Delta is running a really cool Skymiles promotion right now which allows you to use your miles for double the value they’d usually be worth if you put them towards the cost of a ticket. Now, that’s cool on its own, but it’s a lot more cool when there are great sales out at the moment, which allow you to combine a great miles promo with a great cash deal, to win and win and win some more. And since you’re using your miles to book a cash ticket – you earn miles and Medallion status miles back.
How about just 125,000 Delta Skymiles for business class from the USA to London or Madrid round trip, with three nights of hotel included? No crazy taxes, no nothing, just an awesome deal. And if you don’t have enough points to cover the entire cost – you can mix points and cash together…
Delta is allowing you to redeem miles at 2 cents per mile value, for a limited time, through to Friday the 30th of August. During this time, 100,000 miles would cover $2000 of travel toward any actual paid ticket, so long as you combine it with at least two nights of hotel via Delta Vacations. And that 100,000 is just an example: 50,000 would cover $1000, 500,000 Skymiles would cover $10,000 etc.
That’s all pretty handy, because Delta has New York to London, Miami to Madrid, Boston to London and New York to Madrid, and more on sale for around $2200 all in round trip in business class. And don’t forget, since you’re using your miles toward the cost of a cash ticket, you’ll earn both Skymiles and Medallion elite status miles when you fly, unlike if you redeem them for an award ticket. So yeah, you’re able to use points and earn some back, while also getting closer to elite status!
Through Delta vacations there are three night London or Madrid trips, even around Thanksgiving holiday time from just $2400 per person, with flights and hotel. One person is just fine too, and if you are solo you can effectively spend around 125,000 miles to cover your round trip business class ticket and three nights of hotel. You’ll pay even fewer miles for two people.
It’s usually hard to find dates where Delta lets you fly round trip to Europe in business class using 125,000 miles let alone a time when you get three nights of hotel thrown in, and you can actually earn miles and elite status back!
The key to getting phenomenal value here is finding dates where Delta’s business class flights are at the lowest cash prices, using tools like Google.com/Flights to search for dates in “green” which show that prices are the lowest. November 2019 through May 2020 seem to be the sweet spot for these various flight deals and we’ve made easy links to each to get you started, like…
- $2196 Miami to Madrid Business Class Round Trip
- $2200 New York to Madrid Business Class Round Trip
- $2200 New York to London Business Class Round Trip
- $2450 Boston to London Business Class Round Trip
Remember: you’re not actually spending cash here, you’re redeeming miles for 2x value to cover the cost, but since they’re actually cash tickets, you earn miles back and will earn Medallion status miles to help you toward earning perks.
Once you’ve found 2,3 or 4 day trips (longer would be fine too) using these deals, you then go to Delta Vacations and enter your trip search using the dates where you found the discount business class fares. Delta vacations will then price out the cash cost of the business class flights, and the hotel which will be circa 125,000 miles per person. If it’s just one person travelling, that’s exactly what you’ll find, and if two are travelling it may be less, since you’re sharing a hotel room.
You then pick your hotel, and have the ability to enter how many miles (up to 999,999) you’d like to use to cover the cost you would’ve otherwise paid in cash. When you do, 125,000 miles would cover $2500 of cash cost, and so forth. The nicer the hotel, the more points you’ll pay, but hey – when in Rome, or Madrid or London – right?
If you wanted to cover $6,000 of cash cost, you’d use 300,000 Skymiles, etc. This amazing value only lasts if you book by the 30th, so get to planning while these flight deals are hot and the double value Skymiles are too.
Total taxes and fees paid are under $30 per person! Wild! Business class and a trip to Europe for Skymiles, who would’ve thought?!