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mnredfox
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SkyTeam & Other Partner Airline Information

SkyTeam Airlines: (sorted alphabetically by airline code)

AF - Air France
Award classes (J/Y): O/X
Upgrade classes (J): O for Y/W/S
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: EF/KVS. airfrance.us/klm.com works but beware of the faux classic level (see post 1). For KVS tips for AF see here.
Long sell: No
EF availability: O/X
KVS availability: O/X
YQ: No
Hubs: CDG, ORY, TLS, MRS
Best route: JFK/IAD-CDG A388
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...ir-france.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...rance-klm.html

AM - Aero Mexico
Award classes (J/Y): C/Z or U
Upgrade classes (J): R from Y
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: KVS, airfrance.us/klm.com or DL.com
Long sell:
EF availability: NA
KVS availability: C/Z or U
YQ: No
Hubs: MEX, GDL
Best route:
Other tips:

AR - Aerolinas Aregentinas
Award classes (J/Y): U/X (P is domestic F)
Upgrade classes (J): U
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: KVS or EF (DL.com on various routes)
Long sell:
EF availability: X
KVS availability: X
YQ: No
Hubs: AEP, EZE
Best route:
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...argentina.html

AZ - Alitalia
Award classes (J/Y): Z/U
Upgrade classes (J):
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: airfrance.us/klm.com, EF/KVS
Long sell: Yes
EF availability: Z/U
KVS availability: Z/U
YQ: No
Hubs: FCO, LIN
Best route:
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...-skymiles.html

CI - China Airlines
Award classes (J/Y): O/S
Upgrade classes (J): I from Y
Blackout dates: Yes, new for 2015
Best search method: airfrance.us/klm.com, KVS (DL.com according to DL)
Long sell: Yes
EF availability: S
KVS availability: O/SI
YQ: Yes
Hubs: TPE, KHH
Best route:
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...ve-thread.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...n-skyteam.html

CZ - China Southern
Award classes (F/J/Y): P(China domestic)/I/O
Upgrade classes (F/J): P/I from Y
Blackout dates: Yes - new for 2015
Best search method: EF/KVS, airfrance.us/klm.com
Long sell: Yes
EF availability: P/I/O
KVS availability: P/I/O
YQ:
Hubs: CAN, SZX, PEK, PVG, DLC, SHE, PEK, CGO, CSX
Best route: LAX-CAN A388
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...ve-thread.html

KE - Korean
Award classes (J/Y): O/X
Upgrade classes (J): Z from Y
Blackout dates: No (as of March 2015 - existed in 2014)
Best search method: KVS, EF for JP/TW flights only, DL.com (as of Oct 2012, but as of Sep 2014 having issues again), otherwise call DL (KE's skypass availability doesn't match DL's).
Long sell: No
EF availability: A/O and Z
KVS availability: A/O and Z/X
YQ: Yes (though currently not being collected)
Hubs: ICN
Best route: LAX/JFK-ICN A388
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...le-dl-com.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...-dl-miles.html
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...-skymiles.html

KL - KLM
Award classes (J/Y): O/X
Upgrade classes (J): O from Y/B/M
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: klm.com/airfrance.us (confirm with DL.com), EF/KVS
Long sell: No
EF availability: O/X
KVS availability: O/X
YQ: No
Hubs: AMS
Best route:
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...lta-miles.html

KQ - Kenya Airways
Award classes (J/Y): O/W
Upgrade classes (J): O
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: airfrance.us/klm.com or KVS
Long sell:
EF availability: NA
KVS availability: O/W
YQ: Yes
Hubs: NBO
Best route:
Other tips:

ME - Middle East Airlines
Award classes (J/Y): R or O/X
Upgrade classes (J): R or O
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: KVS
Long sell:
EF availability: NA
KVS availability: R/X
YQ: Yes
Hubs: BEY
Best route:
Other tips:

MU - China Eastern
Award classes (F/J/Y): A/O/X
Upgrade classes (F/J): A/D
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: KVS, DL.com (according to DL). Ask for long sell. EF does not work, otherwise try MU.com and search for award inventory (not fool proof but close). See this post.
Long sell: Yes, most effective partner
EF availability: A/O/X (recent reports of EF not being accurate with MU)
KVS availability: A/O/X
YQ: Yes - note flights with MU segments may trigger high YQ fees charged by all partners including DL on a single itin.*
Hubs: PVG, SHA, PEK, KMG
Best route: PVG-JFK A346
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...ve-thread.html

