Earlier this week I mentioned my upcoming layover in Bali and asked for your help on where to stay there. I am flying a rather unconventional route to get there.
Singapore is my ultimate destination. Rather than flying nonstop or via Asia, as most do, I am flying via Australia and Bali. Why? I saw a Delta redemption I could not resist. Yes indeed, even Delta SkyMiles offers an attractive redemption once in a while.
Delta allows routing to Bali via Australia on its Virgin Australia partner. Virgin Australia also tends to open up award space at the last-minute, usually 3-4 days prior to departure. The one-way price is as low as 85K miles one-way, even when booked within 21 days of travel (when the cost seems to become 95K minimum for other partners). Remember, Delta no longer publishes award charts so you never really know what Delta may charge for a ticket.
I’ve been watching the space for months and notice that the price will gyrate between 85K and 170K…for the same flights in the same class of service. Indeed, sometimes even on the same day! That’s how unpredictable Delta is.
Naturally, I wanted to pay 85K miles and not 170K. It took some patience, but I recently saw the space drop to 85K on a date that would work and quickly grabbed it. Now I’ll get to experience Virgin Australia for the first time not only on a 777-300ER to Brisbane, but also on a 737-800 to Bali.
I mentioned above that my final destinations is Singapore. I’ll plan to take KLM’s Fifth Freedom flight from Bali to Singapore, giving me a chance to check out the KLM 777-300 for the first time.
I’d say this is my best Delta redemption in many years. Good redemptions still do exist…but they are few and far between.
What is your favorite Delta redemption?