I’m going to try to keep this short:
- Delta recently announced that they’ll be launching flights between New York and Mumbai as of December 2019
- Typically the best value for booking Delta business class awards is to use Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles
- At the moment both Amex Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou are offering a 30% bonus when you transfer points to Virgin Atlantic
Delta’s new business class suite
What’s the news here? When Delta’s flight to Mumbai first became bookable, there was no way to redeem Virgin Atlantic miles for it. That’s because Virgin Atlantic couldn’t price this flight, because it was Delta’s first flight to the region.
So I guess someone at Flying Club had to decide how much a Delta award ticket should cost between the US and India, and that took quite a while. That decision has now been made, and Virgin Atlantic is charging just 60,000 Flying Club miles for nonstop business class flights between New York and Mumbai, with no fuel surcharges.
When you factor in the 30% transfer bonus, this means you can redeem just 47,000 Amex or Citi points for a Delta One ticket between New York and Mumbai. That’s spectacular.
Just for a direct comparison, Virgin Atlantic charges 60,000 miles for the dates with “saver” availability…
Meanwhile Delta SkyMiles charges 135,000 miles for those same flights…
Availability isn’t amazing, though is better than you’d expect, given that we’re talking about Delta. Many flights even have several award seats.
In general I’m finding the most award seats from New York to Mumbai on Tuesdays…
Availability seems to be better from Mumbai to New York, as I’m typically seeing at least two days per week with business class award availability.
This is a truly incredible value for booking a flight this long in Delta’s excellent business class suites with doors, so if you’re planning a trip to India next year, consider booking this way.
Since I’m currently putting a stop on planning any additional travel, I hope you guys can take advantage of this — it would make my day!