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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
It’s rare enough to see Delta’s dynamic award redemption rates drop this low for a transatlantic trip. But a full-fare economy deal direct from New York to Europe — over peak summer travel times, no less — is incredible! So gather your SkyMiles and get yourself over to Zurich for just $59 in taxes. Availability for the 38,000 round-trip rates seem to be limited to mid-June. However, the next tier up costs just 48,000 SkyMiles round-trip, with a good amount of dates from June through next March, including holiday dates over Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Check this post for tips on booking award flights with SkyMiles.
Routes: JFK to ZRH
Cost: 38,000+ SkyMiles and $59+ in taxes round-trip
Dates: June 2018 — February 2019
Booking Link: Directly at Delta.com
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are some examples of dates you can book:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) nonstop for 38,000 SkyMiles and $59 in taxes in June:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for 43,000 SkyMiles and $59 in taxes in July/August:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for 48,000 SkyMiles and $59 in taxes in August/September:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for 48,000 SkyMiles and $59 in taxes in October:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for 48,000 SkyMiles and $59 in taxes in November:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for 48,000 SkyMiles and $59 in taxes in December:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card 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.
H/T: Miles to Memories
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