Delta flash sale: 48K RT to London

Delta is offering a flash sale on flights to London from various cities in the US with prices starting from just 48,000 miles round trip (in economy class). With airfare sales to Europe pretty common, this may not look terribly compelling for those in cities with a heavy low-cost-carrier presence. However, this price is available from some smaller cities, which might be appealing to those in less competitive markets.

The Deal

  • Round trip economy class flights to London starting at 48,000 miles round trip
  • Book by 11:59pm EST on November 15, 2017
  • Travel from January 9, 2018 through May 10, 2018
  • Link to promotion page

Quick Examples

This one is available from a variety of cities, so the trick is just to do a search. However, as a couple of quick examples of availability this morning, I see 48K available nearly every day. This is a 5-week window for a 7-day trip out of New York in March:

As you can see, you’d pay 48,000 miles plus about $184 in taxes and fees. That’s not too exciting out of New York as there are regular airfare sales in the $300’s and $400’s from New York to Europe (including taxes). However, for those in more expensive markets, this could be a decent enough deal. For example, I see similarly wide availability out of Myrtle Beach:

While it’s still not an amazing deal (cash fares can be had in the $500’s right now), it’s worth a look if you’re considering a booking and are flush with Delta miles.

Bottom line

With competition keeping economy class airfares pretty low between most of the US and Europe, this sale isn’t the best deal ever. However, 48K miles round trip is a decent option compared to many other award tickets. Note that in my first few searches I did not see similar pricing on one-way tickets (those priced out at 30K each way still). Also note that you can fly on Delta or partners. Also keep in mind that you may be able to pay for a ticket using miles and get a better value than this, earning miles on your ticket and getting elite credit.

What do you think? Would you make a booking at these rates?

H/T: The Gate

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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  1. This seems like a pretty bad redemption of miles. There have been no shortage of cheap cash fares to Western Europe, some in the $300s.

    I’d save the Sky Pesos for a better premium redemption or for short-notice domestic travel.

  2. Depends on departure location. It is a pretty good deal from west coast cities like Seattle. And if you can utilize the $200 Delta credit coming with the Platinum Card

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