OK - CSA Czech
Award classes (J/Y): Z/E
Upgrade classes (J): Z from Y/M
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: airfrance.us/klm.com, KVS/Wandering Aramean
Long sell:
EF availability: NA
KVS availability: Z/E
YQ: Yes
Hubs: PRG
Best route:
Other tips:

RO - Tarom
Award classes (J/Y): Z/X
Upgrade classes (J): Z
Blackout dates:
Best search method: Wandering Aramean
Long sell:
EF availability:
KVS availability: Z/X
YQ:
Hubs: OTP
Best route:
Other tips:

SU - Aeroflot
Award classes (J/Y): O/X
Upgrade classes (J): O from Y/S
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: EF/KVS, DL.com for various routes
Long sell: No
EF availability: O/X
KVS availability: O/X
YQ: Yes
Hubs: SVO
Best route:
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...-aeroflot.html

SV - Saudia
Award classes (F/J/Y): A/O/X
Upgrade classes (F/J): A/O
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: EF/KVS
Long sell:
EF availability: A/D/L
KVS availability: A/O/X
YQ: No
Hubs: JED, RUH, MED, DMM
Best route:
Other tips:

UX - Air Europa
Award classes (J/Y): O/X
Upgrade classes (J): O
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: EF/KVS
Long sell:
EF availability: O/X (can someone with EF confirm please?)
KVS availability: O/X
YQ: Yes
Hubs: MAD, ACE, FUE, LPA, TFN, TFS
Best route:
Other tips:

VN - Vietnam
Award classes (J/Y): J/U
Upgrade classes (J): J
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: airfrance.us/klm.com or KVS/Wandering Aramean
Long sell:
EF availability: NA
KVS availability: J/U
YQ: Hit or miss
Hubs: HAN, SGN
Best route:
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...vn-flight.html

The following are non-ST partners:

AS - Alaska
Award classes (J/Y): A/W
Upgrade classes (J): NA
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: alaskaair.com (DL.com has been spotty) or EF/KVS
Long sell: No
EF availability: A/W
KVS availability: A/W
YQ: No
Hubs: SEA, PDX, LAX, SJC, OAK, SFO
Best route:
Other tips:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...-airlines.html

G3 - GOL
Award classes (J/Y): I/X
Upgrade classes (J): NA
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: DL.com (according to DL)
Long sell:
EF availability:
KVS availability: I/X
YQ:
Hubs: GIG, GRU
Best route:
Other tips:

HA - Hawaiian
Award classes (J/Y): D/T
Upgrade classes (J): NA
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: EF/KVS
Long sell: No
EF availability: T
KVS availability: T
YQ:
Hubs: HNL, OGG
Best route:
Other tips:

MH - Malaysia
Award classes (J/Y): I?/S
Upgrade classes (J): NA
Blackout dates: Yes?
Best search method: EF/KVS, call DL
Long sell: Yes
EF availability: S
KVS availability: S
YQ: Yes
Best route: KUL
Other tips: MH post-merger has had increasing fees/taxes

VA - Virgin Australia International
Award classes (J/Y): Z/X
Upgrade classes (J): NA
Blackout dates: No
Best search method: Velocity rewards via VA's website (search RT), KVS, DL's website or call DL
Long sell: No
EF availability: NA, only searches DJ H availability, not VA's
KVS availability: Z/X
YQ: Yes (although not yet being collected)
Hubs: LAX, SYD
Best route: LAX-SYD/MEL/BNE 777
Other tips: VA is known to have high fees/taxes
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta...ess-class.html

9W - Jet Airways (ends 15 Oct 2012)
Award classes (J/Y):
Upgrade classes (J):
Blackout dates:
Best search method:
Long sell:
EF availability:
KVS availability:
YQ: No
Hubs: BOM, DEL
Best route:

*Note on MU YQ. If you add a single MU segment the YQ fee of the whole itinerary may jump higher than the YQ fare tax of that single segment. (e.g. say you want to fly ICN-PVG on MU and YQ tax is $70**. Adding that segment will may make the overall ticket YQ to jump not by $70, but by a lot more like $300-400). I'm not sure exactly how and why this works (perhaps it triggers YQ from other carriers that don't charge YQ like KE)
**Typical method to calculate YQ is to use ITA and book regular fare ticket in same class of service.

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