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Even though political unrest is a factor when it comes to travel to Russia, for those interested in booking some cheap flights to Russia, Delta is offering flights from New York (JFK) to Moscow for $379 round-trip. You can search for flights using the ITA Matrix, which will give you a calendar view of all the available dates.
Once you find the available dates, you can head over to Delta’s site, where you can book these flights directly.
In addition, if you wanted to build in a stopover in Amsterdam, you could that in for these fares and just pay a bit more in taxes/fees bringing the total up to $423.
If you plan on spending more than 24 hours in Russia, you’ll need a Visa which costs $160, which is valid for three years. If you plan on just connecting through Russia for less than 24 hours, you do not need a Visa. However, the general trend we’ve seen the past few years is cheap fares to Russia are usually offered each winter from $300-$550 round-trip on Delta, so if you wanted to go back next winter, you’d already have the Visa taken care of. If you have visa or passport questions, check out these posts from our friends at Allied Passport.
When it comes to upgrades, these flights book into Delta’s V fare class meaning they’re not upgrade eligible, unless you’re a Delta Diamond Medallion and wish to use apply a Global Upgrade Certificate. Now that Delta has shifted to a revenue-based earning system, these flights won’t be a great way to earn extra miles, but you’ll still get substantial credit toward elite status. From New York (JFK) to Moscow, you would earn 9,322 Medallion Qualifying Miles, and as a Platinum Medallion 2,511 SkyMiles (less, of course, for Gold, Silver and non-Medallion members).
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Do you plan on taking advantage of this deal? Feel free to comment below if you do!
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