Redeem Just 60,000 Miles For Delta One Suite To Asia

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Delta is in the process of installing new business class seats throughout much of their longhaul fleet. Their A350s are being delivered with these new seats, and over the coming months the airline will reconfigure their fleet of 777s with these seats as well.

Yesterday I wrote about how Delta intends to fly the A350 between Los Angeles and Tokyo Haneda as of March 31, 2019. However, this isn’t the only route on which Delta is adding their new product.

Delta already flies their A350s on the following routes:

  • Atlanta to Seoul Incheon
  • Detroit to Amsterdam
  • Detroit to Beijing
  • Detroit to Seoul Incheon
  • Detroit to Shanghai
  • Detroit to Tokyo Narita
  • Los Angeles to Shanghai

On top of that, Delta announced today that planes with the new cabins will be available on the following routes:

  • Minneapolis to Tokyo Haneda as of November 16, 2018 (using a Boeing 777-200ER)
  • Atlanta to Tokyo Narita as of March 1, 2019 (using a Boeing 777-200ER)
  • Seattle to Tokyo Narita as of March 1, 2019 (using an A350-900)

There’s actually a good amount of saver level award availability on some of these routes, in particular between Minneapolis and Tokyo Haneda. The catch is that even when there’s saver space available, Delta charges 90,000 miles for these flights one-way, which is steep.

The good news is that there’s a much cheaper way to book these flights. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has some great partner redemption options (as Spencer has written about in the past), including that they charge just 60,000 miles one-way for business class between the US and Asia on Delta. There are no carrier imposed surcharges on these redemptions.

So you can redeem just 60,000 Flying Club miles for a one-way ticket from Minneapolis to Tokyo Haneda in Delta’s new business class, for example.

And the same is true in reverse.

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, so there are lots of ways to earn these miles.

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This is a heck of a redemption opportunity, and it’s nice to see Delta finally make some saver level award seats available in their new business class. Hopefully some of you can take advantage of this award space.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. Any idea on the duration of availability for 60k miles? Have you seen anything in 2019?

  2. I’m not very familiar with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. At the same redemption rate, can I start my journey anywhere in the US and end it anywhere in Asia? Or it is strictly between US and Japan?

    How long does it take to transfer the points from Amex or Citi? Are they willing to put the award space on hold until the transfer is complete?

    Thanks!

  3. Perhaps a dumb question, but I can’t get HND to come up as an option on Virgin Atlantic. How do you search for it?

  4. @ Bob — It can be tricky. When you do a search, click the little pin symbol next to the origin and destination. Then choose Japan as the country, and you should be able to select the airport.

  5. I guess the other thing is that, how will we know for sure if the 777 we fly will have the new seats? Delta says reconfigured in a few months but idk…

  6. Has anyone had success with this? I see availability on Virgin Atlantic’s site, but when I try to complete a booking I get: “We’re sorry, there was a problem processing your request, please try again. If the problem continues please contact our Customer Service Centre for assistance. #101727A”.

  7. Just booked, you have to call Virgin. They can put awards on hold too. Virgin has Delta one trained agents who can pull up award space. Make sure it books into Delta one. It showed as Delta one on their side but Premium select on Delta’s side. They called Delta to fix it for me. 60k miles from MSP-HND is a steal imo.

  8. Ben, that method works for pulling up most airports like HND or NRT, but unfortunately I don’t think there’s any way to get some like ICN to show up.

  9. @Red – I never quite understand why some wicked East Asian English spoken dialect needs to be used in a written medium. I understand you use lah all the time when spoken. But what is the point in writing (type) it anywhere.

  10. I just confirmed Delta One HND to MSP with a global upgrade mere days ago. I just checked my reservation and they’ve already updated the seat map. Such good travel karma!

    Not sure if it’s still the case but the phone rep said there were six seats eligible for upgrade when I booked.

  11. @John W

    Amex points transfer instantly. I just booked HND-MSP for 60K.

    You can book direct flights for 60K. Adding connections will raise the mileage cost.

  12. @Red, eskimo, dave: Here I thought Red was referring to IAH, also known as Houston’s larger airport, out of which SQ, CX, and EK all fly. Although this is a nice deal, I fully agree that I’d prefer to fly on any of those airlines or to fly direct with United. The Delta One suite felt cramped to me, and that door was ridiculously difficult to close.

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