Deal Alert: US to Europe From 32,000 Miles Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Travelers who stocked up on Delta miles made a good bet, as the airline's award sales continue to wow. After Wednesday's domestic first class sale, the airline has now released discounted award flights to Europe.
It seems that you can fly from most major US airports to Brussels (BRU), London (LHR), Zurich (ZRH) and Madrid (MAD) with prices starting at 32,000 miles round-trip plus taxes and fees. Economy awards on Delta to Europe usually price around 60,000 miles round-trip — meaning you're getting about a 50% discount.
Delta has listed select routes that are eligible for the sale here, but it appears that routes outside those listed are discounted, too. You'll want to head to Delta.com and plug in your preferred departure and destination city and see if you can find cheap first-class awards.
The sale ends this Tuesday, Oct. 24, but some routes may still have reduced award pricing beyond the deadline.
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.
Routes: Flight from US Cities (ATL/BOS/EWR/JFK/IAD/BWI/ORD/SFO and likely more) to ZRH/LHR/BRU/MAD
Cost: From 32,000 miles plus taxes/fees starting at $58 round-trip
Travel Dates: January 15 to March 31, 2019
Purchase By: October 24
Restrictions: The terms and conditions note that a Saturday stay is required, but this restriction isn’t being applied in practice.
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for 32,000 miles + $58 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:
New York (JFK) to London (LHR) for 32,000 miles + $184 in taxes and fees round-trip nonstop:
San Francisco (SFO) to Zurich (ZRH) for 32,000 miles + $63 in taxes and fees round-trip:
New York (LGA/EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for 32,000 miles + $58 in taxes and fees round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Brussels (BRU) for 32,000 miles + $63 in taxes and fees round-trip:
Baltimore (BWI)/Washington DC (IAD) to Zurich (ZRH) for 32,000 miles + $63 in taxes and fees round-trip:
Chicago (ORD) to Brussels (BRU) for 32,000 miles + $63 in taxes and fees round-trip:
Boston (BOS) to Zurich (ZRH) for 34,000 miles + $63 in taxes and fees round-trip:
Atlanta (ATL) to Zurich (ZRH) for 36,000 miles + $63 in taxes and fees round-trip:
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 Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x 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 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.