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If you have SkyMiles in your account or are thinking of earning more via lucrative intro deals, now is the time to do it if Europe is in your plans next summer.
Award space next July from Delta hubs to Europe is outstanding at the entry ‘Saver’ level, especially in Business Class for 125,000 miles roundtrip.
We’re not sure how long this will last. May and June have much less availability, and it’s much better than the meager availability we’re seeing on American and US Airways flights.
Most of these trips involve Delta’s own flights, though there are some Air France flights in the mix, as those seats open up to Delta fliers about a month before Air France’s own frequent fliers.
Even the West Coast gets in on the action thanks to Delta’s flight from its new Seattle hub to Paris.
And from Paris you have access to all of Air France’s connections throughout Europe, which are usually wide open for use with your miles.
Availability to London is good thanks to Virgin Atlantic, and Alitalia to Rome remains a generous option as well.
Keys to booking Delta awards
The biggest thing to remember is to look beyond the award calendar if you don’t see the Green ‘Saver’ level days you want.
The calendar usually shows fewer dates than are actually available at the lowest Saver price because it does a bad job of knowing that flights on partner airlines are available. The way to get around it is to click through directly to the date you’re interested in and see the results page.
As a reminder, you can book a stopover on any Delta award ticket to Europe, as well as an open-jaw (returning to a different city than you started from). So you can add a second city to your Europe trip free of charge.
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