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Airlines are big copycats and not surprisingly, Delta just joined British Airways, American and United and is now offering huge bonuses for premium class fares to London through the end of the year. Per the email:
“Fly round-trip between London-Heathrow and the U.S. in paid BusinessElite (Fare Classes: J, C, D, I, or S), now through December 31, 2011, and earn up to 150,000 bonus miles. Here’s how:
- 1st round trip earns 25,000 bonus miles.
- 2nd round trip earns 35,000 bonus miles.
- 3rd round trip earns 45,000 bonus miles.
- 4th round trip earns 45,000 bonus miles.
First register by December 15, then book and fly through December 31, 2011, on Delta-marketed and -operated or KLM-marketed/Delta-operated nonstop flights between the U.S. and London’s Heathrow airport.”
Business class fares are usually pretty steep – generally starting at around $3,000 and going up to $6,000 – or more, thus not really making these a good deal if you plan to pay for the fares out of your own pocket (if you have business travel anyway, these are a no brainer).
However, as I’ve written about before, there are steeply discounted business class fares over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. I just priced out JFK- London for $1,463 total. With this bonus and as a Diamond Medallion I’d receive the following miles for this flight:
6,903 base miles roundtrip
3,451 class of service bonus for buying a premium fare
8,628 Diamond 125% bonus
25,000 bonus miles for this promotion
43,982 Skymiles plus 10,356 Medallion Qualifying miles. Not quite a mileage run, but that’s a nice return and oh yea, you get to go to London on Delta’s lie flat business class seats, which I find very comfortable.
Too bad I already bought my discounted business class trip from LAX to Madrid and Rome, otherwise I’d try to route through London to get these additional bonuses! Fares around the Christmas holiday are also lower, but the cheapest I’ve found around around the week of Thanksgiving. To search on Delta for example, I recommend Delta.com -> Planning Tools -> Book a flight -> and then select Flexible Travel Dates or Flexible Weekend travel. I saw weekend fares from LAX and other West Coast cities for around $2,100 total roundtrip.
And remember, if you use your Amex Premier Rewards Gold card and book via Amex travel, you get a total of 4 American Express points per dollar spent on airfare! With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.
With some great bonus categories and an annual fee that’s waived for the first year, the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card has a lot going for it. If you don’t have PRG, now’s as good a time as any to add it to your wallet, as Amex added some great new benefits several months back.