A little over a year ago I expressed shock that Delta would publish 369,000 miles roundtrip in business class as a ‘flash sale’ deal to Rome.
I used to make fun of 700,000 mile Delta itineraries which you could construct if you combined business class between Australia and South America via the U.S. That was back when you could still get value from the SkyMiles program for something other than domestic and Caribbean coach award sales.
If you’re willing to fly Atlanta – Stockholm during the last full week of March then you can get that award for the low low price of just 750,000 miles and $72.65.
To be clear, you should not book this ‘deal’ even though Delta tells you it’s one. While most flights do price at 750,000 miles when you click through, you can actually find a handful of itineraries for ‘just’ 280,000 miles if you have flexibility (cough).
Probably nobody will book 750,000 mile roundtrips. However SkyMiles are not worthless, they’re just worth less.
The airline has even been adding fuel surcharges onto WestJet award tickets originating in the United States for several days. I’m hopeful this is a mistake, and have reached out to Delta about it, but I have not heard back. Here’s a 96,000 mile one way award in coach plus a $937 fuel surcharge. (HT: @MikeMetz112)
You could buy the same ticket for $544 in cash, save about $400, and not involve the SkyMiles program at all (let alone spend 96,000 miles).
Delta’s Vice President for SkyMiles says clearly that they aren’t trying to provide great value for your miles. You should probably believe him.