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Please report experiences of booking Partner Airline except ANA (NH) using VS points.

Please report experiences of booking Partner Airline except ANA (NH) using VS points.

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Old Mar 5, 19, 8:15 am
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Plenty of economy for 10,000 points but nothing in J - Thanks anyway @onlysuites
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Old Mar 12, 19, 2:16 pm
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I just booked an SAA flight from Dakar to Washington, DC. Found the flight on United beforehand. Taxes were high for me though, I think bc of the one-way originating in Senegal.

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Old Mar 12, 19, 3:54 pm
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Plus fuel surcharges.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by joachimm View Post
Looking for a Delta One partner award using VS miles some time this Spring or early Summer BOS-EDI. The Virgin Atlantic website is showing availability Jun 4-9 in Delta One for 95K miles + $1,319.53 in fees. I thought if I could find Delta space the fees should be $5.60? Air France shows the same flight for 113K miles + $10.10. Expertflyer shows saver availability on DL.

Are there any tricks to getting lower fees on Delta flights via VS?

You have to be flying to the Non-UK parts of Europe to drop the fuel surcharges when using Virgin miles.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 2:08 pm
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Originally Posted by greenarmy View Post
You have to be flying to the Non-UK parts of Europe to drop the fuel surcharges when using Virgin miles.
Thanks for the explanation! I had been looking at BOS-CDG before.
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Old Mar 19, 19, 1:00 pm
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I was able to book 5 business class awards on DL operated SEA-PVG for next Fall, once it changes over from an old 767 to a new A330neo. 60k miles and a few bucks per ticket, great deal, especially factoring in the promo during which I transferred the MRs over last Fall. Initially I had moved my MRs over to VS for some ANA F awards, but getting all 5 of us together to try Delta One new suites seems like a better use of the miles. DL made large numbers of D1 award seats available ex-SEA for the 767s and as they have moved some new aircraft onto those routes they dont seem to have lessened the award inventory.
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Old Apr 3, 19, 7:23 pm
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Looking to book either KIX or ICN to the US (anywhere, really. Get me to a hub, I'll figure out the rest), and it seems like it's impossible to book either of these? They don't show up in the list (among other major airports I've noticed). You can get to the US from either of those airports by a number of their partners, so I'm not sure why they're missing.
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Old Apr 6, 19, 10:48 am
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Originally Posted by t325 View Post
Looking to book either KIX or ICN to the US (anywhere, really. Get me to a hub, I'll figure out the rest), and it seems like it's impossible to book either of these? They don't show up in the list (among other major airports I've noticed). You can get to the US from either of those airports by a number of their partners, so I'm not sure why they're missing.
yeah, bummer they donít include them, you will have to call to book. But you can use a tool like Expert Flyer to look for the award space. There seemed to be good availability when i looked for the delta routes into and out of Seattle. Not sure if you are trying to get to west coast or east though...
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Old Apr 6, 19, 7:37 pm
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Originally Posted by stephem View Post

yeah, bummer they don’t include them, you will have to call to book. But you can use a tool like Expert Flyer to look for the award space. There seemed to be good availability when i looked for the delta routes into and out of Seattle. Not sure if you are trying to get to west coast or east though...
I live in STL, so DTW or MSP would be my top choices, with ATL being next. I’d rather maximize my time in a premium long haul cabin. Plus, if I have to book separate tickets, I figure I’d have a better shot at being accommodated after IRROPS if it’s the same airline. DL doesn’t fly SEA-STL and I’d prefer to not add an extra stop. But thanks for the advice, maybe I’ll have to check into EF for looking up availability to either of those.
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Old May 1, 19, 10:51 pm
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I found saver Hawaiian space SYD-HNL in business, and it also appears in AA.com. But VA is saying they don't have it. Shouldn't they?
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Old May 7, 19, 4:10 pm
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I'm hoping to find availability on DL metal from SFO to MAD. VS won't even let me search for MAD in their search engine. Any idea how to look for availability? Also, that will be a connection as DL only flies to MAD from ATL & JFK I believe. Any idea if I can add that leg on? Thanks!
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Old May 7, 19, 4:23 pm
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Virgin's website is maddening. Sometimes just clicking around and going back and forth between cities works. Sometimes you can select by region then country and get it to come in. Sometimes you can do a search for paid flights then click miles instead.
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Old May 8, 19, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by pmfc View Post
I'm hoping to find availability on DL metal from SFO to MAD. VS won't even let me search for MAD in their search engine. Any idea how to look for availability? Also, that will be a connection as DL only flies to MAD from ATL & JFK I believe. Any idea if I can add that leg on? Thanks!
Quite frankly... too many stars would need to align for you to find SFO to MAD on DL. Including a connecting flight will cost you substantially more miles, but DL rarely offer trans-continental award space and I've never seen an ex-ATL award seat. (too many hub captives for DL to need to offer saver award space I'd imagine)

I've had a bit more luck with some ex-LAX direct flights to Continental Europe, and I more regularly see options via DTW or MSP.
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Old May 31, 19, 7:10 am
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I talked to a couple of Flying Club agents today. Trying to book LAX-SYD on DL 41 in Business class. Both agents said there was availability
on Aug 12 and it priced to 75000 miles + appx $27 in taxes. However after putting the itinerary on hold and looking at the reservation on
the Delta website, it shows Premium Economy not business class. Repeated the exercise for another date and the same result: Virgin
insists its booking "Business Class" but its actually Delta Premium Economy.

Any thoughts or advice?
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Old May 31, 19, 1:06 pm
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Originally Posted by J_Dub View Post
I think you'd have to get your Skymiles number added to the reservation instead of your Flying Club number, which I don't know if they'll do.

My own recent experience, found VA J seats from LAX to a few different Australian cities that would work for a trip, but the VS agents can't book them, they said it keeps coming back unconfirmed. However, I was able to get them to book 2 DL J seats LAX-SYD for 75K miles per person and about $56. I'm still looking, though, because these flights are about two days earlier than I want to depart. Also, I was hoping to avoid DL because we'll be flying with an infant and they are about the only airline with no bassinets in business class (and they are really a pain to get in Y as well). On the positive side, the planes are all getting upgraded to the new DL suites starting next March or May so it should be a nice J product over all.

J_DUB - see my post. Were you able to verify that those seats were actually business class on Delta? My experience booking LAX-SYD was that the 75000 mile awards turned out to be
premium economy.
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