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Updated as of 9/8/14 with current prices on Delta award chart (screen shots show old prices)

Delta SkyMiles get a bad rap–very deservedly so–for the lack of low-miles-price award availability that Delta releases, the fuel surcharges Delta charges on awards, and the fact that you can’t redeem miles for oneway awards at a fair price.

But it does not follow that Delta miles are worthless. In fact, you can get great value and do some pretty cool things with Delta miles.

  • What are my top choices to burn 160k, 140k, 125k, 92.5k, 60k, and 25k SkyMiles?

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Alitalia is offering $100 off roundtrip tickets to Europe this summer! Join their mailing list with a valid email address and receive a $100-off coupon for flights to Europe between now and the end of the year.

The coupon is also good for $150 off direct premium economy to Milan and Rome or $250 off business class to Europe if you are contemplating an expensive ticket.

For full details and to sign up for your “e-coupon code,” head here.

To take full advantage of this deal, you need to find a cheap Alitalia flight, and that’s easy. Head to the ITA Matrix, and fill out the form like this.

Search from your city to your destination. In the second and fourth fields, write “AZ+” which tells ITA Matrix to search only itineraries marketed by Alitalia. Lower down, choose your dates.

If you find a decent Alitalia paid itinerary, go to www.alitalia.com/us_en/ to find the same itinerary and use your $100 coupon.

If you planned on paying for an itinerary to Europe this year, this deal is free money. If you’re still holding out hope for an award to Europe, you need United or US Airways miles, and you need to look for space at the last minute when United and Lufthansa, among others, release unsold seats as award space.

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