A bit over a year ago Delta eliminated their award charts altogether, which was a rather controversial move. Their argument was that it’s easier for customers to simply go to delta.com and see how many miles a ticket requires, rather than having those pesky charts which show the costs. They argued that revenue tickets work that way, and award tickets should as well (bringing them yet another step closer to a revenue based redemption program, given that they’re basically trying to turn SkyMiles into a fixed value currency). That logic is especially problematic since Delta’s website doesn’t actually price award tickets correctly.
The reason I mention the above is because Delta has a sale for business class awards to Europe at the moment, at least as much of a sale as a company can have when they don’t actually publish award costs. 😉
Here are the major terms to be aware of:
- Valid for bookings through April 21, 2016
- Valid for travel between June 3 and October 29, 2016
- Minimum stay of seven days required
- 50 day advance purchase required
- Through this promotion, saver level roundtrip business class awards are being discounted from 125,000 SkyMiles to 105,000 SkyMiles
- Valid exclusively for travel in Delta business class on select routes, and not for travel on partner airlines, like Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, etc.
The promotion is valid in select markets, and there are some further blackout dates involved, which can be found at this link.
On the surface it might seem backwards for Delta to discount award tickets to Europe in summer, given that it’s peak travel season. The logic is that Europe is popular among leisure travelers in summer, but there aren’t many business travelers that time of year. In other words, economy cabins to Europe in summer are full, while the demand for business class isn’t as high.
Delta’s award availability this summer is quite good at the saver level, so there are lots of great opportunities here. Redeeming 52,500 miles one-way in business class is a great value, assuming there’s availability in a market which interests you.
If you do have your choice of aircraft, I’d definitely go for an A330 over a 767. The A330s feature reverse herringbone seats, while the 767s just feature staggered seats, which aren’t nearly as comfortable. Either way, Delta’s soft product is probably the best of any US carrier, so you can expect pretty good food and service.
This promotion won’t be for everyone, given the limited markets available, minimum stay requirements, blackout dates, etc. That being said, there are some great values to be had, so it’s worth at least glancing at the list if you have SkyMiles and are looking to travel this summer.
With Delta clearly doing everything they can to switch to a revenue based redemption system, it’s interesting to see them discounting business class tickets, rather than increasing the cost of them.
Will you be able to take advantage of Delta’s business class fare sale to Europe?