One of the awards that hasn’t changed in price for travel October 1 onwards is US – Europe roundtrip.
Despite Delta making unannounced changes to their secret award chart, US – Europe in economy remains 60,000 miles roundtrip.
There does seem to be a pattern when the airline faces bad news coverage over SkyMiles changes that they then offer an award sale.
Now they’re offering an economy award sale to London Heathrow.
The sale is only available from certain cities, and they’re promoting airfare prices from those cities as well.
- Purchase By January 18, 2016
- Travel must begin between February 1 and March 24, 2016.
- 14 Day Advance Purchase and Saturday Night Stay Required
- There are city-specific dates blacked out
This sale underscores just how bad a deal most economy awards are.
- Taxes and fees on an economy roundtrip London award will still run ~ $180.
- So $920 – $180 means the miles are saving you $740 (and you don’t earn miles)
- You also give up 3700 miles (elite members earn more)
- So a ‘cost’ of 48,700 miles to save $740 in this example nets a value of 1.5 cents a mile. And that’s on a limited-time special offer.
Sure, it’s more than the value per mile I place on SkyMiles, but not even by much.
Terms and conditions:
Restrictions | Fares shown are available at delta.com. Tickets cost $25 more if purchased from Delta over the phone, $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited. Promotional redemption amounts are subject to availability and seats available at promotional Award prices are limited. This offer is not transferable.
Tickets | Tickets must be purchased no later than January 18, 2016.
Travel Period | Travel must begin between February 1 and March 24, 2016. All travel must be completed within 3 months of departure from the U.S.
Blackout Dates (Revenue Travel) | London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) to Newark, NJ (EWR): March 19 – March 23, 2016.
Blackout Dates (Award Travel) | New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK) to London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR): February 2 – February 6, 2016
London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) to Detroit, MI (DTW): March 19 – March 24, 2016
London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) to New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK): February 2 – February 6, 2016
London-Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR) to Newark, NJ (EWR): March 19 – March 23, 2016.
Fare Validity (Revenue Travel) | Fares are valid in Main Cabin on Delta/Delta Connection carrier and certain codeshare partner flights only.
Redemption Amount Validity (Award Travel) | Redemption amounts are valid for travel daily in the Main Cabin (Coach) on Delta/Delta Connection carrier flights only.
Advance Purchase | All travel: 14 days.
Minimum Stay | Saturday nIght
Maximum Stay | 3 months
Cancellations/Refunds/Changes (Revenue Travel) | Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta’s cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details
Cancellations/Refunds/Changes (Award Travel) | Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta’s cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. Award Ticket changes must be made at least 72 hours prior to the departure time of the flight being changed. Award Tickets booked within 72 hours of departure are nonrefundable and cannot be redeposited or reissued unless prohibited by local law or within the risk-free cancellation period. No changes will be permitted to the originating flight of Award Tickets booked within 72 hours, however changes to the return are permitted if the return flight is not within 72 hours and the change is made at least 72 hours prior to flight departure. Fees apply for any changes. Taxes and fees will apply. Voluntary changes to Award Tickets after promotion has ended may result in an increase in mileage costs.
Baggage Charges | For travel between United States/Canada/PR/U.S. Virgin Islands/ Mexico/Central America/Caribbean/South America (except Brazil) and Europe/North Africa, 100 USD, 120 CAD1 or 85 EUR1 fee for second checked bag.
1: CAD or EUR amounts will be charged for itineraries originating in Canada or Europe, respectively.
Allowances subject to size/weight limits. Contact a Delta agent or see Excess Baggage for details.
SkyMiles Partner Offers | All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption and travel benefits. To review the rules, see Membership Guide & Program Rules.
Miscellaneous | Fares, redemption amounts, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
(HT: The Points Guy)