Amazing Availability: Fly Delta One to Europe for Christmas or New Year’s for 100K Miles RT!
Fancy a Christmas vacation to Europe? Or a New Year’s bash overseas? Here’s your chance to do it on the cheap – and in style.
Flying to Europe can be expensive – especially in the comfort of business class. And scoring a great deal over Christmas and the holidays is nearly impossible. Even Delta SkyMiles won’t help you, as the airline typically charges 250,000 SkyMiles or more for a round-trip flight in Delta One business class.
But we’re seeing almost daily availability for Delta One business class seats to Europe from many Delta hubs from Dec. 20 through early January and beyond. And by using one of our favorite workarounds to save on Delta flights, you can book these flights for just 50,000 miles each way. The best part? There’s enough award space to fly your whole family to Europe and back. In many cases, you can find four to six (or more!) seats on these flights.
Check out how easy it is for a family of six to fly from Detroit (DTW) to Amsterdam (AMS) for Christmas! Every date below available at 50,000 miles has six or more seats available.
The trick is using Virgin Atlantic miles instead of Delta SkyMiles, saving you tens to hundreds of thousands of miles. You can’t transfer a balance of Delta SkyMiles to Virgin Atlantic in order to book at these rates. But Virgin Atlantic miles are extremely easy to earn, as you can transfer them from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards points, and Citi.
Availability will vary by city, so you might need to be flexible with dates to make these rates work. Still, to see this much award availability to fly to Europe and back for the insane Christmas travel period is astounding. A round-trip booking should incur about $50 in cash fees per person.
Because of how Virgin Atlantic sets award prices, you’ll need a nonstop route to snag these flights at 50,000 miles each way. Luckily, there are plenty of options.
Your best bet is searching from Delta hubs like New York City-JFK (JFK), Minneapolis (MSP), Seattle (SEA), Detroit (DTW), Boston (BOS), and even Salt Lake City (SLC) and Atlanta (ATL). Flying to Amsterdam (AMS) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) will be easiest, but there’s also availability to Madrid (MAD) and even Milan (MXP) from select cities.
And it shouldn’t be a problem to get back home from Europe in Delta One, either: Availability on return flights is solid, too!
Thrifty Tip: Cut down on award fees by booking round-trip flights rather than two one-way itineraries. Search for your departing and return flights individually as one-way flights, then combine the dates that work in a round-trip booking.
Unfortunately, these flights generally won’t be in the fantastic new Delta One suites. Most of these flights will put you on an Airbus A330, with one of Delta’s better business class seats, or an older Boeing 767. Either way, you’ll have a lie-flat bed and better meals for the flights across the Atlantic Ocean.
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
New York City-JFK (JFK)
Salt Lake City (SLC)
Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Not all destination cities are available at these rates from all departure cities. Search through Virgin Atlantic to see what is available.
Getting to Europe in style for the holidays has never been so easy. Or cheap.
Travel during the holidays is typically obscenely expensive. And it can be hard – if not impossible – to find seats at that rate when demand is so high during the winter holidays.
And considering Delta recently started charging at least 105,000 SkyMiles for a one-way to Europe in business class, this is a steal. That’s why this workaround using Virgin Atlantic miles is so valuable. Add in this glut of award availability, and it’s an amazing opportunity.
You can book four or more Delta One seats from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Amsterdam (AMS) for just 50,000 miles almost every day from Dec. 23 through Jan. 7!
Or fly from New York City-JFK (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for just 100,000 miles and $50 round-trip. There’s wide-open availability during the same time period.
How to Get Virgin Atlantic Miles
This award space likely won’t last long. But if you want some Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles to book Delta One on the cheap next time, you can do it easily.
That’s because the airline is a transfer partner with three major bank points currencies: Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou points. You can also transfer from Marriott Bonvoy points.
So you could boost your Flying Club balance by opening the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card. The Preferred is currently offering a 60,000-point welcome bonus after spending $4,000 within three months of opening the card, while the Reserve has a 50,000-point introductory bonus for the same spending requirement.
The American Express Platinum Card is a strong option for frequent flyers. The $550 annual fee may seem steep, but that comes with at least a 60,000-point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 within three months and an unbeatable set of travel perks. But be sure to check to see if you qualify for a 100,000-point bonus.
We can hardly believe our eyes. Booking business class to Europe for just 50,000 miles by using Virgin Atlantic is always a great deal. But this availability over Christmas and New Years is almost too good to be true.
But it’s there. Book now before it disappears!
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