1. Get Rewarded

Sign up for the SkyMiles credit card and enjoy some of the best savings available on Delta fares. Members get instant access to bonus miles as well as discounts on in-flight purchases, one free checked bag and other great perks. Be sure to check the fine print, as some Delta deals are restricted to a certain card. As a SkyMiles member, you can also get $100 off vacation packages of $599-$4,999 or $250 off vacation packages of $5,000 or more during your birthday month.

2. Timing that Pays Off

The expert consensus seems to be that the cheapest time to buy plane tickets is Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Also, the farther from your departure date, the better. As for departure times, red‐eyes and dawn flights, as well as those departing at mealtimes, are among the cheapest.

3. Watch for Lower Fares

Delta’s Best Fare Guarantee applies to any Delta tickets you purchase online. Find a lower fare for the same itinerary on another website, and receive a refund for the difference. Simply submit your claim and it will be reviewed to make sure it qualifies. If your claim is approved, you’ll also receive an airline travel voucher for $100.