Two days ago there was Delta business class award space to Zurich and now there’s space from New York JFK to Amsterdam and from Salt Lake City to both Paris and Amsterdam in business class for two passengers for January through March. This was first spotted by Thrifty Traveler‘s premium airfare deal alert service.
You’re not going to want to book these Delta awards at extortionate Delta SkyMiles pricing. Instead you will book these through Delta’s partner Virgin Atlantic.
- American Express, Chase, Citi, Capital One and Bilt all partner with Virgin for transfers.
- Virgin will generally let you put awards on hold for 24 hours when you reserve by phone, so you can lock in the space before you transfer points.
Note when searching for New York JFK – Amsterdam that there’s award space for fewer miles (48,500) but that’s connecting availability through Paris and incurs surcharges. Slightly more expensive mileage space is through London on Virgin and connecting onto Amsterdam and the cash outlay is extortionate. So it’s the 50,000 mile seats you likely want for Delta’s product.
Note also that there are days where 48,500 mile seats are available on this calendar that also have the 50,000 mile Delta seats.
There are only a handful of dates where Salt Lake City – Paris and Salt Lake City – Amsterdam are available, and let’s be clear this is very much off-season, but this is Delta and Salt Lake folks never get a break from Delta so it’s worth flagging for them.
Here’s Salt Lake City – Paris for 2 passengers in business class:
And Salt Lake City – Amsterdam:
Note of course that trips to Amsterdam and to Paris can have onward connections elsewhere in Europe added, making these especially useful to a number of potential destinations.
By the way here’s Delta’s award calendar for Salt Lake City – Paris, including dates where you can book Delta flights for just 50,000 miles in business class. Truly SkyMiles has no respect for its members.
At 50,000 miles of course this is a good deal even going to Europe when most people prefer not to – though honestly I rather like Paris in January, not so many American teenagers.