Delta has cheaper awards to Africa, the Middle East, and Hong Kong in economy than United or American Airlines. All are only 35,000 Delta miles each way from the United States.

Award space is excellent to these destinations in February 2017, a great time to go, weather-wise.

Right now, the Delta Platinum personal and business cards are offering 70,000 bonus miles and the Delta Gold personal and business cards are offering 50,000 bonus miles after a minimum spending requirement. These limited time offers end November 9, 2016.

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Delta Economy Award Space to Uganda

I went to Uganda in January 2012. I enjoyed a few days in Kampala, CouchSurfing at an orphanage in the crater lakes district, and chimpanzee tracking. Below is an award space calendar from delta.com from Minneapolis to Entebbe, Uganda in February and March, 2017 for two passengers. There is award space for 35,000 miles one way on 17/35 days.

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A typical itinerary is this one with a Delta flight to Amsterdam, connecting to a KLM flight to Uganda.

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There’s nothing special about Minneapolis or Entebbe regarding the price. It would cost the same 35,000 miles from anywhere in the Continental United States to anywhere in Africa except South Africa.

Delta Economy Award Space to Dubai

Dubai is a comfortable temperature in February, and award space is wide open for two passengers from Atlanta for 35,000 miles one way on 35/35 days shown below.

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A typical itinerary features a Delta flight to Amsterdam that connects to a KLM flight to Dubai.

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Again, the 35,000 mile price is valid from anywhere in the continental United States to anywhere in the Middle East.

Delta Economy Award Space to Hong Kong

Delta has a nonstop flight from Seattle to Hong Kong with fairly good award space for two passengers on the days I searched–14/35 days–in February and March.

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The award is 70,000 miles and $64 per person roundtrip.

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Connections from your home airport to Seattle wouldn’t increase the award price.

Searching and Booking the Award Space

Search and book on delta.com. The partners you want to use to the Middle East, Africa, and Hong Kong are there.

How to Get the Miles

The easiest way to get a lot of Delta miles fast is via the Delta Gold and Platinum cards.

The Gold personal and business cards each offer:

  • 50,000 SkyMiles after spending $2,000 in the first three months
  • a $50 statement credit after making any Delta purchase in the first three months (hint: gift card if necessary)
  • Priority Boarding
  • Free Checked Bag
  • 20% off inflight purchases
  • $0 annual fee for the first 12 months, then $95

You can get both the personal and business Gold cards.

The Platinum personal and business cards each offer:

  • 70,000 SkyMiles and 10,000 MQMs (elite status miles) after spending $5,000 in the first three months
  • a $100 statement credit after making any Delta purchase in the first three months (hint: gift card if necessary)
  • Priority Boarding
  • Free Checked Bag
  • 20% off inflight purchases
  • $195

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Eligibility

These are American Express cards, so if you have ever had one, you cannot get a bonus on the same card again. These are four separate cards, though, and you can get the bonus on all four.

As an example, if you’ve only ever had the Gold personal card, you can get any of the other three cards now and get its bonus, but you can’t get the Gold personal’s bonus again.

Bottom Line

Award space is wide open from the United States to Africa, the Middle East, and Hong Kong for 35,000 SkyMiles each way. That’s a great deal, especially in conjunction with the current 50,000 and 70,000 mile limited time offers on Delta credit cards.

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