Delta Is Offering Discounted Business Class Award Tickets To Europe

Delta offers a monthly SkyMiles flash sale, and they just shared the details of their latest one. Often these sales are just for domestic economy travel, so this one is pretty exciting, since it’s for longhaul international business class travel. Hopefully some of you can take advantage of this one.

Through this flash sale you can book roundtrip business class award tickets on Delta between the US and Europe starting at just 98,000 SkyMiles. The basic terms are as follows:

  • Book by 11:59PM PT on Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Travel between February 1 and May 21, 2018
  • Roundtrip travel is required
  • Only valid for travel on Delta “metal” between the lower 48 and Europe

According to Delta, this sale is valid for travel in the following markets:

Belgium Ireland
• Brussels (BRU) • Dublin (DUB)
Czech Republic • Shannon (SNN)*
• Prague (PRG)* Italy
Denmark • Rome (FCO)
• Copenhagen (CPH)* • Milan (MXP)
France • Venice (VCE)*
• Paris (CDG) Portugal
• Nice (NCE)* • Lisbon (LIS)*
Germany • Ponta Delgada, The Azores (PDL)*
• Duesseldorf (DUS) Spain
• Frankfurt (FRA) • Barcelona (BCN)
• Munich (MUC) • Madrid (MAD)
• Stuttgart (STR) • Malaga (AGP)*
• Berlin (TXL)* Switzerland
Greece • Zurich (ZRH)
•  Athens (ATH)* United Kingdom
Holland • Edinburgh (EDI)*
•  Amsterdam (AMS) • Glasgow (GLA)*
Iceland • London-Heathrow (LHR)
• Reykjavik (KEF)

As a point of comparison, ordinarily Delta charges 70,000 SkyMiles for their cheapest one-way business class awards, so this is a significant discount over their normal pricing, so assuming you can find eligible flights, this is like saving 30% on a business class award.

This is definitely a good use of SkyMiles, given that they’re getting less valuable. However, there are plenty of loyalty programs where this is close to their regular price. If you already have SkyMiles then by all means redeem this way, but before you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points (for example), consider the other options. Aeroplan charges 55,000 miles for one-way business class to Europe, and if you book a roundtrip they’ll even allow two stopovers, so for many that could be a better value.

Still, if you have SkyMiles and are thinking of going to Europe in the spring, this is a great opportunity.

Does anyone plan on taking advantage of this SkyMiles flash sale?

(Tip of the hat to Andrew B)


  1. How can Delta advertise the award redemption as a sale, if they don’t post the non-sale redemption cost? Just trust them?

  2. I saw this and then the dates and route I wanted cost the same as always even though they we listedin the above markets and times list. Delta has got the worst program ever! Essentially false advertising!

  3. I was able to book round trip from DCA to Amsterdam this afternoon! It perfectly aligned with a trip we already planned to take so wonderful luck.

  4. Thanks lucky

    Availability of this fare is razor thin from MSP
    But I did find ONE date MSP to AMS, a handful to London, and a small few to Nice

    They are all Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday departures…
    But these flights are commonly 250,000 to 450,000 miles…

    So it’s 50 to 80% off!

  5. “How can Delta advertise the award redemption as a sale, if they don’t post the non-sale redemption cost? Just trust them?“

    Although I agree with the sentiment, it is rare to find round trip awards for 140k miles from MSP

    I’ve never seen 98k

    So this is a sale

  6. > How can Delta advertise the award redemption as a sale,
    > if they don’t post the non-sale redemption cost?


    > I saw this and then the dates and route I wanted cost the same as always
    > even though they were listed in the above markets and times list.

    I just checked and found the same – the “normal price” is what the sale yields on a route I recently booked. So how can “yesterday’s normal price” be a “sale price”?

    There’s an obvious explanation: The “normal price” is about to go up: after this so-called “sale” the prices will increase – as they slipped about 2 weeks ago. Count on it.

  7. I am not getting this to work at all. Searching NTC to FCO roundtrip all in April. Rates are coming back huge, in the 300k range. If that route does not work what would? ATL to FCO does not even work. Bunch of time wasters.

  8. Sorry, that was meant to be NYC to FCO. Also not seeing SEA to AMS, or NYC to AMS. Hub to hub. If it actually does not work for that it basically is a sham.

  9. I can indeed find space for a few days in March SEA to AMS and back, at 98K miles. But right now I can book YVR to AMS for 84K RT on Flying Blue. This is indeed a good deal for Delta miles, if that’s all you have to spend.

  10. MSP and BOS seem to have unusually high excess capacity on the non-peak days. Even routing from the bigger DL int’l hubs. Unfortunately, the new A350 DTW-AMS route is nearly 300k.

  11. I booked travel from VPS (Destin, FL a incredibly small regional airport) to DUB, round-trip in Biz for 2 people @ 98k each. It’s indeed a sale as my Skymiles just netted me 4.3 cents a mile (revenue flights for the same date/time are $4250 pp). Yes, not having an award chart sucks and Yes, Skymiles in general are worth almost nothing usually but let’s give it to Delta this time an 8hr flight in Delta One for 49k miles isn’t a bad deal.

  12. Just booked Lax-Ams in late March. I had to call Delta to make it work. Could not book it online even though it showed availability.
    98 K for business RT on Delta is as good as it gets.

  13. Just got off the phone with delta for a few rewards that showed availability online. After a few failures online, they too were not able to book it for me.

    As a Diamond medallion, I am disappointed by this promotion as you can not book even the dates you find.

  14. @Roberto – if you fight it as a Diamond they will give it to you. I had a partner award on China Eastern showing avail for 190k rd trip to SIN in biz, wouldn’t allow me to book online and when I spoke to a delta rep they told me it was because “China Eastern hadn’t updated their availability and that rate was no longer valid”. If you fight for it, ask for a manager they will credit you the additional miles to fly delta medal. I got 90k skymiles from the manager and he booked me on all delta medal for the flight.

  15. Realistically the sale seems to be more like 119k round trip. I have only found one or two for 98k on a variety of routes, but am seeing quite a bit at 119k.

  16. JFK LHR in Late feb/Early march : booked for two each@ 98k miles +$285 taxes. Nonstop, seems like there’s decent availability for this route.

    Also seems like there’s good availability to/from CDG, but if you leave from NYC you’ll have to route through ATL or BOS. Taxes are about half for this route.

    I looked for availability to other cities (ATH/MXP/AMS), but wasn’t able to find any decent deals.

  17. Also interestingly enough: you can appear to be able to book open-jaw tickets and still qualify for the discounted pricing.

    EG: JFK => LHR && CDG => JFK (layover in DTW) can be had for 98k miles.

  18. Looks like more space opened up tonight. Just grabbed two Austin to London ticket for 98k each with no glitch…figured if we don’t go, can always get the miles back (award redeposit waved for plantinum/diamond)

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