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Here Are 5 Airline Adventures to get the Most Out of Your Delta SkyMiles:
1.See London on Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic is the not-so-secret best deal to get yourself to London without paying the ridiculous taxes and fees charged by British Airways. Use your Delta points to book Virgin Atlantic from across the U.S. and you’ll find award fares for 30,000 SkyMiles in economy class each way or 62,500 SkyMiles for business class—or “Upper Class” as the Virgins like to call it. That’s round trip to London for as low as 60,000 SkyMiles—even from the West Coast! And if you do the business class flight, you’ll get to experience the famous Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Heathrow.
Delta also has lots of flights direct to London, so if you want to take the Virgin Atlantic flight, be sure to look for “VS” on the flight details when you search for your flights online. This detail indicates that the flight is operated by Virgin Atlantic.
2. Head Down Under with Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia tickets from the U.S. to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Islands booked with Delta go for 50,000 SkyMiles in economy class each way, and 80,000 in business class. Taxes and fees run about $200, which is still a pretty amazing low price all the way to Oz!
Flights to Australia can be searched for on Delta.com, but for connections onward to destinations in the South Pacific—Bora Bora for example—you’ll have to call Delta to find availability. (Note: If you’re headed to Bora Bora or Tahiti, you’ll want to make sure you also check out the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card from Chase so you can earn free nights in one of those fancy over-the-water bungalows.)
3. Viva Europe on AirFrance or KLM
Longing to climb the Eiffel Tower, wander the fields of tulips in the Netherlands or throw pennies into the Trevi Fountain in Rome? You can use your Delta Skymiles to book your flight from the U.S. to Europe on Air France or KLM, and then fly onward to whatever city you dream about visiting in Europe utilizing the extensive AirFrance/KLM network.
Partner flights to Europe on AirFrance and KLM can be found for as low as 75,000 SkyMiles in economy or 150,000 SkyMiles in business class, and most of these flights can be found using Delta’s online search tool.
4. Visit the Penguins at the End of the Earth with Aerolinas Argentinas
Getting to Argentina with miles on any airline is pretty easy as EZE, the main international airport of Buenos Aires, is a busy international hub. However, if your sights are set to head much further south to Argentine Patagonia and Ushuaia—the southern most city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica—then you want Delta miles to help get you there.
Aerolinas Argentinas, a SkyMiles partner, operates seasonal service between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia during the Argentine summer (North American winter). and because the flights are so limited (and very popular) the four hour flight can easily run $700 per person in economy during the busy season—yikes!
Using miles, however, you can easily land this direct flight for 12,500 miles in economy. But should you be flying into Argentina on a Delta award flight on any SkyTeam partner, you can easily add this additional segment with Aerolinas onto your award for 0 additional miles. That’s right, it can be completely free.
5. Get Away Somewhere Close on Delta Domestic One-Way Awards
Unlike other airlines, Delta no longer publishes an award chart, but it proudly states on its SkyMiles page that one-way flights in the US, Alaska, and Canada start at 10,000 SkyMiles. Here’s a little secret: you can actually find flights for 7,500 points (some people even report finding 5,000 point flights on occasion).
You’re most likely to find these fares on shorter distance routes, and you’ll have the best chance of discovering one when you check the ‘5-week flexible awards’ option when doing your search on Delta.com. New York to Miami for 7,500 SkyMiles? That’s a steal!