SW Status match, BA one award availability, Delta award sale to Europe: The Saturday Roundup
Summarizing a few things to know about before I head to Belmont to see Justify win (or not!) the Triple Crown.
Southwest Airlines is offering a status match to A-List. It’s 90 days straight up if you have status on any other airline. You can get a full year by flying a total of 6 one ways (or 3 round trips) within the 90 days. Enrollment and details.
A-List means you don’t have to worry about being in Group A – specifically buying auto-checkin since even stalking check-in at T-24 and 0 seconds these days is often a mid-B slot.
Delta Airlines is having an award sale to Europe from 33,000 miles round trip if you can stomach coach across the pond. Here is a sample of what you can book. As always, you’ll have to just check the Delta.com calendar and see what dates are available and if it works for you. I’d tell you what savings this represents but who the heck knows what anything through Delta is “supposed to” cost anymore. Still, if you find days with availability, this could be a nice way to get rid of some Skymiles. That said I still wouldn’t burn the miles unless cash fares were $500-$600 anyway and Europe can see some cheap deals with cash anyway.
And Gilbert at God Save the Points noticed that there’s wide open award availability on the JFK-LCY (and return LCY-SNN-JFK) BA 1 flight.
This will run you 60,000 Avios peak or 50,000 off-peak – or 57,500 American AAdvantage miles. Or pick another Oneworld carrier to use, like Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles.
If you’ve never flown it, it’s definitely a fun experience. I reviewed it once-upon-a-time for my old site, Hotel Magician, but neglected to port it over.
A few notes:
a) It’s a super novelty but an aging product. Don’t expect the most luxurious ride- but it’s a nice one. 2×2 seating.
b ) Flying westbound you refuel and clear customs at Shannon. For most of us with Global Entry all this means is a longer flight time.
c) BA charges their normal exorbitant high fuel surcharges. Around $500 direct or $400 if connecting from elsewhere in Europe.
Boarding or deplaning at LCY is sweet, though. Departing LCY means door to gate in about 10 minutes. And arriving there means you are already in the City.
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