Gilt is a free membership shopping site that primarily sells discounted designer clothes and home goods. But for the 1st time, Gilt City will be selling discounted Delta flights between popular cities within the US.
The sale starts July 10, 2014, at 10:00 am Eastern Time. You must be a Gilt & Gilt City member to shop the sale.
How Much Are You Really Saving?
Here’s a peak at the Delta Airlines flights on sale with Gilt City:
1-Way First Class
- Los Angeles to Austin or Austin to Los Angeles for $200 (including taxes)
- New York City (JFK) to Austin or Austin to New York City (JFK) for $300 (including taxes)
Round-Trip First Class
- Los Angeles to Austin or Austin to Los Angeles for $400 (including taxes)
- New York City (JFK) to Austin or Austin to New York City (JFK) for $600 (including taxes)
Full Price Round-Trip First Class Flights
I looked up a couple of round-trip First Class flights at regular cost to compare prices:
- Los Angeles to Austin costs ~$640 (including taxes)
- Austin to New York City (JFK) costs ~$850 (including taxes)
However, your savings could increase if you are booking flights during peak travel times or with lots of stops.
Is This a Good Deal?
While you may not really be saving 57% on most of these flights, it’s still a decent discount. At least on the surface. But we won’t know all the details until the sale is made public.
The fares don’t earn any elite status on Delta and you can only buy 8 1-way or 4 round-trip tickets per customer. There are blackout dates between:
- August 28, 2014 to September 2, 2014
- November 20 to November 30, 2014
- December 18, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Additionally, these are only ~3 to ~4 hour flights. Personally, I would rather use my Southwest Companion Pass to fly within the US for just $10 total per round-trip flight and save the First Class flights for the longer international trips. But do what works best for your own travel goals!
This deal could be worth checking out if you have plans to pay for a First Class round-trip flight to 1 of these cities. But note that you may not actually save as much as 57% on the flights.
Also pay close attention to the fine print!