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425,000 Miles For One Return Award Ticket to Europe is Considered a Sale Price?

No thank you.

Delta Air Lines currently has a sale with which you can redeem SkyMiles for a round trip flight seated in Delta One — which is the international business class of the airline — between select airports in the United States and Europe; and the dates vary between January of 2022 and March of 2022…

425,000 Miles For One Return Award Ticket to Europe is Considered a Sale Price?

…but you must redeem a minimum of 148,000 SkyMiles — plus between $47.17 and $337.00 in taxes and fees — for one of these round trip sale flights by Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:59 in the evening Eastern Standard Time.

As I was curious after receiving an e-mail message from Delta Air Lines pertaining to this sale, I decided to see what was available…

Source: Delta Air Lines.

…and there it was: if I wanted to travel from Atlanta to Lisbon with an award ticket as a passenger in the Delta One cabin, I am required to redeem a minimum of 425,000 SkyMiles — plus $63.37 in taxes and fees, if that was not enough — for the privilege.

Traveling from Atlanta to Milan for 229,000 SkyMiles — plus $58.87 in taxes and fees — was not all that much more enticing, either.

Select Terms and Conditions

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection carriers: Endeavor Air, Inc., Republic Airways, and SkyWest; Delta Shuttle carrier: Republic Airways; SkyTeam partners: Aeroflot, Air Europa, Air France, Airlinair, Air One, Air One City Liner, BritAir, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, CSA Czech Airlines, KLM, and Korean Airlines; or Delta codeshare partners: CAI Second, Aeromar, Brit Air dba Air France, City Jet dba Air France, City Jet dba Air France, Hawaiian Airlines, Horizon Air Industries dba Horizon, KLM CityHopper, LATAM Airlines, Olympic Air, Privilege Style, Regional CAE dba Air France, Shanghai Airlines, SwiftAir, Virgin Atlantic International, Virgin Australia International, Virgin Australia Limited NZ dba Virgin Australia, VLM Airlines, and WestJet.

Advertised fares are based on real-time itinerary pricing available at delta.com. Fares are subject to availability and may change at any time prior to completion of ticketing. Device and email privacy settings for some operating systems may prevent the display of real-time pricing; for users who have not updated their settings to permit real-time pricing, prices may not be updated at time of email open.

Maximum Stay of one year

Tickets are not refundable except in accordance with Delta’s cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or visit delta.com for details. For Award tickets, changes to origin, destination, routing, date and time are permitted except for Basic Economy tickets, and the mileage difference (and any applicable taxes) for the new Award ticket will apply. Members may change or cancel Award tickets without a redeposit or change fee for travel originating from North America to anywhere in the world (including flights operated by joint venture and codeshare partners), excluding Basic Economy fares. No longer will changes and cancellations made within 72 hours of departure result in loss of miles. Mileage difference, taxes and fees apply for any changes. Changes to Pay with Miles tickets are determined by the fare rules of the ticket purchased.

Award Travel is subject to government-imposed taxes and fees and carrier-imposed charges, which are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Taxes/fees/carrier-imposed charges depend upon the itinerary, and will be up to $337.00 for Delta One travel to Europe. Award Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

For travel within the United States (including Puerto Rico), $30 USD fee for 1 checked bag and $40 USD fee for second checked bag. For travel between the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Central America, Caribbean, Guyana, & Bermuda, $30 USD fee for 1 checked bag and $40 USD fee for second checked bag. For travel between the United States and Mexico, $30 USD fee for 1 checked bag and $55 USD fee for second checked bag. For travel between the United States and El Salvador and Ecuador, $40 USD fee for second checked bag. For travel between the United States and Panama, $30 USD fee for 1 checked bag (Basic Economy only), and $40 USD fee for second checked bag. For travel between the United States and South America (excluding Guyana & Ecuador), no fee for checked bag. For travel between United States and Europe, 100 USD or 85 EUR — EUR amounts will be charged when exiting Europe, respectively — (go to footer note fee for second checked bag). Allowances subject to size/weight limits. For travel between United States and Asia or Australia, no fee for first or second checked bag. Allowances subject to size/weight limits. Contact a Delta agent or see Excess Baggage for details.

Allowances subject to size/weight limits.

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

Other restrictions, terms, and conditions apply.

Final Boarding Call

You might be able to find some value in this sale if you need to fly in the business class cabin between the United States and Europe during the first three months of 2022 and you have hundreds of thousands of SkyMiles which you would like to redeem…

…but I will pass on this sale…

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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