My husband and I have wanted to go to Maine in July, but it never fit in with our other travel plans. Delta, United and US Airways all fly from Philadelphia to Portland, Maine. US Airways is the only carrier that flies non-stop on this route. Both United and US Airways charge a fee of $75 per person for award bookings made within 21 days of departure for general members of their frequent flyer programs. This is on top of the $25 award booking fee that US Airways charges on all award tickets. My goal is to avoid as many extra fees as possible.
Delta does not charge a last minute booking fee for award tickets. When searching for Delta awards tickets for travel in the next several weeks, I was pleasantly surprised to find availability for low level award tickets of 25,000 miles per person round trip for several different destinations.
In April my husband applied for the Delta American Express business credit card. It included 30,000 miles after $500 in purchases using the card and a $50 statement credit for any Delta purchase within the first 3 month of cardmembership. Our two tickets cost 50,000 Delta SkyMiles plus $20 in taxes and fees. We are using his new Delta credit card to get the statement credit and will earn $30 for our tickets to Portland, Maine. If you have Delta SkyMiles, I suggest you check for last minute award tickets for 25,000 miles round trip and avoid extra fees other airlines charge.
Looking forward to our first trip to Maine. Our plan is to eat lobster and hopefully enjoy cooler temperatures. Do you have suggestions for our trip to Portland, Maine?