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Well, the fun just got extended for a couple more weeks. The cheap ($1,500ish total roundtrip) Delta fare sale from Boston, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville to London has been extended to March 31. Ticket by March 31, 2011 and fly between March 26 – August 31, 2011. Remember, these fares book into I class, so you get a 50% SkyMiles and MQM bonus. So for a Tampa- Atlanta- Boston- London flight, you get 13,851 SkyMiles and Medallion Qualifying Miles for each roundtrip (plus any Medallion bonus you might have). The transatlantic flights are in Delta’s lie-flat BusinessElite cabin, so you will be experiencing one of the better business class products out there.
And if you don’t live in one of the target cities, you can always buy a separate ticket – for example JFK-BOS roundtrip can be as low as $100 round trip – just make sure you give yourself ample connection time, because Delta won’t automatically protect you if you miss your flight due to booking two separate itineraries (though since it’s all Delta, they’d probably take care of you).
To search for these fares, I recommend doing a flexible date search on Delta.com -> Planning and tools -> Book a flight
Then enter either BOS/MIA/JAX/MCO/TPA to LHR and select “My Dates are Flexible” and then under cabin “First/Business” and then either select a range of dates +/- 3 days or weekend travel (which will show a grid of Thursday-Tuesday travel).
Key things to note per the fare rules: (Seems to indicate a Saturday night stay, but others have booked without it)
TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR MUST COMMENCE NO
EARLIER THAN THE FIRST SUN AFTER DEPARTURE OF THE OUTBOUND
OR – TRAVEL FROM INBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR MUST
COMMENCE NO EARLIER THAN 3 DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE OF
THE OUTBOUND TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR.
TRAVEL FROM LAST SEGMENT MUST COMMENCE NO LATER THAN 90
DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN.
NO STOPOVERS PERMITTED
THE FARE COMPONENT MUST INCLUDE TRAVEL VIA EACH
TRANSATLANTIC SECTOR ON
ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
DL FLIGHT 270
DL FLIGHT 271
DL FLIGHT 144
DL FLIGHT 145
DL FLIGHT 260
DL FLIGHT 261
TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE IN CASE OF CANCEL/NO-SHOW.
WAIVED FOR ILLNESS OR DEATH OF PASSENGER OR FAMILY
1. RESERVATION CANCELLED PRIOR TO THE ORIGINALLY
SCHEDULED FLIGHT RETAINS TICKET VALUE/LESS
APPLICABLE CANCELLATION FEE IN CHANGE PARAGRAPH
UP TO ONE YEAR FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE OF TICKET
ISSUE. IF THE TICKETED FLT RESERVATION IS NOT
CANCELLED PRIOR TO TICKETED FLT DEPARTURE TIME/
REBOOKING IS NOT PERMITTED AND TKT HAS NO VALUE
CHARGE USD 400.00.
CHILD/INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
– MAY ONLY CHANGE DATE OF TRAVEL/NO REROUTING
– ALL TICKETS MUST BE REISSUED
– SEE /CHILD/INFANT DISCOUNT/ IN FARE RULE TO
DETERMINE IF APPLICABLE – NO CHANGE FEE IF UNDER
2 YEARS OF AGE NOT OCCUPYING A SEAT
– RESERVATION CHANGES MADE PRIOR TO THE ORIGINALLY
SCHEDULED FLIGHT RETAINS TKT VALUE LESS THE
APPLICABLE CHANGE FEE UP TO ONE YEAR FROM THE
ORIGINAL DATE OF TICKET ISSUANCE.
– CHANGES RESULTING IN A HIGHER FARE MUST BE ADD
COLLECTED AT THE TIME OF REISSUE