come in three tiers. Each offer values Delta miles purchased at $0.028 cents per mile.

Bottom Line

The Delta Award builder offers a poor value proposition. I would avoid purchasing miles through the award builder option if you have a choice. If you only need 1,000 miles to top off your account, consider transferring from an American Express Membership Rewards account during one of the many Delta transfer bonuses.

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Comments

  1. US Airways has better option where you can infact multiply the no of miles you fly. 1x, 2x or 3x. This option pops up right before the payment page while making a booking.

  2. Too each his own. I would never buy, but what if you’re a few K short of a redemption it’s not that bad of a deal then. Better then buying them the normal way through DL and paying the $30 processing fee. No everyone has access to MR points.

  3. Interestingly, Delta offers me

    1000 miles/29$
    2000 miles/39$
    3000 miles/59$

    Not only is it different from your offer, but it’s not a proportional increase

  4. Hi James – Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    MSPDeltaDude – Too each his own for sure. Like I said, if you have a choice. If you need an award and this is cheaper than buying miles (if that is your only other option) by all means use this to get to that award.

    Hi Rajnish – Good to know. That could add interesting gimmicks to a mileage run.

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