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“O” My Goodness: Crazy High Delta Business Class Award Fares Next Summer

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Want to use SkyMiles to travel in the nice seats next summer? It’s going to cost you — in some cases a lot. 

This post on FlyerTalk notes that “O” fares (business class awards) specifically on Delta partners jumped from 75,000 SkyMiles each way (or 150,000 miles roundtrip) to 95,000 SkyMiles (190,000 roundtrip). Worth noting: they increased to 85,000 SkyMiles each way about three years ago.

In fact, here’s post with a spreadsheet René had with Delta One award prices as recent as 2019.

We poked around some Delta One and partner business class award flights. Here’s a sampling of what we found.

LAX to Amsterdam: 190,000 SkyMiles roundtrip in Virgin Upper Class and KLM Europe Business Class.
LAX to Amsterdam: 190,000 SkyMiles roundtrip in Virgin Upper Class and KLM Europe Business Class.

We saw this whale of a fare from LAX to Paris: Delta One there and Air France business on the way back.

415,000 SkyMiles to fly Delta One from LAX to Paris and Air France business class on the way back.
415,000 SkyMiles to fly Delta One from LAX to Paris and Air France business class on the return.

And there’s this calendar for flights from Seattle to Brussels.

591,000 SkyMiles from Seattle to Brussels!
591,000 SkyMiles from Seattle to Brussels!

That’s right. If those dates are the only ones that work for you and a companion, you’ll need to spend almost 1.2 million SkyMiles. (Though do note that there are some dates available for about a third of that price.)

Final Approach

Jumping 40,000 SkyMiles for a trip soon after mortgaging the frequent flyer program seems a little suspect. I understand that summer is the high travel season. But these prices seem to reflect a world in which COVID-19 worries are all but eradicated. I don’t think that’ll happen — at least, that soon.

 

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3 Comments

  1. JBSanDiego Reply

    WoW…hope this doesn’t stick! A very scary development, to say the least.

  2. Using the Pay With Miles option at $.01 per mile, those 1,200,000 miles would equate to “only” $12.000. Lol (not).

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