I’ve been looking at the calendar trying to plan travel for the next several months and am struck by the total lack of reasonably-priced award space on Delta Air Lines for the next year. Want to book Delta premium cabin award space with a partner airline? Forget about it…it’s like trying to find a unicorn.
Delta Award Space On Partners Is As Common As A Unicorn
Maybe I’m not looking hard enough, but I’ve earmarked Virgin Atlantic miles for a transatlantic trip on Delta…it’s has been more than six years since I have flown Delta transatlantic and I’ve yet to step onboard a Delta Airbus A330-900neo or A350-900. I’d like to review Delta’s current soft product and more importantly review the Delta One Suite on a long(er) flight.
Because of the ridiculous, no-notice devaluation on Virgin Atlantic, I’m sticking to European routes. While that doesn’t leave much, I’m happy to book any flight between:
- Atlanta (ATL) – A350
- Detroit (DTW) – A350
- New York (JFK) -A330neo
and Amsterdam (AMS).
But in both directions for the entire calendar (through next June), there is not a single seat available in saver business class bookable with Virgin Atlantic or Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles.
Not one seat.
Should I be congratulating Delta on thinking it can sell out all its seats and need not offer any seats to partner?
I realize Delta has always been stringy with award space and we are still in a pandemic, but compare Delta to American Airlines and United Airlines, which have made quite a bit of transatlantic and transpacific “saver” award space available at very reasonable prices if you book in advance.
If I did want to use points, Delta wants over 300,000 SkyMiles each way for their flights…yeah, right.
It seems I won’t be reviewing Delta anytime soon. That’s because Delta has chosen to to not make any award space in business class available to partners, a sad development. Of course I could always pay retail if I really wanted to review it, but where is the fun in that? This whole game of miles and points is about avoiding exactly those situations.
But the game of miles and points is becoming increasingly frustrating and Delta has shown it just doesn’t care. And that is increasingly making Delta award space like trying to find a unicorn…