Back in December, Skymall had a promotion with Delta where they were giving 25,000 skymiles out with each order over $500 for the first 1,000 orders. I like many others took advantage of this offer and since now all of my miles have posted I wanted to post my results so you can decide if it is worth it to do these sorts of offers in the future. I will admit, I didn’t make the most of this offer but I am happy with my results.
I placed 4 separate orders for Galaxy tablets that ended up after tax and shipping with a cost of $666 each. Additionally I was able to price match to Best Buy and received a credit of $50 per order. This gave me a total cost of $2464 which I put on my Chase Sapphire Preferred which gave me 2464 Ultimate Reward points. I then was able to sell all four of the tablets on Craigslist for $480, $450, $450, and $400. The price varied so much because I was only able to sell the first one in the high demand before Christmas time and the remaining ones after. This means I received $1780 for a net loss of $684.
So in essence I paid $684 for 100,000 skymiles or a little less than .7 cents per mile. One of my potential uses for these miles will be a business class award ticket back to one of my favorite places, Thailand. I compared the fare over the same dates that I could use these miles and ended with with a ticket that was over $7,000! While I would never pay that much for a ticket, it shows that I could end up with $7,000 in value for $684 out of pocket. Another way to look at it would be two coach seats from Miami to Thailand which are worth at least $1,200 each. That gives you $2,400 in value for $684 cost. Quite a deal! For a long haul flight like that though I would never fly coach unless I had no other options.
So there you have it and I hope this helps you in the future deciding if a promo is right for you! I know I will be taking advantage of this promo next time it is offered and will tell all of you about it here on TravelWithMiles.com.