I’ve been a strong critic of Delta SkyMiles. Theirs are one of my least-preferred currencies. I’d much rather have miles with United, American, or Alaska. I’d much rather have miles with Aeroplan, Singapore, or Japan Airlines. I’d much rather have miles with Korean Air in Skyteam.
They say awards may cost more for travel June 1 onward and indeed some awards are mind-bogglingly expensive. Of course we don’t know how much awards are ‘supposed to’ cost, since Delta no longer publishes award charts. Awards cost what Delta says they cost on any given itinerary. Which is super-frustrating because at least historically Delta has regularly mispriced (always overcharging) awards. Now ‘mispriced’ is just ‘priced’.
In fairness Delta says award charts are no longer needed since their award calendar is so good though not all partner airlines are on the website and routes often simply error out.
Yet right now availability for summer business class travel to Europe is quite good at least on some routes. So redeem those Delta SkyMiles now for 62,500 miles each way.
Delta 777 Business Class
Here’s New York JFK – London for 2 passengers in June/July.
Even Atlanta-London availability is pretty good. With the concentration of Delta flyers in Atlanta awards originating there can sometimes be quite hard to get.
Here’s the calendar for London – Atlanta for 2 passengers in July/August.
Availability is broader than London, of course. Here’s New York JFK – Rome.
And here’s Detroit – Munich.
Not every Delta international route has great availability, and there are some flights where you’ll pay the kind of prices you’d expect to see from Air Zimbabwe’s Rainbow Club.
Here’s an Atlanta – Johannesburg itinerary. It’s for non-stop Delta flights, so there are no connections or partners or ‘breaking the fare’. Two passengers roundtrip in business class for the bargain price of 1.1 million points. (Several dates price 375,000 miles one-way per person. When you search roundtrip the price is ‘only’ 550,000. So much for Delta’s one-way awards that cost only half roundtrip.)