It’s sad when this warrants a post but I am in shock! I got the most convenient flights amongst all carriers to the destinations I wanted, in business, on my requested dates (no flexibility this time), and at the low level…AND IT’S WITH DELTA SKYMILES! You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted about securing a room at the SPG Santa Marina Luxury Collection property in Mykonos for this coming summer – SPG 100,000 Euro Hotel Room Booked with Points! Greek Islands 2015…. Booking the room was extremely difficult and the dates are not at all flexible. As normal, I figured I’d book the flights a few weeks out when there tends to be the best availability (I’m comfortable waiting until the last possible minute, see – Just Booked Maldives Flights for Monday! Emirates First Class Awards for $30).
Anyway, for kicks I decided to check out Delta’s availability for JFK to Mykonos(JMK) and then Athens (ATH) to JFK. The JFK-JMK had multiple options available, all with connections in Rome. I could choose from 3 flights to Rome (2 on Alitalia and 1 on Delta) all with business availability. I went with the latest departure and the shortest connection time in Rome (allowing me to work a full day in New York). The flight also happens to be the shortest total duration to JMK from NYC across all available carriers, by over an hour (12 hours and 10 minutes total). WOW, shocked and surprised I moved on to the return flight. I saw no ATH-JFK availability (well unless I wanted to spend over 300K SkyMiles), but searching segment by segment I found availability on KLM to ATL (via AMS) connecting to LGA and on Air France to BOS (via CDG) connecting to LGA as well. I went with the KLM connections. The next morning I searched once again and the direct ATH-JFK flight opened up at the low award level. A quick call to SkyMiles and I was booked (24 hour cancelation)! Total cost 125,000 miles per person and $110 in taxes!
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