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Using SkyMiles on SkyTeam & Other Partners Master Thread

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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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