Great SkyTeam Business Class Fares From Germany To The US

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At the moment SkyTeam has some phenomenal business class fares for travel from Germany to the US. Roundtrip fares are $1,600-1,700, and perhaps what’s most exceptional is that you can travel as far as Los Angeles for that price. Fares are valid out of several German cities (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, etc.) for travel to a few US cities (including Houston, Los Angeles, and New York).

The fare is valid for outbound travel through April 5, 2018, or for outbound travel between November 1 and December 21, 2018.

Obviously this is most useful for people based in Europe, though if you travel to Europe with some frequency, this can also be a great way to tie together a couple of trips. The fare is valid on Air France, Alitalia, Delta, KLM, etc.

Here are just a few examples:

You can even stretch the routing a bit if you want. For example, KLM doesn’t fly the 787 to Los Angeles, but does fly it to San Francisco. The 787 features their new reverse herringbone seats, so it’s a nicer ride than what you get to Los Angeles. You could easily route via San Francisco:

This is an opportunity to earn a ton of elite qualifying miles and elite qualifying dollars with Delta SkyMiles. Let’s take the above Alitalia ticket, which covers a distance of 13,900 miles roundtrip. If booked on Alitalia ticket stock and credited to SkyMiles you’d earn:

  • 27,800 redeemable miles (200% of distance flown)
  • 20,850 elite qualifying miles (150% of the distance flown)
  • 5,560 elite qualifying dollars (40% of the distance flown — this is huge, since the same ticket on Delta would earn you 1,500 elite qualifying dollars, since that’s the cost of the ticket pre-taxes)

I’m tempted to book one of these, as it would sure help me to satisfy the revenue requirement for Diamond status with Delta, now that you can’t easily qualify with credit card spend anymore.

You can use ITA Matrix and Google Flights to find these fares. Then if you want to potentially save even more on the cost of a ticket you can book through Momondo, as they often have lower fares (I’m seeing fares that are about $100 cheaper roundtrip in some cases). However, do be aware that if you need to make changes or in the event of irregular operations this could complicate things, since they link to some obscure OTAs.

If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earnThe Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.

Anyone tempted to take advantage of one of these great SkyTeam fares?

(Tip of the hat to FlyingFrZ)

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Comments

  1. Speaking of fares, I thought it would be fitting to point out that Hong Kong Airlines is now offering US$1450 roundtrip fares between Tokyo and Melbourne through Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong to Melbourne flight operated by Virgin Australia. Just seemed like an amazing fare to share and there are similar ones that might potentially get you on a Hong Kong Airlines A350 🙂

  2. So I would get 28k miles which I can use for some award ticket? What can I get for 28k on Delta account?

  3. Lucky you should definitely book this as you haven’t reviewed KLM’s new reverse herringbone business class yet.

  4. KLM/AF are doing lots of business promotions currently (although strictly speaking I have seen these kind of fares quite often for business before).
    As long as you are getting a stop in there via AMS or CDG you should easily get return fares for 1700USD. Try most UK cities, German cities etc. basically anything outside of Holland and France.

  5. Great value for AF business class on the 787. Not sure if they’ve installed the new business cabin on their 777 or A380’s yet, but I had a good experience on my short YUL-CDG 6 hour flight in the new 787 business cabin. Friendly service, comfortable seat and great food menu.

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