Spend Fewer SkyMiles on Award Tickets to Europe in Either Cabin — But…

I f you have been waiting for the day when you can redeem fewer SkyMiles to travel to Europe on flights operated by Delta Air Lines, you are in luck: book your award ticket to Europe from the 48 contiguous United States for a seat in either the economy class cabin or business class cabin by Thursday, August 25, 2016 and save on the redemption on the amount of your SkyMiles for travel between Friday, September 23, 2016 through Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Stay in Europe for as long as three months; but you must stay at your destination for a minimum of seven days.

Spend Fewer SkyMiles on Award Tickets to Europe in Either Cabin — But…

Only select flights are eligible; and you must pay any taxes and fees levied on the award ticket, which starts at a cost of 49,000 SkyMiles round trip for economy class and 102,000 SkyMiles for business class on airplanes operated by Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection carriers — and tickets must be purchased at a minimum of 28 days in advance.

Award Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

Blackout Dates

The list of blackout dates on various routes and depending on the cabin is extensive; so I formatted the list in a way that is easier to read than the way it is displayed at the official Internet web site of Delta Air Lines.

Here is the complete list of blackout dates where promotional pricing is not available:

Main Cabin

  • Newark to Amsterdam EWR – AMS
    • December 18, 2016 – December 29, 2016
    • January 1, 2017 – January 7, 2017
  • Amsterdam to New York AMS – JFK
    • December 17, 2016 – January 5, 2017
    • March 31 – April 6, 2017
  • New York to Amsterdam JFK – AMS
    • December 15 – 24, 2016
    • January 1 – 9, 2017
  • Amsterdam to Seattle AMS – SEA
    • October 1 – 5, 2016
    • October 15 – 20, 2016
    • December 13, 2016 – January 10, 2017
  • Seattle to Amsterdam SEA – AMS
    • December 12 – 24, 2016
    • January 1 – 9, 2017
  • Amsterdam to Salt Lake City AMS – SLC
    • December 15, 2016 – January 4, 2017
  • Salt Lake City to Amsterdam SLC – AMS
    • December 14 – 19, 2016
    • December 31, 2016 – January 7, 2017
  • Cincinnati to Paris CVG – CDG
    • December 14 – 18, 2016
  • Paris to Cincinnati CDG – CVG
    • December 31, 2016 – January 9, 2017
    • March 14 – 20, 2017
    • March 22 – 26, 2017
    • March 30 – April 3, 2017
  • Newark to Paris EWR – CDG
    • December 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017
  • Paris to Newark CDG – EWR
    • December 16 – 23, 2016
    • December 25, 2016 – January 3, 2017
    • March 17 – 26, 2017
  • New York to Paris JFK – CDG
    • December 14 – 30, 2016
    • January 1 – 7, 2017
  • Paris to New York CDG – JFK
    • December 15 – 19, 2016
    • December 26, 2016 – January 3, 2017
    • March 15 – 20, 2017
    • March 22 – 27, 2017
    • March 31 – April 4, 2017
  • Atlanta to Dusseldorf ATL – DUS
    • October 15 – 23, 2016
    • January 2 – 8, 2017
  • Dusseldorf to Atlanta DUS – ATL
    • December 23 – 30, 2016
    • March 20 – 26, 2017
  • Detroit to Frankfurt DTW – FRA
    • December 15 – 22, 2016
    • December 30, 2016 – January 9, 2017
  • Frankfurt to Detroit FRA – DTW
    • September 28 – October 2, 2016
    • December 16 – 20, 2016
    • December 29, 2016 – January 8, 2017
  • Madrid to New York MAD – JFK
    • December 12, 2016 – January 5, 2017
  • New York to Madrid JFK – MAD
    • December 13 – 30, 2016
    • January 1 – 10, 2017
    • March 21 – 25, 2017
  • New York to Zurich JFK – ZRH
    • January 1 – 8, 2017
  • Zurich to New York ZRH – JFK
    • December 24 – 30, 2016

