Dallas to Istanbul: SkyTeam Business Class ~$1800 R/T All In!

Found this one quite by accident! Wide open availability from DAL (Dallas Love Field) to Istanbul, Turkey (IST) on SkyTeam: Delta, KLM, Air France. Wide open for most of 2016. I was unable replicate from other departure cities within a few sample searches.

BOOK ASAP! You can always purchase on Delta and cancel within 24 hours.

Samples Dates are departing on Mar 16, 2016 and returning on Mar 23, 2015. Search on Google Flights and book through Delta or Air France.

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Spring Flight Deals to Europe Under $700: OneWorld, Star Alliance, & SkyTeam!

Morning, readers!

Winter is here and this is prime time for cheap deals to Europe from North America. Below are a few highlighted deals in Economy that are currently available on Google Flights:

Chicago (ORD) to Istanbul (IST) – $621 R/T inc. taxes. Sample dates Mar 11-Mar 16, 2016.

Operated by Delta/Air France/KLM. Bookable on Google Flights/Delta.com

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Chicago to Istanbul, $621 R/T

Chicago (ORD) to Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF) – $683 R/T inc. taxes. Sample dates Mar 11-Mar 16, 2016. Price is a few dollars cheaper on Delta/KLM but for those of you prefer to fly the Dreamliner or Star Alliance, this is your best option.

Operated by LOT Polish on the 787 Dreamliner. Bookable on Google Flights/LOT/Priceline

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Chicago to Sofia, Bulgaria, $683 R/T

Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO) – $685 R/T inc. taxes. Sample dates Mar 9-Mar 14, 2016.

Bookable on Google Flights/AA. Flights booked on AA are marketed by AA so you will earn 100% AAdvantage miles on flights. Operated by AA/Iberia.

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Snag these low fares while they’re hot! Play with dates and other departure cities to see if you can find even better deals yourself on Google Flights.

 

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Seattle to Baltimore – Delta- #FlightDeal or Weekday #MileageRun – Nov 2014 – $268 R/T – 4.8 CPM – #SkyTeam

Not everyone is able to do weekday mileage runs due to their work schedule, but if you are, here’s an easy one that only eats up one full day since the outbound segment is a redeye. Not much flexibility on dates if you’re seeking the lowest fare possibility.

Sample Departure Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Sample Return Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 (redeye, no hotel stay needed)

Airline: Delta

CPM:  4.8 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,506 CPM

Routing: SEA-ATL-BWI-ATL-DFW

Total Roundtrip Fare: $268

 

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Austin to LAX – Delta- #FlightDeal or #MileageRun – Nov 2014 – $216 R/T – 3.9 CPM – #SkyTeam

Interested in a quick redeye mileage run on a Friday evening after work? There seems to be a flurry of MRs for Texas folks on Delta this week. Not many dates available with the lowest fare by other dates and/or trip lengths can be had for a bit more. This is a follow up to my Houston to LAX post yesterday.

Sample Departure Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Sample Return Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 (redeye, no hotel stay needed)

Airline: Delta

CPM:  3.9 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,504 CPM

Routing: AUS-ATL-LAX-ATL-AUS

Total Roundtrip Fare: $216

 

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Houston to LAX – Delta- #FlightDeal or #MileageRun – Nov 2014 – $202 R/T – 3.8 CPM – #SkyTeam

This is a quick turnaround mileage run from Houston to LAX via Atlanta in Delta Economy on a Friday afternoon with a red-eye return in less than 24 hours. Not many dates available with the lowest fare by other dates and/or trip lengths can be had for a bit more.

Sample Departure Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Sample Return Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2014 (arrive Nov 15)

Airline: Delta

CPM:  3.8 CPM 

Total Base Mileage Earned: 5,256 CPM

Routing: IAH-ATL-LAX-ATL-IAH

Total Roundtrip Fare: $202

 

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STL/MSY/DFW to Madrid in Business Class- Delta – #FlightDeal – Mar 2014 – ~$2,000 R/T – #SkyTeam

Update: 10/21 8:16 PM CST

$2,029 Fare also available from New Orleans (MSY)

$2,077 from Dallas (DFW)

Europe is still quite chilly in early March but Spain is going to be about the mildest spot on the continent.

While the price isn’t earth shattering cheap, roughly $2,000 round-trip to Europe in business class is still a really good deal. The product isn’t exciting (Delta 767) but it’s still a comfy way to cross the Atlantic. A decent amount of dates available in February and March 2015.

Sample Departure Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2o14

Sample Return Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2014

Airline: Delta

CPM: 14.0 CPM  (Again, not anywhere near mileage run worthy but still a good business class fare)

Total Base Mileage Earned: 14,418 Base Miles if you bank to Alaska Mileage Plan, 10,145 if banked to Delta SkyMiles under Skymiles 2015

Routing: STL-ATL-MAD-ATL-STL

Total Roundtrip Fare: $2,029

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Preferred Seating on Delta for Alaska MVPs

Update 9-19-2014 : I booked a flight to Hong Kong this week on Delta and did not need to wait until the next day to access Preferred seating. Once I completed booking (with my Alaska Mileage Plan number added) I was able to immediately head over to Manage My Reservation and select Preferred Seating.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’m not a big fan of calling up Delta Airlines unless I must. I’m an Alaska Airlines MVP which gives me access to varied reciprocal benefits on Delta. While these benefits have reduced over time thanks to the strained friendship between Delta and Alaska, the perks are still better than no status at all.

While I automatically have access to Preferred seating on partner flights when booking through AlaskaAir.com, when booking on Delta.com, their site does not immediately recognize my MVP status during booking. On the seat selection page, you will find that standard and Economy Comfort seats are the only available option in Economy. Therefore, unless I pay for Economy Comfort or a paid upgrade to Business, I’m relegated to the standard, back-of-the-plane or middle seats. However, the trick is to return to your Delta reservation on Delta.com 24 hours later and you will suddenly find that the dark blue Preferred seats are now at your disposal at no cost.

Now, I’m standard MVP, not Gold or 75K MVP, so if you have higher status, your experience may be different.I was able to snag the aisle seat in an exit row for no additional cost. I booked a flight from TPA to DFW last week and 24 hours after my original  booking, I was able to snag the aisle seat in an exit row for no additional cost.

Calling into Delta is an alternate, immediate option after booking to request Preferred seats. But if you’re in no rush and your flight is only half full like mine was, calling into Delta wasn’t worth the trouble.

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I was able to snag the aisle seat in an exit row for no additional cost.