Delta One flash sale: Business-class tickets to Europe starting at $2,085 round-trip

Oct 10, 2019

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Here’s something we don’t see often: a Delta One flash sale. We’re seeing fares from major Delta hubs like New York, Detroit and Atlanta starting at just $2,085 round-trip. This is a solid deal, as cash prices for some of these routes can cost over $3,000, while redeeming Delta SkyMiles can range from 280,000 to 505,000 miles each way.

While some routes are nonstop, some include a layover. Keep in mind that the type of Delta One product depends on your route and aircraft. I’m primarily seeing flights operated on 767-400.

As always, if you don’t see your city listed, still check as it’s possible it’s not listed in the sale, but you may still be able to snag a good deal. For instance, I was able to find fares from Washington, D.C. (IAD) through an email I received from Delta, even though D.C. isn’t listed on the sale page. Lastly, don’t wait to book as these deals are only available through Oct. 16.

If you’re aiming for status, these deals could be a great starting point. For example, the New York (JFK) to Dublin (DUB) fare will net you 9,540 Medallion Qualification Miles and $2,301 Medallion Qualification Dollars. If you’re starting from scratch, Delta Silver Medallion (which we value at $775) normally requires 25,000 MQMs or 30 Medallion Qualification Segments plus $3,000 MQDs.

There are several Amex Delta cards with limited-time elevated welcome bonuses right now until Oct. 30, 2019. Because Amex only allows you to earn the welcome bonus on each of its credit cards once per lifetime, it’s important to time your applications to hit increased bonus offers like this:

Related: How to fly Delta One suites to Europe

To search, head to Delta’s deal page and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline.

Airline: Delta
Routes: Major routes served by Delta, see full list here
Cost: $2,085+ round-trip in Delta One
Dates: January – March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to Dublin (DUB) for $2,085+ round-trip nonstop:

New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $2,088 round-trip nonstop:

Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Paris (CDG) for $2,166 round-trip nonstop:

Detroit (DTW) to Munich (MUC) for $2,324 round-trip:

New York (JFK) to Dublin (DUB) for $2,387 round-trip nonstop:

Atlanta (ATL) to Brussels (BRU) for $2,583 round-trip nonstop:

Washington, D.C (IAD) to Brussels (BRU) for $2,659 round-trip (returns to DCA):

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), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out our guide to the best cards for airfare purchases to learn more.

Featured photo courtesy of Zach Honig/The Points Guy.

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