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If you want to get to Europe this summer in Business Class, the most wide open award opportunity is with Delta and Virgin Atlantic.
Delta’s own flights from New York to London have space for 8 or more awards per flight on most days this summer.
If you have SkyMiles you can book them for 70,000 miles one way.
But the best way to play this is with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles.
With Flying Club you can book these flights for 100,000 miles round trip, thanks to Flying Club’s special award chart for Delta flights. There are no fuel surcharges on roundtrip Delta flights that start in the U.S.
Virgin Flying Club is changing its award chart on Tuesday the 17th.
Prices for Virgin Upper Class are increasing across the board, but the prices for Delta flights aren’t changing.
So if you want to lock in Virgin flights with Virgin miles for 80,000 miles roundtrip (plus over $800 in taxes and fees, which are hardly a bargain), do it before Tuesday.
There’s wide open space on Virgin’s own flights.
From Tuesday onward, Upper Class flights from New York to London will cost 95,000 – 115,000 miles roundtrip, plus over $800 in surcharges and taxes.
But you can still book Virgin Atlantic flights with no fuel surcharges using Delta miles for 140,000 miles roundtrip.
As far as onboard comfort goes, Virgin’s seats haven’t changed much in over 10 years and don’t go flat without the assistance of a flight attendant, which can be a real nuisance on overnight flights. Delta’s on the other hand can go up and down anytime, but have tight footwells.
On the food and drink front with Virgin you get the kitsch of an onboard bar, and generally more creative choices, though Delta does offer Danny Meyer restaurant menus on flights departing New York.
More important, with either Delta or Virgin Atlantic, you’ll have access to the Virgin Clubhouse in New York and London, so there’s no need to compromise there.
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