Delta One

  • Newark to Amsterdam EWR – AMS
    • September 30 – October 4, 2016
    • October 7 – 12, 2016
  • Amsterdam to New York AMS – JFK
    • December 29, 2016 – January 5, 2017
    • March 9 – 13, 2017
    • March 15 – 19, 2017
  • New York to Amsterdam JFK – AMS
    • September 28 – October 2, 2016
    • October 4 – 12, 2016
    • October 14 – 19, 2016
    • October 23 – November 15, 2016
    • November 30 – December 11, 2016
    • December 13 – 17, 2016
    • December 19 – 24, 2016
    • January 1 – 9, 2017
    • January 11 – 15, 2017
    • March 1 – 6, 2017
    • March 8 – 19, 2017
    • March 30 – April 6, 2017
  • Amsterdam to Seattle AMS – SEA
    • September 29 – October 5, 2016
    • November 9 – 14, 2016
    • February 22 – 26, 2017
  • Seattle to Amsterdam SEA – AMS
    • September 30 – October 16, 2016
    • October 19 – 26, 2016
    • October 28 – November 14, 2016
    • November 23 – December 6, 2016
    • December 14 – 21, 2016
    • January 6 – 25, 2017
    • January 27 – February 24, 2017
    • February 27 – March 5, 2017
    • March 8 – 12, 2017
    • March 16 – 24, 2017
  • Salt Lake City to Amsterdam SLC – AMS
    • October 3 – 11, 2016
    • November 14 – 19, 2016
    • December 19 – 23, 2016
    • March 17 – 21, 2017
  • Paris to Cincinnati CDG – CVG
    • September 28 – October 4, 2016
    • October 6 – 12, 2016
    • October 26 – November 6, 2016
    • March 9 – 13, 2017
    • March 20 – 25, 2017
  • Newark to Paris EWR – CDG
    • October 6 – 10, 2016
    • March 1 – 5, 2017
  • Paris to New York CDG – JFK
    • September 29 – October 3, 2016
    • October 5 – 10, 2016
    • October 12 – 16, 2016
  • Atlanta to Dusseldorf ATL – DUS
    • October 13 – 23, 2016
    • November 27 – December 4, 2016
    • January 15 – 22, 2017
    • January 27 – February 3, 2017
    • March 3 – 26, 2017
  • Dusseldorf to Atlanta DUS – ATL
    • September 30 – October 4, 2016
    • October 8 – 14, 2016
    • December 20 – 27, 2016
    • January 16 – 20, 2017
    • January 22 – 27, 2017
    • January 29 – February 3, 2017
    • February 5 – 10, 2017
    • February 12 – 17, 2017
    • February 19 – March 24, 2017
  • Detroit to Frankfurt DTW – FRA
    • October 7 – 11, 2016
    • October 13 – 17, 2016
    • November 10 – 14, 2016
    • January 2 – 15, 2017
    • January 19 – 23, 2017
  • Frankfurt to Detroit FRA – DTW
    • September 24 – 28, 2016
    • September 30 – October 4, 2016
    • October 6 – 10, 2016
    • October 13 – 17, 2016
    • October 20 – 31, 2016
    • November 3 – 7, 2016
    • November 9 – 14, 2016
    • December 21 – 27, 2016
    • December 31, 2016 – January 4, 2017
    • March 16 – 20, 2017
  • Madrid to New York MAD – JFK
    • September 28 – October 4, 2016
    • October 16 – 22, 2016
  • New York to Madrid JFK – MAD
    • December 18 – 23, 2016
    • January 31 – February 5, 2017
  • New York to Zurich JFK – ZRH
    • December 15 – 23, 2016
    • January 12 – 17, 2017
    • February 9 – 13, 2017
    • March 10 – 19, 2017

Charges and Fees

For both the economy class and business class cabins, baggage allowances are subject to size and weight limits.

For travel between the United States and Europe in the economy class cabin, the fee is $100.00 United States dollars or 85 euros for a second checked bag.

Award travel is subject to government-imposed taxes and fees, which are your responsibility and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Taxes and fees depend upon the itinerary; and are at least $52.80 round trip and are at a maximum $316.10 round trip.

Fees apply for any changes. Taxes and fees will apply. Voluntary changes to your award tickets after the promotion has ended may result in an increase in mileage costs.

Entertainment prices for Delta Studio may be changed at any time.

Taxes shown are based on nonstop flights and accurate as of Monday, February 1, 2016. Changes in currency exchange rates or government-imposed fees may cause taxes to fluctuate.

Fares, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice.

Additional fees, restrictions, and baggage charges may apply.

Terms and Conditions

Promotional redemption amounts are subject to availability; and seats available at promotional award prices are limited. Pay with Miles tickets are not eligible for promotional redemption amounts. Neither tickets nor this offer can be transferred.

SkyMiles membership must be active at the time of booking and member must be logged into delta.com to receive promotional pricing. Valid only for Awards redeemed directly from eligible customer’s account.

Tickets are not refundable except in accordance with the cancellation policy of Delta Air Lines. Fees may apply for downgrades, reissues and itinerary changes. Award ticket changes must be implemented at least 72 hours prior to the departure time of the flight being changed. Award tickets booked within 72 hours of departure cannot be refunded, redeposited, or reissued unless prohibited by local law or within the risk-free cancellation period. No changes will be permitted to the originating flight of award tickets booked within 72 hours; however, changes to the return are permitted if the return flight is not within 72 hours and the change is made at least 72 hours prior to flight departure.

Other restrictions may apply.

Summary

Award charts have not been published by Delta Air Lines since February of 2015, when they disappeared from public view; so the prices can only be compared to the most recent award chart available.

This is the last award chart publicly available from Delta Air Lines pertaining to the amount of SkyMiles needed to be redeemed in the economy class cabin. Click on the chart for an enlarged view.

According to this chart — and assuming that the discount is based on what was known as a Level 1 award — the savings for a round trip economy class ticket between the United States and Europe is at least 11,000 SkyMiles…

This is the last award chart publicly available from Delta Air Lines pertaining to the amount of SkyMiles needed to be redeemed in the business class cabin. Click on the chart for an enlarged view.

…and according to this chart — again, assuming that the discount is based on what was known as a Level 1 award — the savings for a round trip business class ticket between the United States and Europe is at least 23,000 SkyMiles.

That there will apparently be SkyMiles award sales other than the new monthly flash sale recently announced by Delta Air Lines can potentially be rewarding for you in terms of savings.

If you are able to procure those tickets to the destination in Europe where you want to go, the savings may well be worth the trip — but be sure to do your research first prior to booking your award ticket, as not every flight may be a bargain.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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