While we anxiously wait with bated breath for the SPG/Marriott websites to complete their integration, there is plenty of fun to be had with Delta SkyMiles’ latest deal this weekend.
Right now, you can book flights from select U.S. cities to Sydney for 50,000 SkyMiles (and $116.81 in taxes and fees) roundtrip in their Main Cabin. According to Delta, the deal is valid on flights to Sydney from the following cities:
- Atlanta, GA (ATL)
- Boston, MA (BOS)
- Seattle, WA (SEA)
- New York-Kennedy, NY (JFK)
- Portland, OR (PDX)
Tickets must be booked by August 22, 2018, and are valid for travel from August 23 through December 9, 2018.
As of Saturday afternoon, it looks like there is tons – I mean heaps – of availability. For example, here is award availability from JFK to SYD in September, using Delta’s five-week calendar:
And here is sample availability from SEA to SYD in November/December:
I was able to get select itineraries to price out for up to nine tickets (the max number that Delta allows on their website). So even if you’re traveling with an entourage, it looks like there is award availability on select dates. Here is a sample itinerary from PDX to SYD in November:
The tickets are (unsurprisingly) for the Main Cabin, so this is far from the most comfortable way to get to Australia.
That said, Delta has (mercifully) kept their 777 cabins to the more-roomy 3-3-3 configuration, and Medallion members may still get access to complimentary Comfort+ upgrades on international itineraries (depending on their status and subject to availability).
While this is far from the most glamorous way to travel halfway around the world, it does represent a potentially solid use of Delta SkyMiles, particularly when redemptions can sometimes be laughably bad.
And with wide-open availability for large groups and a reasonably comfortable (by economy standards) Main Cabin product, this could be a great way for some folks to get to Australia.
Is anyone taking advantage of this deal?