Several weeks ago, Delta SkyMiles announced an initiative whereby they’re adding more airlines to their online award search tool. This comes after Delta introduced a functional online award search calendar, which on the redemption side was possibly the most exciting thing to happen to the SkyMiles program in about a decade.
Over the past few months alone, we’ve seen delta.com add online award bookings for China Eastern, China Southen, China Airlines, Gol, Aerolineas Argentinas, Garuda Indonesia, Aeroflot, Saudia, and MEA (go SkyTeam!).
This seems to be part of a bigger SkyTeam effort to simplify online award bookings, whereby in the near future we’ll see more SkyTeam airlines allow online award bookings.
With that in mind, I figured this was a good time to recap:
- For which airlines can you redeem SkyMiles directly on delta.com
- When redeeming SkyMiles, for which airlines do you get hit with fuel surcharges
Here’s a somewhat simplified chart with both of those details (carriers denoted with “§” are those that impose fuel surcharges):
Bookable on Delta.com
Must Call Delta to Book
Air Europa §
Air Tahiti Nui §
Kenya Airways §
China Airlines §
China Eastern §
China Southern §
Delta Air Lines
Hawaiian (intra-island only)
Middle East Airlines
As you can see, Delta only has a bit more than a handful of partner airlines which aren’t yet bookable on delta.com. And I’m guessing those partners are also among the least popular for redemptions, given where they’re based and the routes they fly. I suspect they’ll soon be bookable online as well, as Delta has been adding partners online at a fast rate.
With fuel surcharges there’s one other important point to clarify. Delta SkyMiles imposes fuel surcharges for all award tickets originating in Europe. So regardless of which airline you fly, you will pay fuel surcharges when you book a SkyMiles award originating in Europe.
That means the references to fuel surcharges in the chart are for awards originating outside of Europe.
Kudos to Delta for all the airlines they’ve recently added to their website for SkyMiles redemptions. It has certainly made the process of redeeming SkyMiles much easier.