Delta is running a European award sale for redemption starting with August travel and running through fall, starting at 20,000 miles roundtrip (and roundtrip travel is required).
- New York JFK – Madrid, 20,000 miles
- New York JFK or Boston – London Heathrow, 22,000 miles
- Los Angeles – London Heathrow, 26,000 miles
- Portland, Seattle, or Miami – London, 28,000 miles
- New York JFK – Zurich, 30,000 miles
There are any number of other eligible routes pricing between 20,000 and 38,000 miles roundtrip.
Then ThePointsGuy.com picked it up, adding a bunch of links to credit card applications whose bonuses won’t ever post in time to take advantage of this sale. Frequent Miler’s Nick Reyes highlighted it as well.
And there’s no question that 20,000 mile roundtrip redemptions between the US and Europe are better than 40,000 or 50,000 mile redemptions for the same flights, however what no one has pointed out is that it’s still a bad deal for flights that are selling at deep deep discount prices to begin with.
Let’s look at an award I picked out at random for New York JFK – Madrid that’s pricing out at 20,000 miles and $51.13 in taxes roundtrip:
The cheapest fare to buy those exact flights? $330.83. Using this fare as a basis for comparison, 20,000 miles are saving you $279.70. Put another way this sale gives you 1.4 cents per mile.
If you were going to use Delta miles to Europe in coach anyway for travel this fall, now is a good time to make that redemption. American Express Membership Rewards points transfer to Delta, and I suppose you can do that, but I want to get much better value out of my Membership Rewards points than this.