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Earlier this year Delta announced that it would start charging whatever it feels like any given day for award tickets that begin June 1, 2016 or later.
That means no more menu with prices to reference and set your goals against, like 62,500 miles one way for a Business Class award to Europe. And it means Delta has free reign to throttle prices up to new record highs.
You’ve been able to book flights with SkyMiles from June onward for a few months now, and the good news is…there are still plenty of chances to use your Delta miles at prices identical to the old Saver level for international flights in Business Class, or Delta One as Delta wants you to call it.
You can get to Paris on Delta flights most days next August for 62,500 miles one way in Business Class for 2 or more people traveling together…
London is wide open…
In both directions…
Even Rome, with fewer flights than London or Paris, is ready…
But look further, to Delta’s longest flight…Atlanta to Johannesburg…
Instead of 80,000 miles (the old lowest price), or 175,000 miles (the old highest price), there are now dates that cost 375,000 miles one way.
And coming back it’s a bloodbath that will cost you up to 750,000 miles roundtrip, or 1.5 million miles for two people.
One that starts just around the beginning of June…
We saw inklings of this right around when Delta first made the change, but now with a full summer’s worth of prices loaded the trend is clear.
You’re safe headed to Europe for now.
But the really long flights like Atlanta to Johannesburg are a warning sign of what could happen…a quadrupling of what you have to pay.
Sure, it’s possible prices stay low for a while depending on how full flights are and what competitors do with their award prices, but don’t get greedy. If you have the miles and have been saving up, don’t delay planning a trip for next summer.
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