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Delta SkyMiles has just announced an awesome award sale for travel between the US and Europe. The promotion is valid for travel in both business class and economy class, so it’s a great way to snag a discounted award ticket to Europe anytime over the next eight (or so) months.
Through this promotion, roundtrip economy class awards start at just 49,000 miles, while roundtrip business class awards start at just 102,000 miles.
The major terms of the promotion are as follows:
- Valid for bookings through August 25, 2016
- Valid for travel between September 23, 2016, and April 6, 2017
- Minimum stay of seven days, and maximum stay of three months
- 28 day advance purchase required
- Valid exclusively for travel on Delta on select routes, and not for travel on partner airlines, like Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, etc.
The following markets are eligible for the promotion:
- Atlanta to Dusseldorf
- Boston to London
- Cincinnati to Paris
- Detroit to Frankfurt
- New York to Amsterdam
- New York to Madrid
- New York to Paris
- New York to Zurich
- Newark to Amsterdam
- Newark to Paris
- Salt Lake City to Amsterdam
- Seattle to Amsterdam
Furthermore, there are some further blackout dates (significant in some cases), which can be found at this link.
Delta’s award availability on their own metal for flights to Europe is generally quite good, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding saver level space for travel on Delta that’s promotion eligible.
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.
If you don’t actually have Delta SkyMiles, keep in mind they’re transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards, so you can transfer them over. If you’re looking to maximize Membership Rewards points (which is the best way to earn Delta miles through credit card spend), I’d recommend using the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card or Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.
This promotion won’t be for everyone, given the limited markets available, minimum stay requirements, blackout dates, roundtrip requirement, etc. That being said, there are some great values to be had, and Delta’s reverse herringbone A330 business class is one of the best available between the US and Europe. While this isn’t really peak season for leisure travel to Europe, it is nice that the promotion is valid for a travel period of almost eight months.
Ultimately Delta’s normal saver level award seats aren’t that much more expensive, at 125,000 miles roundtrip between the US and Europe. That might almost be worth it, especially if you can snag Air France’s new business class product, or otherwise Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class product. It’s also useful if traveling one way.
Will you be able to take advantage of Delta’s business class fare sale to Europe?
(Tip of the hat to Rene’s Points)