Deal Alert: New York to Europe for 28,000 SkyMiles Round-Trip
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Even though Delta doesn't publish an award chart and can sometimes charge sky-high rates for mileage redemptions, it does occasionally have massively discounted award flights. Conventional wisdom says award flights from the US to Europe don't dip below 60,000 SkyMiles round-trip, however, we're seeing nonstop flights from New York to Europe for as few as 28,000 miles.
The cheapest route is to Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH), but you'll find discounted flights to London (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Rome (FCO), too.
Flights are available from September 2018 through June 2019, and most itineraries include a connection.
If you don't have enough SkyMiles in your account, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards (instant transfer) or SPG Starpoints (1.5-day transfer) to Delta at a 1:1 ratio. Note that when transferring Starpoints, you'll get a 5,000-mile bonus for every 20,000 you transfer. Once the miles are in your account, head over to the Delta website and book directly through the airline.
Remember to pay the taxes and fees with a card like the The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) to maximize your points earnings or the Citi Prestige for its excellent trip delay insurance.
Routes: JFK/LGA/EWR to ZRH/FCO/LHR/CDG
Cost: From 28,000 miles plus taxes/fees starting at $57 round-trip
Dates: September 2018 - June 2019
Booking Link: Delta
Pay Taxes and Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) nonstop for 28,000 SkyMiles and $57:
New York (LGA) to London (LHR) for 36,000 SkyMiles and $191:
New York (EWR/LGA) to Paris (CDG) for 40,000 SkyMiles and $90:
New York (JFK)/Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) for 53,000 SkyMiles and $77:
H/T: TPG Reader Ariana T.