Virgin Atlantic award space to Tel Aviv, Israel is outstanding right now. And it can be booked for just 85,000 Delta SkyMiles. On routes like New York JFK – London – Tel Aviv it’s available for at least two passengers nearly every day through mid-December. But it’s also plentiful out of Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando.
You’ll find additional availability from other cities, especially those where Virgin flies but also cities where Delta offers connections (it’s the Delta domestic flight that can be hardest to get). This deal was first spotted by Thrifty Traveler‘s premium airfare deal alert service.
Delta devalued their partner awards twice during the pandemic. They’ll charge you 120,000 miles one way to fly Virgin from New York JFK to London (a 60% increase compared to September 2020) but they’re asking 35,000 fewer miles to fly New York JFK – London and then add the flight onward to Tel Aviv. The Mideast is a region they oddly forget to fully devalue.
Normally you need to book roundtrip awards to get the lowest prices from Delta SkyMiles, and avoid booking one ways originating outside the U.S. because Delta adds fuel surcharges to those. However that’s not the case here, with the 85,000 mile pricing applying in both directions and no fuel surcharges even for a one way Tel Aviv – U.S. award.
When picking flights it’s worth going out of your way to choose their Airbus A350 or A330-300 over the Boeing 787-9, since the former aircraft will see their new business class seats.
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And of course if you’re connecting in London you’ll have access to the Virgin Clubhouse there as well.