I fly Delta a lot and take advantage of their promos, but redeeming sky miles for airfare requires a PhD in patience and determination. The last time I used Sky Miles it was to get 2 tickets from ATL-DUB in coach for 90,000/ticket. Since I really only take 1 international vacation per year and I travel enough for work to get oodles of miles on various carriers I decided to see what the SkyMiles Marketplace had.
DH wants a mac mini to replace his computer that was stolen in the breakin, but the only program I’m in that allows those for points is Citi’s Thank You Points. I don’t keep too many TYPs on hand so I didn’t have the 115,000 it requires nor does TYP allow redemption for Amazon gift cards anymore (SPG is the only program I have seen that still has them). Since we are changing from satellite back to cable we can finally easily use more than 1 TV so that is what I looked for. Delta had many HDTVs in their marketplace. I decided to pretty much deplete my balance and get the biggest TV I could afford. Why? Well because sometimes you just have more points than money. Skymiles have little value to me compared to United miles so I will not use United miles to buy an iMac. Using Skymiles to purchase a TV is fine with me.
I used ~236,000 miles for a TV that retails for $1000. This isn’t really a great redemption, but when my choices are to sit on my pile of sky miles and grow it 250,000 per year or actually get something I chose actually get something.
My point is that it isn’t about always getting the most CPM, but about using miles for something that is worthwhile for *YOU*.