Deal Alert: Award Flights to Europe From 30,000 SkyMiles Round-Trip

Feb 21, 2019

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Delta’s back with yet another great award sale to Europe. You can fly from a wide variety of US cities including Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC to a number of European cities starting at just 30,000 SkyMiles round-trip.

At current TPG valuations, 30,000 SkyMiles are worth just $360. Adding in taxes and fees starting at $56 and this is equivalent to scoring a $416 round-trip deal. While we’ve seen cheaper revenue flights to Europe on Delta recently, those deals are in basic economy. Although Delta is experimenting with basic economy awards, all of these examples book into the Main Cabin fare class. So you’ll be able to check up to a 50 pound bag each way and select your seat for free for the flight over to Europe.

If you’re short on miles, remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points into your SkyMiles account at 1:1 ratio.

Given how widespread this sale is, your best bet would be to head to Delta.com and search around for the route of your choice to see how it’s pricing. It’s unclear when the sale ends, so you’ll want to book soon to take advantage of the deal.

Airline: Delta
Routes: US Cities (IAD/JFK/BOS/ORD/CLE/LAX/IND/PHL and likely others) to Europe (KEF/CDG/LHR/AMS/FRA/FCO/BCN/ATH/NCE and likely others)
Cost: 30,000+ SkyMiles and $56+ round-trip in economy
Booking Link: Direct with Delta
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire Reserve CardAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel).

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Washington DC Dulles (IAD) to Reykjavík (KEF) for 30,000 miles + $56 in taxes and fees round-trip:

New York Kennedy (JFK) to Reykjavík (KEF) for 32,000 miles + $50 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:

New York Kennedy (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for 32,000 miles + $57 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:

Chicago (ORD) to Paris (CDG) for 40,000 miles + $89 in taxes and fees round-trip:

New York Kennedy (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) for 42,000 miles + $57 in taxes and fees round-trip:

New York Kennedy (JFK) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 44,000 miles + $184 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Washington DC (IAD/DCA) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 44,000 miles + $190 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Washington DC (IAD) to Paris (CDG) for 45,000 miles + $89 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) for 48,000 miles + $83 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:

New York Kennedy (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for 46,000 miles + $47 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:

Boston (BOS) to London Heathrow (LHR) for 48,000 miles + $184 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Indianapolis (IND) to Nice (NCE) for 50,000 miles + $65 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Indianapolis (IND) to Paris (CDG) for 50,000 miles + $89 in taxes and fees round-trip:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve CardAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you don’t have enough SkyMiles in your account, consider signing up for one of the Delta credit cards to ensure you’re able to take advantage of a deal next time one pops up. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express currently comes with 60,000 bonus miles after you use your new card to make $2,000 in purchases within your first three months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first three months. Offer expires 10/30/2019. Plus, this is a great card for defeating basic economy.

H/T: Award Travel 101

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Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express

If you are a Delta flyer who is eligible for a business credit card 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.

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More Things to Know
  • Make business travel more rewarding. Earn 30,000 bonus miles after you make $1,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Additionally, earn a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
  • Earn 2 Miles per dollar spent on eligible purchases made directly with Delta. Earn 1 mile on every eligible dollar spent on purchases.
  • Find room for your carry-on and settle into your seat sooner with Main Cabin 1 Priority Boarding.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you spend overseas.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95. Terms and limitations apply
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17.49% - 26.49% Variable
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