Deal Alert: Delta Awards to London From 36,000 SkyMiles Round-Trip

Aug 1, 2018

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Although Delta’s SkyMiles program doesn’t have the best reputation, it frequently has flash sales for award flights featuring fantastic deals such as flights to Asia for 50,000 SkyMiles round-trip, Bermuda for 12,000 and Mexico for 12,000. And now, it’s offering flights to London (LHR) from 36,000 SkyMiles round-trip. The discounted awards are available out of most cities Delta and partner airline Virgin Atlantic service in the US, and although Delta’s website says that the sale is only valid for travel from September 2018 to March 2019, we’re seeing availability through June. 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. The sale ends August 2, 2018, at 11:59pm ET, so you’ll want to book soon if you want to take advantage of the deal.

Airline: Delta, Virgin Atlantic
Routes: US Cities (ATL/AUS/BOS/BWI/CLE/CLT/DEN/DFW/EWR/FLL/JFK/LAS/LAX/LGA/MCO/MIA/ORD/PHX/SEA/SFO + others) to LHR
Cost: 36,000+ SkyMiles and $184+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2018 – June 2019
Booking Link: Directly with Delta
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to London (LHR) for 36,000 miles + $184 in taxes and fees round-trip in September: 

New York (JFK) to London (LHR) for 36,000 miles + $184 in taxes and fees round-trip in October: 

Chicago (ORD) to London (LHR) for 36,000 miles + $189 in taxes and fees round-trip in April 2019:

Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) for 36,000 miles + $189 in taxes and fees round-trip in November: 

Seattle (SEA) to London (LHR) for 42,000 miles + $189 in taxes and fees round-trip in June 2019:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (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 applying 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 a bonus of 30,000 bonus miles after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in purchases within your first 3 months and a $50 Statement Credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Terms Apply.

H/T: Thrifty Traveler

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