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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
Before you get too excited about these fares, know that you can do much better on oneworld carriers, such as American and British Airways, with round-trip business-class fares starting at just $1,450. If you’re loyal to SkyTeam, however, it might be worth spending a bit more to get those MQMs and MQDs.
Air France, Delta, KLM and Virgin Atlantic are all offering excellent business-class fares during the winter holidays, with departures available during Thanksgiving week and the last two weeks of December. Note that similar fares are available on Star Alliance airlines as well, including nonstop flights on United.
Route(s): EWR or JFK to AMS, CDG and LHR
Cost: $2,267-$2,400 round-trip in business
Dates: Select dates from November 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 10,664 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: Z
Booking Link: Orbitz, Delta
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred for general airfare bonuses; Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Amex or Delta Reserve cards for Delta bonuses.
Here are some examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) – Amsterdam (AMS) for $2,267 round-trip in business on KLM (earns 10,932 MQMs):
Newark (EWR) – Paris (CDG) for $2,290 round-trip in business on Delta (earns 10,948 MQMs):
New York (JFK) – Paris (CDG) for $2,290 round-trip in business on Air France (earns 10,906 MQMs):
New York (JFK) – London (LHR) for $2,400 round-trip in business on Virgin Atlantic (earns 10,356 MQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Remember, you can bank extra credit card points by using a card that maximizes airfare purchases, like 3x on airfare with the American Express Premier Rewards Gold and Citi Prestige (3x on airfare), or 2x on travel purchases the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Because this is a Delta fare sale, though, if you have a co-branded Delta Amex such as the Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles or Delta Reserve cards, you might want to consider using one of them instead to earn an additional 2x miles per $1 on your airfare. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Be sure to act fast if you’re interested — and if you get in on any of these deals, tell us about it in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.