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Flying Blue Has No Fuel Surcharge In Either Direction on Delta Redemptions to South America or Asia

I’ve written before about how you can use Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles to redeem one-way awards on Delta (even though Delta does not allow you to book one way awards with Skymiles). I pointed out that this was useful for domestic travel and for one-way travel to Europe (they don’t charge a fuel surcharge on Delta flights to Europe, though oddly enough they do charge the surcharge for the return trip).

I hadn’t noticed before, but Flying Blue also does not charge a fuel surcharge on Delta redemptions to Central America, South America Australia or Asia IN EITHER DIRECTION. Flights on Delta metal are 30,000 miles round trip (or, as with all, you can book a one way) to Central America; 50,000 round trip to South America; and 80,000 round trip to Asia. The online tool appears to have some trouble with business class redemptions on Delta, so you’ll have to call to straighten that out.

Also, don’t forget that Flying Blue is also an Alaska Airlines partner, so you can redeem just 30,000 miles round trip (or 15k as a one-way) for travel on Alaska to Hawaii — you’ll have to call to book, as this redemption isn’t available online.

The one-way option allows for some flexibility when you’re booking since you can find availability in one direction and use miles from another program for the other direction (sounds obvious, but lots of people forget about that). You can get miles into Flying Blue from both Membership Rewards and Starwood (with the usual 5k bonus for 20k transfer).

Delta doesn’t have great availability, but using Flying Blue miles does basically open up a good chunk of the world for one-way award travel in both directions on Delta with no fuel surcharge. Always nice to have more options.

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Delta Skymiles Amex: 35,000 Miles After $750 Spend (Up from 30,000 Miles)

No, it’s not the 70,000 mile offer we’ve seen out there, but I thought I’d share anyway:

Follow this link and enter your Skymiles number. If you haven’t had a Delta Skymiles American Express before, you should see an offer for 35,000 miles after $750 spend in 3 months. First year fee is waived, $95 thereafter.

The offer is good for both the personal and business versions of the card.

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Delta Will Upgrade All Business Class Seats to Flat Beds on Transcon Flights Beginning in March (and Continuing for 2 Years)

Delta is placing a big bet on its transcon service, announcing that they will upgrade their premium cabins to all-flat beds on flights between JFK and Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Seattle beginning in March. The conversion for all aircraft will take 2 years.

Transcon flights will now all be operated by 757s and 767s, with 767s entering the JFK-LAX market beginning in March. Additional 767s with the new cabin will roll out over the following 3 months to 3 additional JFK-LAX flights and 1 JFK-SEA flight. The first LAX flight will coincide with transfers to Delta’s LAX-Sydney service so premium class travelers will enjoy lie-flat seats from JFK through to Sydney.

767s will have a 1-2-1 layout of its 26 BusinessElite seats upfront and offer 29 Economy Comfort seats.

And unlike United’s now-aging P.S. service, these new seats will be eligible for free Medallion Upgrades (though I imagine those will be nearly impossible to come by).

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70,000 Mile Bonus Delta Amex Credit Card Is Live Again

The Delta Skymiles Amex Gold card 70,000 mile bonus is back:

You’ll get 25,000 miles after first purchase, then 45,000 miles after spending $5,000 in 6 months. First year waived, $95 thereafter. It would also appear that if you have had a Delta Amex before, you can’t get the bonus.

Copy and paste this link, but change the words “John” “Smith” and “222222222” to your name and Delta Skymiles number:

https://www265.americanexpress.com/apisites/microsite-framedapp/apply/delta-gold-skymiles-credit-card/U7-1000-46?offerType=leadOffer&pmcVendorCode=U7&additionalOffer=false&
firstName=John&lastName=Smith&membershipNumber=222222222

(IF YOU’RE SEEING AN EXTRA BLANK LINE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE URL, TAKE IT OUT — FOR WHATEVER REASON, I CAN’T GET RID OF IT — SORRY ABOUT THAT)

(Thanks, Daraius for letting me know it’s back!)

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15% Off All Delta/SkyTeam Flights

A bunch of other blogs are writing this, but I wanted to pass along anyway because it’s a great deal a lot of people can use:

You can save 15% on any Delta or SkyTeam partner flight when you book before noon on September 24th on Alitalia‘s website and enter promo code WEEK15US after you select your flights.

That’s pretty much it – save 15% through end of schedule on all Delta flights. Nice.

(Thanks, Point me to the Plane)

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(DEAD AGAIN) How to Get a 70,000 Mile Bonus with the Amex Delta Gold Credit Card

(THIS OFFER IS DEAD AGAIN)

There’s been rumors of a 70,000 mile bonus being available for the American Express Delta Gold card, and now there is confirmation. You’ll get 25,000 miles after first purchase, then 45,000 miles after spending $5,000 in 6 months. First year waived, $95 thereafter. It would also appear that if you have had a Delta Amex before, you can’t get the bonus.

