We are less than two months from 2015, and what I’m most looking forward to is being able to book one way awards with Delta SkyMiles. The 2015 award chart is already published and no Saver awards are going up in price.
Here are the roundtrip business class prices next year. One ways will be half the price.
2015 SkyMiles Business Class Award Chart
I have booked myself only one SkyMiles awards in the last three years, and the big reasons is that one way awards are often most convenient for my travel style. In 2015, I expect to book myself several SkyMiles awards, possibly to South America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand.
Here are the five partners I am most excited to book one way:
1. Virgin Australia to Australia or New Zealand
50k SkyMiles in economy or 80k miles in flat bed Business Class
Virgin Australia has the best Business Class award space to Australia with connections to New Zealand of any airline. It’s not even close.
- Qantas hardly releases any premium cabin award space to American Airlines
- Air New Zealand gives United none
- United and Air Canada release some premium cabin space bookable with United miles, but far less than Virgin Australia
When I’m flying 16 hours, a flat bed is most welcome, and Virgin Australia Business Class features very comfortable flat beds.
Unfortunately for those who don’t read MileValue, and fortunately for those who do, Delta has stopped displaying Virgin Australia award space on delta.com. Now you can search it like this on virginaustralia.com. This only figures to increase the already widely available award space.
Virgin Australia flies to Brisbane and Sydney from Los Angeles. You can connect in Los Angeles with Alaska Airlines or Delta.
I’m eager to fly one way to Australia, so that I can hop around New Zealand and Southeast Asia before coming home. Soon I can get to Australia for 80k Delta miles one way.
- What are the rest of the top five partners I’m most excited to fly one way?
- Flights to Asia, Europe, and South America