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Huge London Flight Bonuses and Discounted Holiday Fares

by on October 10, 2011 · 12 comments

in American Airlines, British Airways, United

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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!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tristan.rouse Tristan J C Rouse

    P.G., what would you consider a better DL mileage run during this time frame that’s cheaper overall?

  • Anonymous

    Newbie question:

    To qualify, must be a “paid” fare, so what if one uses AmEx PRG to “pay”
    & then, within PRG, pays with points?

    Or have I got the way “pay with points” works, wrong? regards.

  • Anonymous

    Amex Pay With Points would qualify as a paid fare- Amex actually buys the ticket from Delta when you go that route and you earn all mile associated.

  • Anonymous

    depends on where you are based. I’d check out this forum for current mileage run deals http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/mileage-run-deals-372/

  • Dewhit6959

    Check the Delta- Miami – LHR economy round trip fares for mileage runs. Currently on sale. I found Fri outbound/Sun Inbound for $678.00 All fee’s. Economy Comfort 764 aircraft available and the system will let you book outbound and inbound flight on Sat/Sun turn if you feel comfortable with a one hour window at LHR . ATL- MIA R/T is discounted now for midweek and Sat flights.

  • Dewhit6959

    Check the Delta- Miami – LHR economy round trip fares for mileage runs. Currently on sale. I found Fri outbound/Sun Inbound for $678.00 All fee’s. Economy Comfort 764 aircraft available and the system will let you book outbound and inbound flight on Sat/Sun turn if you feel comfortable with a one hour window at LHR . ATL- MIA R/T is discounted now for midweek and Sat flights.

  • NYC Traveler

    Could you combine this with a platinum amex companion ticket? If so, how much more would getting 2 people to london in business class be than getting 2 economy tickets once you take into account all of the miles and points you get?

  • Carl

    thanks for the heads-up. For those of us in Hawaii, UA has HNL-LHR in business for $2,300 all-in. Now that is a Z fare, so no 25,000 bonus, but still a great deal and good itinerary as well. Depart Thanksgiving morning and arrive Friday morning, return on Sunday.

  • Guesty McGuesterson

    Brian, the email you quoted states that you need to register by December 15 … but unless I am just stupid and/or blind, I am not seeing any registration code in your post. Is that because it is by invite only?

  • Guesty McGuesterson

    Brian, the email you quoted states that you need to register by December 15 … but unless I am just stupid and/or blind, I am not seeing any registration code in your post. Is that because it is by invite only?

  • mendy

    What dates?

    ANyone find anything decent for JFK-LON?

    Is premium economy included in this deal?

  • Dewhit6959

    Mendy… for this you can use the Delta site and just start checking dates. Check TPA, MCO, JAX and MIA for departures. The stops can be very varied, but Medallion desk is good at finding earlier flights at same fare. Yesterday MCO-LHR(thru MIA) was advertised on several sites. Premium Economy is available per Medallion rules. Free Plat and Diamond.

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