Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles
Reload this Page >

Destinations with best odds that GUC's will clear?

Destinations with best odds that GUC's will clear?

Reply

Old Jun 28, 19, 9:24 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 7
Destinations with best odds that GUC's will clear?

DW & I have $1050 Delta credit vouchers and 2 GUC,s each. We would love to go from Atlanta to Australia, SE Asia or JNB in the fall with very flexible dates.

Ideal trip would be (DL2143 ATL- LAX Ė DL41 SYD, DL41 SYD - LAX Ė DL1954 ATL) There are lots of dates where FC is wide open on all legs.

Do I have reason to be concerned that if booking to SYD our GUC's might not clear? If so are there destinations where we would have much better odds than others?

FYI: Wife is Delta MM and GM (was DM last year when the credit vouchers were issued)
PhoneyPersona is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 9:39 am
  #2  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Minneapolis: DL DM charter 2.3MM
Programs: A3*Gold, SPG Plat, HyattDiamond, MarriottPP, LHW exAccess, ICI, Raffles Amb, NW PE MM, TWA Gold MM
Posts: 81,520
SYD and JNB are very difficult for upgrades into D1 in general.

Are you based in ATL or starting from elsewhere?
MSPeconomist is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 9:41 am
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 7
ATL. However, If originating somewhere else changes the odds significantly, than we would consider that.
PhoneyPersona is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 9:49 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA/New York, NY/Milan, Italy
Programs: AA PLAT, DL DM MM, BIS MM, EK Gold, SPG Gold, HH Gold, Priority Club Gold/IC Ambassador
Posts: 4,412
You will not clear JNB. Forget it-Dont try. SYD is unlikely, but it heavily depends when you go.
DLATL777 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 9:51 am
  #5  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Programs: DL DM
Posts: 520
As others will likely point out, SYD and JNB are hard routes to upgrade. Having said that, why donít you call DL and ask whether they have any dates available to either of these two places where they can confirm 2 GUCs for you over the time period with your availability. Rather than debate whether you are flexible or not with others in this site, youíll have factual information to such availability today. It would be fair to note that DL can and will change how many seats they release for GUCs over time but youíll have a current view today. You can always plan on calling back multiple times.

My personal view is that youíll have a hard time making it work for both of these destinations. We do have full solar eclipses that take place every once in a while so you may end up getting lucky.
cre95 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:07 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: HSV
Programs: Bellevue Lifetime Premiere Mega Elite Supreme
Posts: 1,313
For the record, Iíve never had a problem clearing immediately into D1 on GUCs to either SYD (from LAX) or JNB (from ATL).

I only needed a little date flexibility. Agents cleared me over the phone at time of booking, and I was able to select seats as well.

I could be an anomaly, of course.
TheHorta is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:09 am
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 7
Thanks for your thoughts. We have called and there was nothing available for SYD that they would immediately clear on booking. However, that was over a month ago and we have not tried again. We will keep trying for SYD and JNB.

Are there any long haul alternative destinations that have high likelihood of success? My wife frequently (3 - 5 times a year) flew up front to Asia and Europe for work but I never have. It is the D1 experience that is the higher priority for us on this trip. We will make an adventure out of most destinations except China. She traveled there for work yearly and is not on her vacation list.
PhoneyPersona is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:14 am
  #8  
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: HSV
Programs: Bellevue Lifetime Premiere Mega Elite Supreme
Posts: 1,313
LAX>HND on the new A359 is usually pretty successful. I just flew in March and was able to successfully apply GUCs at booking both ways even though I booked inside 7 days from departure.

ETA: My return was HND>MSP>LAX on a 77L, I believe.
TheHorta is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:17 am
  #9  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Minneapolis: DL DM charter 2.3MM
Programs: A3*Gold, SPG Plat, HyattDiamond, MarriottPP, LHW exAccess, ICI, Raffles Amb, NW PE MM, TWA Gold MM
Posts: 81,520
If OP and spouse are traveling together, they might prefer seats where they can converse rather than the suites for D1. The A330 or even a 767 might work better for them.
MSPeconomist is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:20 am
  #10  
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: HSV
Programs: Bellevue Lifetime Premiere Mega Elite Supreme
Posts: 1,313
Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
If OP and spouse are traveling together, they might prefer seats where they can converse rather than the suites for D1. The A330 or even a 767 might work better for them.
Pffft! Thatís girl-talk. Donít confuse him.



TheHorta is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:21 am
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 7
Thanks all. We will get on the phone this afternoon to work a SYD or JNB trip. If no success, we will research what our plan C & D trip will be.
PhoneyPersona is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:23 am
  #12  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Minneapolis: DL DM charter 2.3MM
Programs: A3*Gold, SPG Plat, HyattDiamond, MarriottPP, LHW exAccess, ICI, Raffles Amb, NW PE MM, TWA Gold MM
Posts: 81,520
Check the rules for your vouchers carefully. You might need to complete all travel before they expire, which might be a year after the original ticket was issued.
MSPeconomist is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:31 am
  #13  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 7
Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
If OP and spouse are traveling together, they might prefer seats where they can converse rather than the suites for D1. The A330 or even a 767 might work better for them.
LOL We would choose D1. We can talk about it when we get there. Moreover, two or three times a year we are 1 & 2 on the upgrade list with 1 seat left. The only thing she loves more than me is sitting up front.
PhoneyPersona is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 10:41 am
  #14  
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: HSV
Programs: Bellevue Lifetime Premiere Mega Elite Supreme
Posts: 1,313
Originally Posted by PhoneyPersona View Post
LOL We would choose D1. We can talk about it when we get there. Moreover, two or three times a year we are 1 & 2 on the upgrade list with 1 seat left. The only thing she loves more than me is sitting up front.
Sheís a keeper!

btonkid12345 and becks1 like this.
TheHorta is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 28, 19, 2:43 pm
  #15  
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: OKC
Programs: DL DM/2.5MM, Global Entry, PL_Marriott, GHertz
Posts: 6,056
There are numerous threads about GUCs to JNB and SYD.

Here is one of my last ones where I looked at routing through PVG then using MU to reach SYD:

Buy 2 one-ways to SYD to capture OP early?
Xeno is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread