Yesterday Delta started offering discounted awards on a handful of routes, on certain dates, for elites members. Apparently that was a ‘pre-sale’ and co-brand credit card holders could book as well.
Now the sale is open to everyone. It’s available on many although not all Europe routes.
Here’s Atlanta – Amsterdam for two passengers in economy:
Here’s New York JFK – London for two passengers in business:
I’m not really sure what the point of offering elites access to the sale a day early was, when Delta didn’t tell elites it was going on. If elites happened to be searching awards yesterday (or were reading certain blogs) they got to pay a lower price. If Delta had given members notice that would have been one thing of actual value, but most elites didn’t get to benefit from and weren’t even aware of this ‘special benefit’.
Key things to know:
- Discounted awards appear available on Delta flights (not partners) between the US and Europe, between mid-October and the end of February.
- The ‘normal’ price is 30,000 miles each way for economy and 62,500 for business. The discounted price is 21,000 miles each way for economy and 43,500 for business (with Western U.S. routes 24,000 and 50,000 respectively).
- You can include domestic connecting flights at these prices, provided you can find saver availability on those flights which are permissible for inclusion with international flights.
Considering that Star Alliance member Aeroplan charges 45,000 miles each way for business class between the US and Western Europe every day (here’s how to avoid fuel surcharges on those awards and don’t forget that Delta adds fuel surcharges to awards that originate in Europe), I don’t see that as truly exciting or better than the competition.
It’s just a short-term offer that’s better than the usual pricing from Delta. As I wrote yesterday, that this seems exciting is what the 43rd US President called “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
Still, if you want to book awards to Europe during the fall and winter months (which is when most people don’t want to go, it should come as no surprise that’s when this is offered) now is a good time to use SkyMiles. There’s no word on how long this sale will last.