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Thank you, Delta!! a "sale" on award tickets!!

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okay, those are words not often spoken, right?
DH and I are flying to Amsterdam and one other spot in 3 1/2 weeks (flying over May 1, back on May 11th.) I've joined him in retirement, so we're now the "fixed income" people trying to travel lots but on the cheap - Had planned Amsterdam and Paris - watched air costs for about 2 months, finally booked on 3/28 - business travel (my favorite) was stuck up at about $2,800 each - I looked into upgrading from coach with points, and was quoted $2,500 PLUS something like 50,000 points for each - egads. and, to use just FF miles: 200,000 points!!! - virtually all that I have, for just one ticket. So, regretfully, I booked us into coach at $639 with all taxes and fees (about $540 before those extras.) I thought that was pretty good for coach these days, and got busy planning and convincing myself I could survive overnight in coach (my business travel was ALWAYS top tier, and has spoiled me!)
Well!!! this morning, I found an e-mail from Delta that they were putting award travel on sale - 10% less for coach, 20%-25% cut on business class! For grins, I decided to check it out - and now, have BOOKED two business class tickets for us (along the way, it became Amsterdam and Copenhagen, just because we decided to go places we've never been, and save our return to Paris for another time) so, TWO business class tickets over the ocean, first class seats for the connecting flights here in the states: 75,000 points each!! 3 1/2 weeks before the trip, down from 200,000 points as recently as a week ago! (and I see that as about a 60% reduction, btw, not 25% - way to go, Delta!!)
Pretty excited here, I must say - I cancelled the coach seats; we have a year from issuance to reuse them, and we can easily do that, so I'm not concerned. Even with a rebooking fee, we'll be fine - and we get to spread out on the redeye to AMS!! Yes!!
So, if it helps anyone else: it's "book by April 20th, travel between 4/20 and June 15" and it seems to be a great deal to us, and actually seems to exist.

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