Delta Business Class availability in November from JFK-Zurich for up to 8 passengers


Delta has released a handful of dates of business class saver availability between JFK and Zurich during the month of November. This availability was spotted by View from Wing via Thrifty Traveler Premium. Normally, we wouldn’t take the time to let readers know about a few days of business availability on one route, but Gary noted in his post that several dates have 4 seats available…and it’s actually much better than that. These dates currently have up to 8 seats available. 

While the availability shows up on Delta, they absolutely kill their own members on pricing, making Virgin Atlantic the best way to book.

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The Deal

  • Delta business class from JFK to Zurich in November for 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles each way for up to 8 passengers
  • Virgin is a transfer partner of American Express, Bilt, Citi, Chase and Capital One. Transfers are instant for Amex, Citi and Chase. Transfer time for Bilt and Capital One is unknown.

Here’s current availability from JFK-ZRH. This calendar is for 8 passengers and I clicked through each date to confirm that the availability was actually there:

a calendar with numbers and a purple square

Here’s the return availability from Zurich, again for 8 passengers. There’s a few additional dates with 2-4 seats available:

a calendar with numbers and letters

Check out this trick from Greg about booking with Virgin and how to trick the site into giving you the monthly calendar view.

Quick Thoughts

This is a specific, shoulder-season route and won’t be terribly useful for many folks. But having this many seats come open in Delta business at one time is a bit of a unicorn…especially since it’s all available to book via Virgin Atlantic. For those that need the space and can use it, it’s quite an availability drop.

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@ Tim — Thanks, again! You guys are the best.


I bet Stephen, Nick or Greg wished they had taken the 125k Delta Reserve offer in the 3 cards, 3 continents draft now… Wait… Hold on a second… Virgin points? To a non-alliance hub??


Is this supposed to be 50,000 miles each way? That’s what I found, anyway. All I saw left was leaving on T’giving and returning either 11/30 or 12/1. I considered it. On DL the same trip/same plane is 320,000!

Reno Joe

Oh, sure. And, everyone gets a pony as well.

You guys crack me up.

Reno Joe

That’s the initial reaction to the headline. Has Delta gone crazy? Then you read . . . oh, Virgin points. Okay. But, you guys got me. I have to admit.


Well, of course Virgin points. The headline doesn’t say to book via Delta, that would just be unreasonable. You still need the availability to be released by Delta.

Reno Joe

Exactly. I still want a pony.


it honestly would have been decent of them to put (Virgin points) or something in the title instead of embedded in middle of post