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Did you know United Coach Class to Europe at a 20% discount for 48,000 miles? Perhaps you’ve read about it. But did you know you can book a Business Class award for only 40,000 SPG Starpoints or redeem only 35,000 US Airways Dividend miles for a round trip Coach Class during low season?
These are great award flight options you should be familiar with.
I received an email form United yesterday that reminded me of a few different discount award options to Europe. I didn’t immediately blog about it yesterday because I was too busy playing bar games during my Delta flight in First Class on board a Delta 757 that was obtained through the acquisition of Northwest Airlines.
United Limited Time 20% Discount on Coach
United is offering a 20% discount on round trip Saver Awards in United Economy® for flights booked between November 6, 2012, and November 15, 2012 and for travel between January 15, 2013, and March 13, 2013. This knocks a round trip coach award from the U.S. to Europe down to only 48,000 United miles round trip from 60,000 miles round trip. You can read more about the details of this offer over at United.
Air France Low Season Discount Business And Coach
Air France / KLM offers a 50% discounted awards program. This means their Business Class awards from select cities in North America to Europe will only cost you 50,000 Flying Blue miles + fuel surcharges. In addition, Flying Blue offers the ability to redeem one-way awards which knock down this discounted price to only 25,000 Flying Blue miles for a one-way Business Class award.
- Round Trip Discounted Coach Class – 25,000 Flying Blue Miles
- Round Trip Discounted Business Class – 50,000 Flying Blue Miles
If you don’t have Flying Blue miles, you can transfer Starwood Starpoints or American Express Membership Rewards over to Flying Blue Miles. If you don’t have any Starwood Starpoints, check out this post for a way to get 50,000 Starpoints. Since Starwood Starpoints come with a 20% bonus when you transfer 20,000 Starpoints, you’ll have enough for a one-way Business Class award when you transfer only 20,000 Starpoints.
- Round Trip Discounted Coach Class – 20,000 Starpoints Transfserred to Flying Blue Miles
- Round Trip Discounted Business Class – 40,000 Starpoints Transfserred to Flying Blue Miles
Alternatively, you could sign up for an American Express credit card, and transfer American Express Membership rewards for a Business Class award to Europe.
- Round Trip Discounted Coach Class – 25,000 American Express Membership Rewards Transfserred to Flying Blue Miles
- Round Trip Discounted Business Class – 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards Transfserred to Flying Blue Miles
The flight from Washington DC to Paris, France is operated on of of Air France’s A380 double decker planes. You can read my review of the Business Class seat on the upper deck in my trip report here.
A one-way business class award to Europe for only 20,000 SPG points. Now that is a deal! You can review the latest Air France / KLM 50% discounted award flights on the Flying Blue promotion page.
British Airways Boston To Ireland In Coach
You can redeem British Airways Avios for a round trip Air Lingus flight in Coach Class from Boston to Ireland for only 25,000 in coach for only $146.28 in taxes and fees. You can read more about British Airways awards through their Executive Club website.
US Airways Off-Peak Discounted Coach And Business Awards
If you can fly to Europe on non-peak times and have US Airways miles, you can fly to Europe for only 35,000 in Coach or 60,000 in Business Class. This is a great reason to stock up on US Airways miles during their 100% bonus for purchased or 100% bonus for shared miles. You can currently fly to Europe from the U.S. for the discounted price between January 15, 2013 and February 28, 2013. You can read more about the US Airways off-peak awards on their website.
In my opinion, the Air France 50% discounted awards are the best deal since sliced bread.
By remaining flexible with the time you visit Europe, and having points in multiple programs that offer discounts, you can save big on award travel from the U.S. to Europe in Coach or Business Class.
Are there any other great deals out there at the moment?
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