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.
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.