Delta miles are great (yes, they really are!) for:
- Virgin Australia business class between the US and Australia. Australia awards, especially without transiting Asia, are among the very toughest to get but Delta miles have been this easy in the past.
- Saudia. Want to take your whole extended family in business class to India and surrounds on the same long haul flight? And they actually have a bit better of a product than you think.
- Virgin Atlantic without fuel surcharges, now that Delta owns 49% of the airline.
Last month I highlighted Virgin Australia’s amazing award availability between the U.S. and Australia. Specifically, I showed just how many dates you’d find at least four business class seats on the Los Angeles – Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne routes.
Sadly wide-open availability is no longer the case.
Since I looked specifically at March last month, I’ll show you April now. But results aren’t confined to April. Here are the days you’ll find two business class award seats. Hint: it’s not every day anymore.
There’s one important thing you can do. Make sure you’ve got your towel handy and DON’T PANIC.
Virgin Australia award space has gone in cycles and spurts several times in the past. There no reason at this point to believe this time is any different.
Award space has been super good for years, as I’ve written many times. And then it suddenly isn’t. You’ll see only economy for awhile. Then the flood gates open back up.
I cannot say for certain that this is how it will play out this time of course, but that’s been the usual pattern. It could be weeks or months but when this has happened before, it’s gotten better.