Copy and paste this link, but change the words “John” “Smith” and “222222222” to your name and Delta Skymiles number:

https://www265.americanexpress.com/apisites/microsite-framedapp/apply/delta-gold-skymiles-credit-card/U7-1000-46?offerType=leadOffer&pmcVendorCode=U7&additionalOffer=false&
firstName=John&lastName=Smith&membershipNumber=222222222

(IF YOU’RE SEEING AN EXTRA BLANK LINE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE URL, TAKE IT OUT — FOR WHATEVER REASON, I CAN’T GET RID OF IT — SORRY ABOUT THAT)

You’ll also get a $100 statement credit when you purchase a Delta ticket.

Say what you will about the ability to use Skymiles (and what I will say is that it’s terrible), 70,000 is a nice chunk of miles. Which in Delta’s case will get you, er, one domestic round trip ticket in most cases.

(Thx Slickdeals)

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Delta Asks to Move Detroit-Haneda route to Seattle

I’ll be honest – I don’t know why I’m so interested in the comings and goings of flights from the US to Tokyo Haneda airport. Perhaps because 2 years ago airlines were tripping over each other to gain access to Haneda, only to do a quick about face once the earthquake happened. You may remember (if you’re a complete freak) that 3 airlines were awarded flights to Haneda: Hawaiian (from Honolulu); Delta (from LA and Detroit); and American (from JFK). (Haneda is, for many, preferable to Tokyo Narita because it isn’t 2 hours from the city).

American suspended the JFK route less than a year after starting it, though it recently re-started it. Delta suspended its Detroit-Haneda route around the same time.

Now, Delta is asking to move the Detroit route to Seattle, which is a bit of nonsense since they made some huge pitch to the DoT that Detroit flights made sense as a midwestern base (rather than, say, United flights from Chicago) because of their large hub there. Now they’re trying to move that flight to Seattle, where ANA and United already fly to Tokyo (Narita) and Delta already has 3 flights a day to Japan. Not that life is fair, but I’m going to guess that United will try to get the DoT to give them that route and tell Delta to enjoy their LA-Haneda service.

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Get 500 Delta Skymiles When You Sign Up to Credit Your Accor Points to Delta – Easy!

Looking for an easy 500 Delta Skymiles? Sign up for Accor Hotels’ Le Club, and choose Delta as the airline partner to credit your stay to, and you’ll earn 500 Delta Skymiles. Seriously, it’s that easy.

Already a Le Club member? (And given their past promotions giving out Platinum left and right, you already may be) Just switch the airline partner in your account to Delta and you’ll still get the 500 miles:

– Log in to your account.
– Click “Manage my Le Club Accor Hotel points”
– Choose “Activate/Deactivate automatic conversion of my points into airline miles,” then choose Skymiles.

Offer ends August 31st.

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A Friendly Reminder: You Can Book 1-Way Tickets on Delta Using Flying Blue Miles (With No Fuel Surcharge) — to Europe, too!

One of the frustrations people have with Delta Skymiles (other than the fact that they are impossible to redeem) is that you can only book roundtrip tickets with them.

However, that does not mean there is no way to book a 1-way ticket on Delta using miles. Au contraire, mon frere.

If you use Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles, you can book a domestic 1-way ticket on Delta, with no ridiculous fuel surcharges. (CLARIFICATION: You can also book 1-way tickets on Delta for TransAtlantic travel using Flying Blue without fuel surcharges as well, as long as the entire itinerary is on Delta metal. Good luck finding a seat, but if they’re available, a coach 1-way TransAtlantic is 25,000 Flying Blue miles + $2.50. Pretty fantastic, considering that’s just 20,000 Starwood points.)

Below I walk through how I recently priced out an award ticket from LaGuardia to Detroit — the final price came to 12,500 Flying Blue miles plus $2.50. If low level awards are available on Delta.com, they’re also available on Flying Blue.

You can transfer Membership Rewards points into Flying Blue, or you can transfer Starwood points into the program (with the usual 5,000 mile bonus for transferring 20,000 miles). It’s a nice workaround for the Delta one-way restriction.

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Delta Gold SkyMiles Amex (Personal and Business): Now 35,000 Miles After $750 Spend (Up from 30,000)

I wanted to pass along this link to the Delta Gold SkyMiles American Express card. You’ll get 35,000 miles after $750 spend in 3 months, and the $95 annual fee is waived in the first year. Plus you’ll get your first checked bag free.

The previous best offer is for 30,000 miles (plus a $50 account credit) after $500 in spend (one could argue that those are actually similar offers, and you’re just trading off 5,000 miles for $50 in account credit. I guess I could be swayed that way, too. If you’re interested in that deal, here’s that link).

I’ve updated the Best Airline and Hotel Offers page with the new deal.

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