Vineyards in Tuscany, pasta, Grand Canal of Venice, pizza, Lamborghini, Gelato, beaches of Sardinia, lasagna, Maserati, prosciutto, tiramisu….ok, I need to stay focused…
A few days ago, Delta announced the launch of their new seasonal Boston (BOS) to Rome (FCO) route that will fly between 21 May and 8 September 2020.
Typically, when airlines announce new routes, it’s an amazing opportunity for those with points and miles to really cash in. Often, the general public is unaware of the new flight and award availability is just being loaded into the computer so award space is wide open.
WELL, THAT TIME IS NOW!
Award space was just loaded into the computer and Delta One (business class) is available for redeeming points.
Here’s how this works…Delta has dynamic pricing which means they charge whatever they want, when they want. The ticket could cost 10,000 miles on Monday, and cost 300,00 miles on Tuesday. I wish I was joking but it is what it is. However, Delta is currently asking 80,000 miles (or if you prefer cash, Delta is asking ~$8,000). Dates are scatted but definitely available.
TRICKS AREN’T JUST FOR KIDS!
If you’re short on Delta Skymiles or prefer instead to use your Skymiles on the amazing Delta sales (like this one or this one), I understand. By now you should also know that whenever Delta is involved, check Virgin Atlantic! I’ve written about this trick many times.
In other words…
80,000 Delta Skymiles +$5.60 or;
50,000 Virgin Flying Club Miles +$5.60 for the exact same business class flight?
Virgin Atlantic is a partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy (READ MORE), American Express Membership Rewards (READ MORE) and Citi ThankYou Rewards. Amex and Citi have been known to offer transfer bonuses to Virgin Atlantic but if you’re interested in this redemption, I would go ahead and book it.
DELTA’S NEW FLIGHT
Now that we got the good stuff out of the way, let’s move on to the less than stellar news. Delta’s new nonstop flight will be operated by an Airbus A330-300. Unfortunately, this means you won’t be in Delta’s new “Delta One Suite” but you will be in a comfortable, lie-flat, 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration business class seat.
The new Boston flight will operate with the following schedule:
- DL20: Boston (BOS) Departure 1700 – Rome (FCO) Arrival 0715 (+1)
- DL21: Rome (FCO) Departure 1045 – Boston (BOS) Arrival 1415
If you are interested in visiting other parts of Europe, this could also be a great starting point for the whole trip. Europe has a lot of low-cost carriers and you can bounce from country to country for cheap.
I would also recommend that you take a look at business-class availability for other transatlantic routes during the peak season (summer 2020).
HINT! HINT! New York (JFK) – Madrid (MAD) is looking really nice!!
So, who is taking advantage of the open award availability?