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Delta SkyMiles revealed an unwelcome surprise last week when it raised the price of many international Business Class awards for flights departing October 1, 2016 or later, including all flights to Asia and Australia.
Fortunately Business Class awards to Europe were spared, and are still available for 125,000 miles roundtrip all year long.
Even better, we’ve uncovered some outstanding award space for a family of four on flights from the U.S. to Europe during the height of the summer travel season.
These are the most widely coveted international premium awards, and while they’re not dirt cheap at 125,000 miles, they are a better deal than the 140,000 miles United MileagePlus charges for an award on one of its partners like Lufthansa or Swiss, and a much better deal than wrangling with fuel surcharges on British Airways flights using American AAdvantage miles.
Here are some of the better options…all with space for a family of four on the same flight in Business Class for 62,500 miles one way (125,000 miles roundtrip).
And the space is also good coming back from Europe…like this London to Detroit availability.
You’ll also find great space on other routes like Atlanta to Dusseldorf, New York to Frankfurt, Detroit to London, and more.
This is the third summer in a row that Delta has the best overall award space in Business Class to Europe. Between its own flights, and partner flights on Virgin Atlantic, Air France, KLM, and Alitalia, Delta SkyMiles are an underrated way to get to Europe in comfort.
We wouldn’t recommend stockpiling them given their history of changing prices without notice.
Instead, to hedge your bets, try to earn points via Amex Membership Rewards credit cards that give you the option to transfer to other programs, and burn your native SkyMiles as fast as you get enough to book a reward that’s reasonable.
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