Great Deal: Discounted Delta Awards To Europe

Via Frequent Miler, Delta is offering elite members and holders of the Delta American Express cards the opportunity to book discounted awards to Europe this Spring.

Well, at least I assume they’re discounted, given Delta doesn’t publish award charts, and has a pricing engine developed by either quantum physicists or kindergarteners.

Delta is communicating this as a two-day pre-sale event, and based on past trends I would expect this to be available to all SkyMiles members on Friday.

Economy awards are 48,000 miles round-trip, though I also see business class available to some cities for 87,000 round-trip, which is a heck of a deal.

And there are plenty of flights to London, at least:

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Delta doesn’t levy fuel surcharges on award tickets, so even with the UK Air Passenger Duty the taxes and fees are still reasonable:

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The details

To take advantage of the pre-sale, you must be logged in to your SkyMiles account. The sale is open to all SkyMiles Medallions, and all members who have a Gold, Platinum or Reserve (Consumer or Business) Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.

Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure, but no later than February 18, 2016, for travel between March 4, 2016 and all travel must be completed by May 31, 2016. There is also a seven day minimum stay requirement.

Beyond those restrictions, the following blackout dates also apply to selected cities:

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) to Boston, MA (BOS): March 4 – 15, 2016; March 17 – 31, 2016; April 21 – May 2, 2016
Boston, MA (BOS) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): March 4 – 14, 2016
Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Brussels, Belgium (BRU): March 4 – 13, 2016
Newark, NJ (EWR) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG): March 4 – 14, 2016
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) to Newark, NJ (EWR): March 4 – 14, 2016
Minneapolis, MN (MSP) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG): March 4 – 26, 2016; May 11 – 16, 2016; May 25 – 31, 2016
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) to Minneapolis, MN (MSP): March 4 – 28, 2016; April 6 – 11, 2016
Detroit, MI (DTW) to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA): March 4 – 14, 2016; May 7 – 31, 2016
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to Detroit, MI (DTW): March 4 – 14, 2016; May 7 – 31, 2016
Boston, MA (BOS) to London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR): March 4 – 15, 2016; March 23 – 28, 2016; April 13 – 17, 2016
London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) to Boston, MA (BOS): March 4 – 15, 2016; March 18 – 21, 2016; April 22 – 25, 2016
London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) to Seattle, WA (SEA): March 4 – 14, 2016; March 18 – 29, 2016; May 16 – 31, 2016
Seattle, WA (SEA) to London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR): March 4 – 14, 2016; March 16 – 31, 2016
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Nice, France (NCE): March 4 – 14, 2016; May 10 – 15, 2016; April 12 – 16, 2016
Nice, France (NCE) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): March 7 – 14, 2016; March 31 – April 4, 2016; May 20 – 23, 2016

You can find the full terms and conditions on this page of delta.com.

Need more points?

Keep in mind Delta is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, and points transfers are instant.

You will pay an excise fee for transferring Amex points to Delta, but it’s relatively minor, and capped at $99. If you have some Amex points, but not quite enough, American Express will sell you additional points as part of a transfer for 2.5¢ each.

Make sure to check availability prior to transferring points though, and remember that with events like this award space can change rapidly.

Bottom line

There are quite a few restrictions, so it’s not a wide-open sale, but if this fits with your schedule, this is a great, great, use of SkyMiles.

Medallions and co-branded card holders should definitely take advantage of the early access (you can always cancel within 24 hours), and hopefully we’ll see this sale open up to general members in the coming days.

Has anyone been able to take advantage of this sale? Where are you headed?

Comments

  1. I appreciate everyone talking about this but in all seriousness, Europe’s economy is soft, TATL travel is weak before the summer tourist season starts, and DL is realizing that it’s vastly overpriced these products. That’s all.

  2. Thanks for posting this. It looks like there’s decent coach award availability from JFK to AMS, LHR, and CDG (42k miles), although the fees to LHR are pretty high for a coach award ($180), whereas AMS is in the $50 range. I found best availability when setting the trip length to 8 days (not 7).

    On the Business class side, I’ve only found 87k to LHR ($300 in fees), AMS and CDG are all higher (125k).

    The good news for those flying out of JFK: there does seem to be coach award availability at these levels even during the NYC public school week, although you may have to yank your kids out for 1-2 days on one side or the other.

  3. By the way, the promotion will work for multi-city searches as well. So you can make your own open jaw itineraries as long as you stay in Europe.

  4. Oh..I just booked award tickets to Europe two weeks ago..

    I guess there’s no chance to get a price match?

  5. I booked biz from ATL to CDG for 87k, which I think is as good as it gets these days (with DL miles). Paris, see you in late May!!

  6. I am seeing good availability JAX to LHR for 87k – but not similar to other European destinations. Since we were last in London less than a year ago – and will be going to Madrid in May – think I’ll pass. Might be a good deal for other people.

  7. I’ve got a gold delta amex but I’m just a regular skymiles member – gave up any status when they added the mqd requirement – anyway, I cannot see any of the 87,000 fares. Do you happen to know if anyone else has this issue?

  8. Gee, since there is no Award Chart and most people have given up on DL’s mileage awards… they now have a sale?

    I never even think about using DL miles anymore. It’s hardly worth the trouble to even go to their site to look at using their miles as an option, so thanks for flagging something that doesn’t take “six figures” of miles to book.

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