Flash Sale: Head to Canada for 20,000 Miles or Less!

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Yesterday was our first time attending a swim meet, and let’s just say I was woefully unprepared for the realities that a swim meet apparently entails. I showed up at the appointed time with a water bottle, a juice box, C’s swim gear, and a couple towels. I figured we would be there about two hours, watch her swim a few races from one of the countless chairs near the pool, and maybe chat with others watching the meet. Wrong.


Nope, at the appointed time to arrive (which was still an hour before the meet) all of the chairs were already taken. A bottle of water lasted you about 15 minutes in the scorching sun, and two hours in, only one of her four scheduled races had taken place. We left halfway through the meet all half-dead from heat exhaustion, and we vowed to do better for the next meet. Other more prepared parents had a fully stocked cooler with things like peeled and sliced grapes, cheese boards, tents, chairs, stopwatches, personalized shirts, and probably enough supplies to last a week in the desert as opposed to my two towels, water bottle, and juice box. Hey, at least we had the cap and goggles…

As we sat there feeling ridiculous and melting in the 95 degree heat (with a one year old!) my mind thought how much nicer some outdoors time would be somewhere a bit cooler. Maybe somewhere like….Canada. Well, turns out that Canada is the destination for the June Delta SkyMiles Flash Sale.

If you book by June 14, 2017, you can travel from September 5 – November 14, 2017, for as low as 20,000 Delta SkyMiles (plus taxes and fees) round trip from the US 48 to:

  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Victoria (YYJ)
  • Ottawa (YOW)
  • Winnipeg (YWG)
  • Calgary (YYC)

In reality I am seeing award prices start lower than 20,000 miles per round trip in several cases, so I would consider 20,000 miles per round trip a rough target, as it could be more or potentially even less depending on your route and dates.


While we are on the topic of Delta, remember that the limited time sign-up bonuses run through July 5th, and if you booked one of these flash sale awards and paid with your new Delta Amex, then paying the taxes/fees would be sufficient to trigger the $50 – $100 statement credits that come with those sign-up bonuses!

Anyone else have cooler weather and Canada on their minds?

Or heck, if you even just have tips for surviving 95+ degree outdoor swim meets in Texas when you kid still can’t even do most of the strokes the full length of the pool, let me know…


Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in the first 4 months + a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 4 months. $0 annual fee for the first year, then $95. Terms Apply.

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $4,000 in purchases in your first 4 months + $100 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase in the first 4 months. $195 annual fee. Terms Apply.


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  1. Thanks, you brought smile to my face.
    Welcome to wonderful world of child rearing.
    Just think, you have 20 more years of this, and it only gets better.

    For swim meets, bring you own chair and sun blocking umbrella, with 60 quart ice chest with wheels.

    Maybe I can finally use my useless Delta miles… I am sitting on 200K

    Thanks for the story.


    • Thanks – yes, your own chairs seem absolutely essential and tents a very close second. Getting there earlier than the one hour before time seems also key. Crazy! I’m so not good at that sort of packing just yet.

      Thanks for weighing in and hope you can put some SkyMiles to use!

  2. Hey it’s 81 degrees in Toronto today. All our igloos melted on the weekend!

    Not too sure what you consider cool weather.

    • Ha ha – well 81 isn’t cool, but I guess it is cooler than 95. We actually head to Rhode Island very soon and it has been 90 there as well…dropping before we arrive though THANKGOODNESS!

  3. Thanks for the heads-up. And for the Canadians looking to stay warm as the winter draws closer, this offer also seems to be good the other way, i.e. from Canada to the U.S. on those chilly late October days….

  4. Oh what fun you have ahead of you! I still remember writing “participation” ribbons, as well as the few “actual” ribbons while the summer sky was getting so dark that I could barely see. Then there’s the perennial fun of going to the meet waiting for it to start, hearing thunder, then everybody out, wait another 30-45 minutes, head into the pool, oh no, more thunder, start the process again, then hours after it all began leave because of course the late afternoon thunderstorm finally happened!

  5. Summer, it could be worse the other way around. My SO has terrible memories of being on the swim team in New Jersey. The pool was outdoors and UNHEATED in 50 degree spring practice weather. He only lasted 1 season.

  6. Add Vancouver (YVR) to the list of Canadian destinations. One ways for 10K or less too. Perfect for those wanting to take an Alaskan or Pacific Coastal cruise too. I live in a small town (GFK) where Delta is the only carrier. I don’t think redemption’s to Canada have ever been this low before. Too bad I booked a Delta one way ticket on September 29 a few months ago through the Chase portal. Back then I was excited to get a one way for 16K.

  7. The American dollar is worth about $1.40 Canadian so that will really make travelling here awesome moneywise. The special is for the fall season so pretty comparable to the Northeastern states in terms of weather! Depends what you want to do. Google some Canadian cities. I live right between Toronto and Niagara Falls – lots to do!

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