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Using SkyMiles on SkyTeam & Other Partners Master Thread

Old Jul 11, 19, 10:41 am
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Finding some JFK-Europe availability for later in the summer at 80K RT. However, I would like to return on a different alliance that has biz class availability. When I try to book the same DL outbound leg one-way, it is 115K.

Is there a way around these dumb games DL plays? Does calling do anything? Possible to book the DL metal through KLM/AF? Anything else I should consider?
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Old Jul 11, 19, 10:43 am
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No. The award requires a RT to get the lower price. Just like most cash fares require RT for lower price.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
No. The award requires a RT to get the lower price. Just like most cash fares require RT for lower price.
That's too bad. I've also tried to search for a multi-city award, with a DL or DL partner return TATL, to see if that brings the price back down, but the search tool breaks down and comes back with "no seats available". Looks like I'll book one-way TATL with FlyingBlue, and the return leg with *A, and forget about trying to go through DL.com.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 3:06 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
No. The award requires a RT to get the lower price. Just like most cash fares require RT for lower price.
To book DL awards one-way at the normal price, you need to use an FFP other than Delta's. The same DL flight can be booked at the normal price one-way, but you have to book it using a SkyTeam or other partner program, other than Delta SkyMiles.

Basically, DL SM are most practical for non-DL SkyTeam or partner flights. Conversely, DL flights are best booked using other SkyTeam or partner FFPs.

(Yes, that's the type of silly games that DL is playing now.)
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Old Jul 17, 19, 8:24 pm
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Originally Posted by dlflyer00 View Post
I just booked SFO-TPE online and then asked Twitter to add a connection onto SIN, which they did with no hassle (in the middle of the night as well). Seems like itís still pretty easy.
Did you provide them with a specific flight that you wanted and they just kept your original SFO-TPE? No additional miles required?
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Old Jul 17, 19, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by skimmilk90 View Post
Did you provide them with a specific flight that you wanted and they just kept your original SFO-TPE? No additional miles required?
No additional miles. Obviously the quality of agent you get varies significantly, I think I got lucky.




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Old Jul 17, 19, 9:12 pm
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Great, thanks. Trying to get from West Coast to ICN with layover in TPE. I called the line and reached out to try and get it priced at 85,000 but no luck. I see availability when looked up separately. Will try this route on twitter.
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Old Aug 5, 19, 9:50 am
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Newbie to Delta Sky Miles here, I want to book a RT flight LAX-SYD...I have 80k in Delta miles....so I have a choice of booking either DL or VA flat out Y and only pay taxes...or with DL I can upgrade to C+ for $450 or I can book with miles VA flight then upgrade $150 each direction for Economy X through seat selection?

Which seems like a better use of miles + cash to get a better seat/experience, worst case I just use miles and pay taxes but with such a long flight would like to upgrade something...

thanks
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Old Aug 5, 19, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by e90dude1 View Post
Newbie to Delta Sky Miles here, I want to book a RT flight LAX-SYD...I have 80k in Delta miles....so I have a choice of booking either DL or VA flat out Y and only pay taxes...or with DL I can upgrade to C+ for $450 or I can book with miles VA flight then upgrade $150 each direction for Economy X through seat selection?

Which seems like a better use of miles + cash to get a better seat/experience, worst case I just use miles and pay taxes but with such a long flight would like to upgrade something...

thanks
Are the taxes/fees on VA vs. DL similar?

I've never flown it but my understanding is that DL C+ and VA Economy X is quite similar - just a normal coach seat but with extra legroom. One big difference is C+ long-haul comes with a little bit of extra recline; I do not think this is a given on VA Econ X.

It if were me and the miles/taxes for the award were the same; I'd go with VA and save $150 on the roundtrip seat upgrade. That assumes the $450 upcharge on DL is for roundtrip - if DL wants $450 each way, then absolutely I'd be going with VA. Again, assuming miles/taxes are the same for the initial award ticket.
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Old Sep 1, 19, 7:35 am
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Trying to use my skymiles on a partner flight on business class, specifically a flight on the 4th of November from NGO to SIN with Vietnam Airlines (VN341 and VN 657). Agent I called said it doesn't show up on her computer. Just wondering if the flight is available?
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Old Sep 1, 19, 9:16 am
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Originally Posted by AuDollar View Post
Trying to use my skymiles on a partner flight on business class, specifically a flight on the 4th of November from NGO to SIN with Vietnam Airlines (VN341 and VN 657). Agent I called said it doesn't show up on her computer. Just wondering if the flight is available?
Both flights are showing available in Economy (X) and Business (O) on an individual segment basis but not with married segments. You might try booking the first segment as an award then calling in and having them add the second.
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Old Sep 8, 19, 10:00 pm
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I have two international award tickets (RDU-JFK-PEK, delta miles booked on MU) in Nov 1st I am thinking about cancelling. Total cost to cancel and redeposit I think is $600 (150*4). What is the last day to cancel (Oct 31st)? Should I wait to see if there is any schedule change or weather situation so that I can reduce the fees?

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Old Sep 8, 19, 11:52 pm
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I have two international award tickets (RDU-JFK-PEK, delta miles booked on MU) in Nov 1st I am thinking about cancelling. Total cost to cancel and redeposit I think is $600 (150*4). What is the last day to cancel (Oct 31st)? Should I wait to see if there is any schedule change or weather situation so that I can reduce the fees?

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Must cancel 72hrs prior. Best to wait and see if theres a schedule change/cancellation. If not just cancel prior to T-72hrs.
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Old Sep 9, 19, 1:21 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
Must cancel 72hrs prior. Best to wait and see if theres a schedule change/cancellation. If not just cancel prior to T-72hrs.
But don't leave it too close. In case of weather or other irrops, as online cancel may not always work, and you need to call to cancel, you don't want to be stuck on hold for hours upon hours just to cancel it, or, even worse, miss your cancellation deadline. I'd suggest mark a date in calendar one week before (namely, Sun the week before - after schedule change Saturday) to check if any schedule change that gives right to cancel, and if not then bite the bullet and pay $150 for each ticket.
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Old Sep 9, 19, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO View Post
Must cancel 72hrs prior. Best to wait and see if theres a schedule change/cancellation. If not just cancel prior to T-72hrs.
Originally Posted by RealHJ View Post
But don't leave it too close. In case of weather or other irrops, as online cancel may not always work, and you need to call to cancel, you don't want to be stuck on hold for hours upon hours just to cancel it, or, even worse, miss your cancellation deadline. I'd suggest mark a date in calendar one week before (namely, Sun the week before - after schedule change Saturday) to check if any schedule change that gives right to cancel, and if not then bite the bullet and pay $150 for each ticket.
Thank you both. I will try to cancel T - 4.
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