While we’re still in the midst of summer I have just booked my yearly ski trip and this time I am heading to Banff and Lake Louise up in Canada! The best part is that I was able get my myself and my dad to Calgary (YYC) for nearly free thanks to Delta award miles. While Delta runs a great airline I am not too keen on their frequent flyer program which means I limit my flying on them. For example, Delta has been trimming away their value of their miles for years and now they don’t even publish an award chart anymore… with more devaluation on the way for 2016 it was time to burn the miles I had left with them. In general it is really hard to find saver award space on Delta flights but we lucked out and both roundtrips were only 25k miles for MLK weekend with nearly perfect times (I only had 27k so it worked!). We also ended up on the same flights for both of the legs between Minneapolis (MSP) and Calgary (YYC). Flights to Calgary are usually in the $500 range so this ends being a great redemption of 1.74 cpm after backing out the $65 in taxes, so there can be some value to Delta miles!
Also helping this trip is a weak Canadian dollar when compared to the US dollar which is making this typically expensive Canadian ski trip a lot more reasonably priced. The plan is to ski both Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. I pretty excited as Lake Louise is on my destination list for winter and summer and I heard the snow up there is perfection. As for where we are staying that has yet to be determined but most likely in Banff. If anyone has suggestions let me know!
Just wanted to point out it is possible to get a reasonable value from Delta miles