Delta Award to Europe 2 O/Ws vs. R/T Fee Difference

Old Jun 27, 19, 5:07 pm
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Delta Award to Europe 2 O/Ws vs. R/T Fee Difference

New to using Virgin to book Delta awards and noticed that booking a R/T to Europe is cheaper than booking two O/Ws... guessing due to funkiness with [airport] taxes / fees.

For business, I priced out the following on various dates with availability.

LAX-CDG 50,000 miles + $5.60

CDG-LAX 50,000 miles + 291

LAX-CDG-LAX 100,000 miles + $129

I've already booked the LAX-CDG flight, but there's no availability on a workable return date (to SLC & SEA as well).

Question: If a return date opens up, can I call Virgin, pay the $50 change fee and add the return leg onto my existing reservation and just pay the fees as if I originally booked r/t? Or would I have to book as a o/w and pay 291?

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Old Jun 28, 19, 4:05 am
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I think the preferred method is to book a return up front, then call later to change dates. But that could just be for ANA and the return-only award policy.

I suspect that VS would be willing to turn a one-way into a return upon payment of the change fee, but I couldn't say for sure.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 8:21 pm
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Originally Posted by craigthemif View Post
I think the preferred method is to book a return up front, then call later to change dates. But that could just be for ANA and the return-only award policy.
Actually considered that.. but then I'd have a similar post asking: If I can't find a workable return flight, can I call, pay $50, cancel the return leg and get reimbursed 50,000 miles (and the fee difference)?

Will report back results if I ever find a good return flight.
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Old Jul 1, 19, 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingChuck View Post
New to using Virgin to book Delta awards and noticed that booking a R/T to Europe is cheaper than booking two O/Ws... guessing due to funkiness with [airport] taxes / fees.
I believe DL adds a "surcharge" onto European-originating itineraries, and the CDG-LAX pricing reflects VS passing that along.
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Old Jul 24, 19, 3:51 pm
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Was able to add the return flight. Virgin collected ~$170 which was in line with the current r/t fee less the $5.60 already paid plus a $50 change fee.
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