Delta Points produces examples of Delta offering Europe roundtrips for 42,000 miles in economy and 106,000 miles in business class.
That’s 30% and 15% off the ‘low’ or ‘level 1’ award price (or at least what low or level 1 used to be when Delta published award prices).
However I cannot replicate this, which leads me to wonder whether this is being offered to Delta’s elites only.
My search for just one passenger in economy at the same times (Atlanta – Dusseldorf) doesn’t yield anything less than the usual 60,000 miles.
Similarly, the lowest Atlanta – Amsterdam one-way pricing for business class comes up at the ‘regular’ 62,500 miles for this non-elite SkyMiles member.
Before getting too excited over Delta awards at 106,000 miles roundtrip in business class remember that this is mostly great ‘for Delta’ and that:
- Delta adds fuel surcharges to awards originating in Europe, so you need to book roundtrips so that your full ticket originates in the US.
- American’s “normal price” is 100,000 miles roundtrip (although American’s transatlantic availability, outside of British Airways which incurs fuel surcharges, isn’t great).
- United charges 57,500 miles each way for travel on its own flights all the time, with generally better availability than Delta offers.
- Aeroplan’s regular price for US-Western Europe is 45,000 miles including on Star Alliance partners. Here’s how to book Aeroplan awards without fuel surcharges.
So while a handful of routes, on certain dates, for fewer miles (perhaps only for elites) is a good thing, it’s not something to be super-excited about in the grand scheme of things.
If you’re able to find discounted awards, Delta Points finds them Atlanta – Dusseldorf and Atlanta – Amsterdam, it’s a good use of SkyMiles and could even be a reason to transfer American Express points into SkyMiles.
But this unicorn is hardly a redeeming offering for the program. Instead, that this seems exciting is what the 43rd US President called “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”