Delta is running a SkyMiles award sale on business class roundtrips to Europe during winter when no one wants to go there. They’re promoting several deals from my home town of Austin, like Rome for only 369,000 miles, Lisbon for just 345,000 miles. That is for one ticket.
And they appear to be serious. And you have to book by December 9 to take advantage of these special prices.
|FROM||TO||TRAVEL PERIOD||DELTA ONE®|
|ROUND TRIP FARE|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Dublin, Ireland (DUB)||Feb 07 – Feb 15, 2022||148,000miles + $47.17|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Barcelona, Spain (BCN)||Jan 19 – Jan 27, 2022||148,000miles + $65.07|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Madrid, Spain (MAD)||Jan 13 – Jan 21, 2022||148,000miles + $56.37|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Milan-Malpensa, Italy (MXP)||Jan 11 – Jan 19, 2022||359,000miles + $58.87|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH)||Feb 06 – Feb 14, 2022||148,000miles + $66.37|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS)||Jan 19 – Jan 27, 2022||148,000miles + $70.17|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Rome, Italy (FCO)||Jan 13 – Jan 21, 2022||369,000miles + $73.37|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Paris-De Gaulle, France (CDG)||Feb 03 – Feb 11, 2022||148,000miles + $155.87|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Lisbon, Portugal (LIS)||Feb 28 – Mar 08, 2022||345,000miles + $64.67|
|Austin, TX (AUS)||Munich, Germany (MUC)||Jan 10 – Jan 18, 2022||148,000miles + $133.67|
Judge Judy has a message for you, Delta:
SkyMiles has been a laggard currency for a long time. I coined the term SkyPesos way back in 2009. They don’t publish an award chart anymore – imagine what it would look like if they consider these awards to be discounted off of regular price.
Delta is a perfectly fine airline. Their employees are marginally friendlier than those at United or American. They have a history in recent years of being more operationally reliable. And they have more or less a lock on business in Atlanta, Salt Lake City and the Upper Midwest. They’ve been able to consistently devalue their currency without undermining their profitability – in a way that deluded other airlines into thinking they could accomplish the same feat (it hasn’t worked out as well for most).
I’m just surprised they have the audacity to publish award prices like this and tell members these represent good deals. Surely they must think we’re all just Imperial Storm Troopers.
Update: The Gate highlights a 425,000 mile roundtrip award that’s part of this ‘sale’.