Airline booking engines are notoriously buggy and sometimes they err in the favor of consumers and mis-price flights. Over the years, I’ve hopped on many of these fares (like the $149 Stockholm/Copenhagen bonanza earlier this year) and I’ve never had an issue with Delta/Skyteam honoring them.
Well, per this Flyertalk thread, KLM.com is currently pricing some itineraries to Europe extremely low. I won’t try to guess why, the bottom line is that you can get sub $400 roundtrip flights from many US cities to Europe.
However, there is one catch- you need to end your itinerary in Canada. However, it may be possible to route via your home hub and then take your Canadian flight at another time in the future.
So to book, just to go KLM.com and then select “Multiple destinations”. Then enter your home city to Europe and then somewhere in Europe (it can be the same city, but sometimes it’s better to choose a different city)- somewhere in Canada. If you can get the return flight to route through your home airport, all the better.
A Saturday night stay is required. This may take a little playing around with to get it to work, but you should get good results if you finesse it enough. These are N fares that earn 100% mileage with Delta, so not only is it a great way to go to Europe cheaply, but it can help you achieve elite status.
These deals never last long, but it’s late enough in the day/night that this should be around at least until morning. Do not call the airline- simply book these online and call it a day. Like I said, I’ve been on many of these cheap fares on Delta/Skyteam and I’ve never had an issue with them getting honored so just play it cool. In fact, on my last Copenhagen run on KLM, they placed me in their Premium Economy cabin for free (which I loved) since I am a Skyteam Elite Plus.
So, basically get tricky with this one. Apparently these fares are good well into 2012, so try a bunch of different dates and see the lowest you can get and please share your experience in the comments so you can help other TPG readers get cheap fares. If you find something you like book it- because no good deal lasts forever!
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