Amazing Deal: 47K Amex Or Citi Points For Delta One Suites To India

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I’m going to try to keep this short:

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.

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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!

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  1. Finally availability from New York!! to a destination I’m not interested in 🙁 on weekdays I never travel on …. Business class tickets to India are usually cheap. Easier to just pay cash honestly.

  2. Just snagged 2 J seats in early January BOM-JFK to come home from a wedding in south India. Effective cost for me would be around 85k ThankYou points, because I am getting a 6-7k rebate via my Citi Rewards+ card (already use some of the 10k points rebate max earlier this year). Thank you for the excellent post.

  3. Please help; when I search for flights from JFK to BOM on virgin atlantic results say that there are no flights were partner flights scheduled for that time?

  4. 2 Amex points only translate to 1 Virgin Fly Club miles ? then how ? Is the article accurate ?

  5. I bought a $2500 ticket (fairly common) to fly JFK-PVG-DEL-PVG-JFK on MU last November. I netted 33,000 MQMs, $8,000 MQDs, and 65,000 redeemable miles. In my case, the MQDs also pushed me over to DM for another year of status (so GUCs, upgrades, etc.). Just something to consider before using miles to India.

  6. Good deal. Booked round trips for the two of us in March. Still saw two seats outbound availability on March 10 after we booked. Transferred some points from both Amex and Citi – both went through in just minutes. Will be the first time to India for us.

  7. There is no availability for BOM-JFK for the entire month of March now on Virgin for the Delta nonstop flight. This is not just for miles but also for pay with card. Strange because seats on this route are still available on the Delta website. Any thoughts on what’s going on?

  8. So I couldn’t find a single seat for entire 2020 in Biz! Is Delta blocking partners from this flight? I still see 135K on DL site but nothing on VS.

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