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Update: Awards must be ticketed by August 21 for travel between October 20 and February 29, 2016. Destinations include Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Paris and Zurich.
Yesterday, Delta began offering fantastic award rates for flights to Europe this fall and winter, including just 21,000 miles each way in coach and 43,500 miles each way in business from the East Coast (West Coast for only a bit more), with great availability from all Delta hubs (and even select connecting routes). Last night, Delta reps confirmed the sale to Delta Points, clarifying that yesterday’s discounts were part of an unadvertised one-day sale for elites and members with co-brand cards, such as the Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex card.
And now for some even better news: The new rates are still around, and they’re available to all SkyMiles members — even if you don’t have status or a Delta credit card, you can book flights at these discounted rates. I logged in from my own account (no status and no card) and was able to pull up the following flights:
New York to Amsterdam in coach:
New York to Amsterdam in business:
Considering that Delta awards normally run several times these rates, this is a fantastic deal.
Availability is excellent. Here’s a search for four people in January and February:
Business on the same route (still for four passengers) isn’t quite as good, but still pretty decent:
See this post for more examples of what you can book. Unfortunately Delta still hasn’t formally announced the sale, so it’s unclear how long these reduced rates will be sticking around. If you’re planning to travel to Europe (or you have a lot of Delta miles to burn), get to booking! If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases.
If you are a Delta flyer who is looking to bank some extra miles this card is a great addition for your wallet. While you'll earn 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases and 1 mile per dollar on everything else, you'll also have access to other perks like priority boarding, a first bag checked free and 20% off in-flight purchases.