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Delta lowers partner award cost to Europe

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Spencer Howard at Straight To The Points just posted an interesting find.

Delta appears to have dropped business class award prices involving Europe partners to anywhere in Europe except England to 75,000 Skymiles (from 85,000 Skymiles). This means partners like Virgin Atlantic and Air France will cost just 5,000 miles more than flying on Delta metal (lowest possible award level).  Economy awards have also dropped from 35,000 to 32,500.

Just a few weeks ago, Delta did a similar move with Asia awards, with business class dropping from 95,000 miles to 85,000.

With the Europe awards, if you were going NYC-LON direct on Virgin, it’s still 85,000. But if you found NYC-LON-PAR, for example, it would be 75,000. While I’m not suggesting you could get a 23-hour layover that would mean an easy time collecting your bags in London and skipping the last leg, one might be inclined to consider it. Perhaps, though, the pricing to England just hasn’t been dropped to align yet.

Also, I couldn’t actually find a JFK-XXX-AMS flight very easily, so I grabbed IAD-AMS instead to illustrate teh lower price.

Across the board to Europe, on Delta metal, it’s still 70k in Business and 30k in Coach.

It’s amusing that even *decreases* in award prices are left to be unearthed by bloggers. This is because, as I write all the time, Delta refuses to publish an award chart and won’t tell us what anything should cost in Skymiles. To me, this makes Skymiles the least valuable currency – because how can we know the value of something that the creator won’t assign a value to (in the shape of award prices)?

Business Class to Europe is also a great time to try the fabled Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at JFK out.

In any event, this is welcome news. If they would stop increasing the prices of award tickets and leave us some aspirational redemptions (which is what I consider nearly all International Business Class trips to be), I might consider reopening a Delta credit card again and begin earning Delta Skymiles again.

Does this move the needle for you with Delta/Skymiles?  Let me know here, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

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