Thursday, January 1st, 2015, 2:08 am
Delta’s 2015 program is now live. What does that mean for you?
1. You can now book one-way awards, though you can no longer take a free stopover. That’s the same policy as American.
For now United still allows stopovers on round-trip awards, but I can’t see that lasting for long. USAirways also allows for free stopovers, though that program will end in the 2nd quarter of this year.
For example for JFK to Tel Aviv a one-way coach award can now run 40K, 50K, 62.5K, 75K, or 85K.
A domestic one-way coach award can run 12.5K, 17.5K, 20K, 25K, or 32.5K.
3. Unless you are flying on very expensive tickets, you will earn a small fraction of the miles that you used to earn thanks to revenue based mileage earning instead of distance based mileage earning.
United will match this change in March.
4. The best way to search for Delta award space is to search for a one-way flight with flexible dates using miles:
Then you can expand the flex search to 5 weeks and you can limit it to nonstop flights if you so desire.
Although you can select between Delta flights or Delta+partner flights it’s worth noting that most Delta partner award flights can only be booked over the phone.
Here is a 5 week view of nonstop one-way awards from JFK to Tel Aviv: