Update: As of today Delta has opened this sale to everyone!
Originally posted on 08/10:
American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.
Delta is offering 30% off their level 1 awards to Europe for their elite members and for Delta AMEX cardholders for travel between 11/01/15-02/28/16.
For now it’s an unpublished sale, but I checked winter dates from JFK to Amsterdam, London, and Paris, and availability was surprisingly good.
Of course Delta doesn’t even tell you what level 1 in supposed to cost anymore, but that’s why I saved their award charts before they deleted them. Level 1 coach is normally 30K but is 21K with the sale. Level 1 business is normally 62.5K but is 43.5K with the sale.
You’ll need to login to view the discounted rates. DDF member “yuguy” reports that he closed his Platinum Delta card several weeks ago but is still able to book with the 30% off.
The sale is valid on one-ways in either direction. But it’s definitely worth noting that Delta charges a fuel surcharge for awards that originate in Europe. Therefore if you are flying from North America to Europe you’ll want to book as a round-trip. If you are flying from Europe to North America you’ll want to book travel as one-ways to take advantage of the lack of fuel surcharges for the return.
It’s always easier to search for one-way availability and then book it as a round-trip.
JFK-London nonstop one-way in coach for 21K:
JFK-London nonstop one-way in business for 43.5K:
JFK-Paris nonstop one-way in coach for 21K: