Great and Cheap Delta Award Space to Africa, Middle East, Asia in Economy

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.

Tons of Award Space Direct from New York to Honolulu for 25,000 Miles Roundtrip

Delta will operate a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and Honolulu from December 17, 2016 to March 25, 2017 five day a week (not Tuesday or Wednesday.)

Delta doesn't publish its award chart, but it still has a secret award chart. The cheapest awards from the mainland United States to Hawaii are 22,500 Delta miles one way. But we can do a lot better than that.

Every day that Delta offers award space on this route for 22,500 miles one way, we can book it for 25,000 Korean miles roundtrip.

Delta Devaluation for Awards to Australia, Asia, Africa, and South America for Travel October 1, 2016

I am re-publishing this post as a reminder that as of October 1, 2016, Delta Skymiles prices for Business Class awards between North American and Australia, Asia, Africa, and South America are becoming more expensive. Economy awards between the United States and South Africa, the Southwest Pacific, and the Middle East are getting cheaper however. 

If you have been saving your Skymiles for a Business Class award to any of those areas, consider booking so your trip is completed before October 1.

Flying Blue Glitch: 12,500 Miles to Kauai

Flying Blue is the loyalty program of Air France and a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase, American Express, Citi, and SPG. Flying Blue has a number of well-documented sweet spots including 15,000 miles one way to Hawaii from the United States mainland.

Speaking of transferring Citi points, I have to take down the Citi Prestige 50k offer in five days. Last time I had to take down a Citi 50k offer, the sign up bonus went to zero.

Delta 50k/60k Offers End Today, Everything You Need to Know

For about a month, the Delta Gold and Platinum cards have had 50,000 to 60,000 point sign up bonuses.

Book Business Class to Southeast Asia with 50k/60k Delta Offers [One Week Left]

There is great award space to Southeast Asia next January and February (which is peak dry season in many places) in Business Class that you can book with Delta SkyMiles.

If you have Delta miles, book yourself an amazing Southeast Asian escape from winter today.

Five Best Uses of Delta SkyMiles

Until July 6, 2016, the Delta Gold card is offering 50,000 bonus miles and a $50 statement credit; the Delta Platinum is offering 60,000 bonus miles, 10,000 status miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit.

I compared the 50,000 mile Gold and 60,000 mile Platinum offers here, and discussed which is better for you.

Delta miles have been derided for years as less valuable than most types of miles. While that remains true, United and American Airlines have devalued their award charts to the point that some Delta awards are cheap.

Fly China Eastern Double (!) Bed to Asia with Miles

China Eastern flies its 777-300ER with flat beds in Business Class and a flat double bed in First Class for two people to share between several American cities and Shanghai with connections throughout Asia.

You can book Business Class for 77,500 Korean miles or 80,000 Delta miles, and you can book First Class for 100,000 Korean miles. If you book two First Class award seats, you can combine your beds into one large double bed.

Limited Time: 50k and 60k Delta Offers. Which is Better?

Until July 6, 2016, the Delta Gold card is offering 50,000 bonus Delta miles and a $50 statement credit after you spend $2,000 in your first three months.

Until July 6, 2016, the Delta Platinum is offering 60,000 bonus miles, 10,000 status miles (MQMs), and a $100 statement credit after you spend $2,000 in your first three months.

This is the largest bonus I've seen on the Platinum card.

Which Is The Best Amex Partner from Here to There?

I get questions all the time like this:
Hi, I have a million American Express Membership Rewards/Chase Ultimate Rewards/Citi ThankYou Points, what is the best transfer partner to go from [here] to [there.]
There are basically two ways to answer the question:

Look at award charts of all the points' transfer partners and then look for award space using the cheapest miles. I used this method to suggest to my friend that he transfer his Membership Rewards to Flying Blue miles to get from Denver to Tel Aviv.