Last Day for Skymiles Award Sale to Europe

For the past week or so, Delta’s been running an award sale on all points Europe using Skymiles.

Our delta Plane awaiting boarding

Our delta Plane awaiting boarding

If you’ve been thinking about dropping some of your Skymiles on a trip to Europe, now’s your chance to save a few thousand miles on the price.  Economy tickets are only 49k round trip and DeltaOne (business) is pricing out at 102-107k.

While on paper it sounds good, lets really quickly go over the good and the bad.

Fall Delta Europe Sale

Fall Delta Europe Sale

The Good:

Delta is making this a pretty wide-reaching sale, with most departure cities and destinations available.  A lot of fare sales limit one of the two ends of the deal, so since this is being offered broadly, that’s a good.

Also, the availability is sorta kinda good.  I just took a quick peek and on a lot of routes, you can get a seat or two.  The problem is, of course, that around peak travel time you’re not going to find any seats.

You can travel anytime from the end of September all the way until April 7th, so if you’re thinking about some next year travel for winter/spring, you can book that far ahead and still take advantage of the sale.

Also, since these flights are going to be operated by Delta, expect to see the Westin Bedding collection on board.  It’s a high quality product and it does make the sleep better (even though you’re still stuck in an airplane!)

Delta One Westin Heavenly Bedding

Delta One Westin Heavenly Bedding

The Bad:

It’s Delta.  So their product onboard is going to be mediocre at best in business class.  The seats are OK and the food is well plated economy food.  Check out our recent review here of a flight in DeltaOne.

Delta One Business Class Seat

Delta One Business Class Seat

Delta One "Beef" dish

Delta One “Beef” dish

Also, there is a 7 night minimum stay, so no long weekends or short trips.  You’re gonna have to stick this one out for a bit.

One final negative is that there are tons of blackout dates.  So while theoretically you can fly up until April 7th, you’ve got lots of dates.  And to make things even more confusing, some dates are blocked for coach and some dates are blocked for business class!  Just check out the exhaustive list here.

Main Cabin

Newark, NJ (EWR) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): December 18 – 29, 2016; January 1 – 7, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): December 17, 2016 – January 5, 2017; March 31 – April 6, 2017
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): December 15 – 24, 2016; January 1 – 9, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) to Seattle, WA (SEA): October 1 – 5, 2016; October 15 – 20, 2016; December 13, 2016 – January 10, 2017
Seattle, WA (SEA) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): December 12 – 24, 2016; January 1 – 9, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) to Salt Lake City, UT (SLC): December 15, 2016 – January 4, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): December 14 – 19, 2016; December 31, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Cincinnati, OH (CVG) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG): December 14 – 18, 2016
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) to Cincinnati, OH (CVG): December 31, 2016 – January 9, 2017; March 14 – 20, 2017; March 22 – 26, 2017; March 30 – April 3, 2017
Newark, NJ (EWR) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG): December 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) to Newark, NJ (EWR): December 16 – 23, 2016; December 25, 2016 – January 3, 2017; March 17 – 26, 2017
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG): December 14 – 30, 2016; January 1 – 7, 2017
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): December 15 – 19, 2016; December 26, 2016 – January 3, 2017; March 15 – 20, 2017; March 22 – 27, 2017; March 31 – April 4, 2017
Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS): October 15 – 23, 2016; January 2 – 8, 2017
Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS) to Atlanta, GA (ATL): December 23 – 30, 2016; March 20 – 26, 2017
Detroit, MI (DTW) to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA): December 15 – 22, 2016; December 30, 2016 – January 9, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to Detroit, MI (DTW): September 28 – October 2, 2016; December 16 – 20, 2016; December 29, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Madrid, Spain (MAD) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): December 12, 2016 – January 5, 2017
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Madrid, Spain (MAD): December 13 – 30, 2016; January 1 – 10, 2017; March 21 – 25, 2017
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH): January 1 – 8, 2017
Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): December 24 – 30, 2016

Delta One

Newark, NJ (EWR) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): December 18 – 23, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): September 29 – October 3, 2016; October 28 – November 2, 2016; December 29, 2016 – January 4, 2017; March 15 – 19, 2017
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): September 28 – October 2, 2016; October 4 – 9, 2016; October 14 – 21, 2016; October 23 – November 15, 2016; November 27 – December 17, 2016; December 19 – 24, 2016; January 1 – 5, 2017; January 11 – 15, 2017; February 7 – 11, 2017; March 1 – 6, 2017; March 8 – 19, 2017; March 30 – April 6, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) to Seattle, WA (SEA): November 10 – 14, 2016; December 25 – 30, 2016; February 22 – 26, 2017
Seattle, WA (SEA) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): September 24 – 28, 2016; September 30 – October 17, 2016; October 20 – 26, 2016; October 28 – November 14, 2016; November 25 – December 6, 2016; December 15 – 21, 2016; January 6 – 25, 2017; January 27 – February 25, 2017; February 27 – March 5, 2017; March 7 – 12, 2017; March 16 – 24, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS): October 3 – 21, 2016; December 19 – 23, 2016
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) to Cincinnati, OH (CVG): September 28 – October 4, 2016; October 6 – 11, 2016; October 28 – November 1, 2016
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): September 29 – October 3, 2016; October 5 – 10, 2016
Atlanta, GA (ATL) to Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS): October 16 – 23, 2016; January 14 – February 3, 2017; March 10 – 19, 2017
Dusseldorf, Germany (DUS) to Atlanta, GA (ATL): September 30 – October 4, 2016; October 8 – 14, 2016; October 21 – 28, 2016; January 15 – 20, 2017; January 22 – 27, 2017; January 29 – February 3, 2017; February 5 – 10, 2017; February 12 – 17, 2017; February 19 – 24, 2017; February 26 – March 3, 2017; March 5 – 17, 2017; March 19 – 24, 2017
Detroit, MI (DTW) to Frankfurt, Germany (FRA): November 10 – 14, 2016; December 1 – 5, 2016; December 16 – 20, 2016; January 5 – 13, 2017; January 19 – 23, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to Detroit, MI (DTW): September 24 – October 4, 2016; October 6 – 10, 2016; October 13 – 17, 2016; October 20 – 31, 2016; November 9 – 14, 2016; December 30, 2016 – January 4, 2017; March 3 – 7, 2017; March 16 – 20, 2017
Madrid, Spain (MAD) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): September 28 – October 4, 2016; October 6 – 10, 2016; October 14 – 23, 2016; October 25 – 30, 2016; December 27, 2016 – January 3, 2017
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Madrid, Spain (MAD): December 18 – 24, 2016; January 31 – February 5, 2017
New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH): December 15 – 23, 2016; January 12 – 17, 2017; February 9 – 13, 2017; March 10 – 19, 2017
Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): October 1 – 5, 2016; October 21 – 25, 2016; November 10 – 14, 2016; November 16 – 20, 2016; December 25, 2016 – January 2, 2017; January 20 – 28, 2017

I’ve always felt that one of the best uses of Delta Skymiles was flying on their partner airlines, and this sale is only for Delta operated flights, so keep that in mind.  Still, I think our best redemption so far was our long haul trip to Australia, our flights inside Australia, Indonesia, Korea, and back home, all in business class, and all not flying once on Delta 🙂

Are you going to take advantage of the last day of the Delta Award Sale?

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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