I have just booked my 2014 summer trip to Sweden and burned up ¼ million Skymiles to do that since “saver” business seats now cost 125,000 each round trip so for Lisa & I together that adds up to 250,000 and you know, I am very happy with that. Why?
I looked at the dates I will be flying and the price for the ticket in business class for the two of us would have run us $6749! That gives my redemption of my Skymiles 2.7 cents value for each. Now I would not personally pay this much for a ticket, but it still shows the value I am getting. I ran the numbers and even a coach ticket would have set me back $2944 if I were to buy it. All I had to pay was my points plus tax.
I have not seen London yet. Paris, Amsterdam & others yes but London no. So, thanks to the stopover rules with award tickets on a Delta award ticket I am going to do just that on my return. It will all be in business class and if I had gone ahead and purchased such an itinerary, well, you can see what Delta.com says it would cost me above – yikes! I do also have the luxury as a Diamond Medallion to make any changes I want free of charge up to 72 hrs before the flight and may tinker with flights as I can try to squeeze a free day in Amsterdam if I can keep it less than 24hrs between my connections (Delta allows only less than 4 hrs on a domestic but less than 24 on international awards).
So many complain about SkyMles and sometimes reps can be frustrating (until you get a good one like I did). I also just smile each time I hear the word Skypeso because those who gripe and whine the loudest are those who just don’t understand the real value of Skymiles. I feel for them and their lack of understanding, but am just as happy they are not loyal to the airline I love to fly! – René
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