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Delta is going above an beyond when it comes to last week’s mistake fare. They could have taken the stand that unless you got a ticket number it was too bad for you. They are not going that way. If you still don’t have your tickets due to a Priceline issue, do not give up and take the time. For some readers it took hours and hours but so well worth it!
But what if you missed out? How good were the deals? A bunch of people got tickets from NYC to LAX (some in 1st but many in coach) and they paid as little as $25 for the seats. But what if you could pay even LESS than $25 for a ticket? Would you jump all over a $17.80 cent transcon fare? It is not that hard so just take a look:
The Barclays Arrival card is one of the simplest points cards ever. How simple? Let me break it down:
1) Pay for your Delta ticket with the card and wait for it to post
2) Log on to Barclays and redeem points to cover the charge
3) There is no step three, it is that simple.
Now there are some tiny restrictions to get max benefit. For example, in the above ticket, you cannot redeem 31,780 points. You have to go with either 30,000 and get $300 credit or 32,500 to wipe the total charge. Clearly you are tossing away points at the higher level so just pay the $17.80 yourself.
Oh and wait, this gets even better. Keep in mind, as far as Delta is concerned, you are just paying for this ticket. So, if you happen to be Gold or Platinum Medallion, you are earning 2x Delta points for the trip, that is 9900 worth at least 1 cent each so getting $99 in value back. Plus, you are picking up a kool 4950 MQMs and even 276 dollars MQD credit for 2014!
But I hope this makes my point of how great a deal this can be for coach travel. The Barclays Arrival card, after spending just
$1000 (now $3000) in the first 90 days of card membership, gives you 40,000 bonus points worth $400. In my example, after redemption, you would still have 10,000 bonus points left plus 2,000 from meeting the spend (they pay 2x points on everything) and btw they give you a 10% rebate on points when you redeem them so you will, in 1-2 weeks, get 3000 more points back.
Who needs a mistake fare when you can do the above and fly coast to coast for just $17.80 plus some points!- René