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Award Travel as discrete segments?
Trying to put together a trip from Denver to Paris to Morocco where we spend time in Paris on the front end of trip. Traveling via Delta/partners. 450,000 points via Delta for all segments all Business/First. Is it better to book the award travel in discrete segments of the trip. We want to travel First Business for flights over 3 hours. But don’t need to spend the miles for short hops.
Welcome! Delta no longer allows stopovers on award tickets, so you’ll want to focus on the Denver to Paris portion of the trip. Tickets between Paris and Morocco are generally inexpensive, or a great opportunity to use Avios points, so I’d look at doing that.
Beyond that, the more you can stay on partner metal the better. So it might be less costly overall to buy a separate ticket from Denver to Chicago, for example, versus building that into the award ticket.
With Delta nowadays you really have to play with the various combinations to find the best overall value, but you can book more than one segment for no additional miles, in theory: