Dirt cheap Delta awards: Flights to Peru for 9,000 miles

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Delta has deep discounts on award flights to Peru! In fact, these may be the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for flights to the South American country.

This unadvertised sale allows you to book flights for as little as 9,000 miles one-way. Check out the below flight from Boston to Lima for just 9,000 miles one-way. That’s called a steal.

What’s great is that some of these fares are in Main Cabin and not basic economy. To combat Basic Economy restrictions and earn Delta miles quickly, you can open one of the best Delta credit cards. You can also transfer Amex points to Delta at a 1:1 ratio

(Photo by By Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock)
Fly into Lima and visit Machu Picchu. (Photo by By Anton_Ivanov/Shutterstock)

Delta SkyMiles deals

These are among the cheapest awards we’ve ever seen. This isn’t an official sale, so it’s worth checking your preferred routes to see if they are pricing below normal. Because Delta no-longer has an award chart, any flight priced under 20,000 miles one-way is likely a good deal. You can use our points vs. cash calculator to help you decide if you should Delta miles for whichever flight you find — it appears that cash prices are pretty cheap too.

Here’s Boston to Lima in April for just 9,000 miles one-way.

Flights around the country appear are on sale, like this one from Minneapolis to Lima, for 9,000 miles.

It seems like the deals are available for flights from February through June, according to Frequent Miler.

Poke around the Delta website if you want to find a good deal — it appears that many U.S. cities to Lima are pricing from 9,000-13,000 miles each way.

Note that Machu Pichu is closed to tourists until Feb. 28. International travelers are required to complete a 14-day quarantine after arriving in Peru. If you are going to book this deal, it probably makes sense to book for May or June — hopefully travel restrictions will have eased by then.

Fortunately, Delta allows you to cancel award flights for free. So if your plans do change, you should have no issue getting your miles back.

Earning Delta SkyMiles

If you don’t have any SkyMiles, you earn them from the following cards.

CardIntro bonusBest perkAnnual fee
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express CardEarn 35,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new card in your first 3 months of account opening.Free checked bag for you and up to eight travel companions on the same Delta flight reservation. Terms Apply.$99, waived for the first year. See (rates and fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express CardEarn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in the first 3 months of account opening.Free checked bag for you and up to eight travel companions on the same Delta flight reservation. Terms Apply.$99, waived for the first year. See (rates and fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express CardEarn 40,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first 3 months. Plus, earn a $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new card within your first 3 months of account opening.Priority boarding and a free checked bag for you and up to eight travel companions on the same Delta flight reservation. Terms apply.$250 See (rates and fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express CardEarn 45,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first 3 months. Plus, earn a $100 Statement Credit after your first Delta purchase on your new card in the first 3 months of account opening.Priority boarding and a free checked bag for you and up to eight travel companions on the same Delta flight reservation. Terms Apply.$250 See (rates and fees)

Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card
40,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Terms apply.
Complimentary Centurion Lounge and Delta SkyClub access$550 See (rates and fees)
Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card45,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Terms apply.
Earn an annual companion certificate each year when you renew your card. Terms apply.$550 See (rates and fees)

Airline credit cards, like these, are useful if you want to earn Delta miles and perks on Delta flights (to minimize the adverse effects of Basic Economy), like priority boarding, free checked bags and inflight purchase discounts. Just keep in mind that you won’t earn the welcome bonus in time for this particular award sale.

One nice feature of the Delta SkyMiles program is that Delta miles don’t expire, so once you’ve set up a Delta account you don’t need to worry about losing your miles. If you need more Delta SkyMiles in a pinch, you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Delta at a 1:1 ratio. The following travel cards earn Amex Membership Rewards points:

CardWelcome bonus & minimum spending requirements
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Earn 85,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases within your first three months of Card Membership.
Terms Apply.
American Express®️ Green CardEarn 30,000 Amex Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first three months of account opening. Terms Apply.
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American ExpressNo welcome bonus
The Platinum Card® from American Express
75,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $5,000 on purchases within the first six months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
American Express® Gold Card60,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $4,000 in purchases in the first six months of account opening. Terms Apply.
American Express® Business Gold CardEarn 70,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Gold Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 4/7/21. Terms Apply.
Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
15,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express10,000 Amex Membership Rewards® points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first three months of opening your account. Terms Apply.
The information for the Amex Green Card, Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card and Amex EveryDay Credit Card has been collected independently by Million Mile Secrets. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

These flights to Peru represent solid value for your Delta miles. Make sure you do some searching to see if your preferred departure is available for cheap.

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Featured photo by SpaceKris/Shutterstock.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Gold, click here.

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Gold Business, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Business, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve, click here

For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Reserve Business, click here

Joseph Hostetler is a full-time writer for Million Mile Secrets, covering miles and points tips and tricks, as well as helpful travel-related news and deals.

Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

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