Delta.com’s award search calendar has long been worthless. It had a color coded flexible search option, but it was wrong more often than it was right.
Now they have finally fixed it and it displays the actual mileage rate. Plus when making a flexible search you can choose from flexible days or a 5 week calendar as you can see below in this first class award search from Los Angeles to Sydney:
Switching from flexible days to 5 weeks pulls up this handy calendar:
And in no time you can find a business class flight to Sydney on Virgin Australia for 160,000 Delta miles, one of the best uses of Delta miles:
You can even take a free stopover in Tahiti along the way to explore the islands of Moorea and Bora Bora. But unfortunately Delta international stopovers must be booked over the phone.
It’s good to see Delta finally working to improve their dreadful mileage redemption experience. Alas, it comes on the heels of Delta limiting how many points you can transfer to Skymiles from partners like AMEX and Starwood effective 01/01/15.