Delta Skymiles have long been derided as Skypesos for their exorbitant award rates and lack of saver award availability.
A week ago they started finally allowing one-way award redemptions, though that came at the expense of a free stopover.
If you act quickly Delta.com is showing impossible amounts of saver award space on some partner routes. And people are reporting that it is ticketing properly.
Take the JFK to London route for example. Delta is partners with Virgin Atlantic, which flies an excellent business class product on the route, and has top-notch lounges with kosher meals available in the lounge as well.
I did a search for 9 seats in peak summer travel time. Under any normal circumstances there would be nothing available for that many seats on a single flight. But check this out…
Almost every single day has 9 seats available in business saver class on Virgin Atlantic.
The best way to search is to use this advanced search form and set it up as shown here:
It’s not just business class either. A search for 9 coach seats from JFK to London:
Note that one-way flights from Europe do have a fuel surcharge, so you’ll want to book flights to Europe as a round-trip. It’s just easier to initially search for a one-way trip.
Here’s a search for 4 seats in business class on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney. Nearly every date came back as bookable on Virgin Australia:
A search for 9 seats from Paris to Johannesburg in business class, nonstop on Air France:
New York to Paris isn’t showing availability every day like this, but still this is great availability for 2 business class seats from JFK to Johannesburg via Paris. Just be sure to switch from nonstop to all flights.
Here is a search for 9 business class seats nonstop from JFK to Seoul on Korean:
And a search for 4 seats from JFK to Hong Kong in business class on Korean via Seoul. Be sure to switch from nonstop to all flights:
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Delta miles never expire and they have no close-in expedite fee.
Post what other routes you find with incredible award availability!