Most days from June through end of schedule there are 8 or more business class saver award seats available on Delta’s Detroit – Honolulu flight which features lie flat seats.
@garyleff @FrequentMiler @OneMileataTime heads up on open award availability (up to 8 people) to Hawaii in Delta lie-flat seats. Might be useful for those took advantage of 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic. End of June to early September 2019. #Hawaii #awardbooking pic.twitter.com/zWcLqSp5uW
— Kiman Choe (@kchoe80) October 14, 2018
If you’re booking with Delta miles, saver awards don’t really mean anything. They choose pricing out of a hat. Searching for 8 business award seats sometimes Delta prices it at 102,500 miles per person and sometimes 55,000 miles per person even though it’s the same (saver) inventory.
The real gem though is using Virgin Atlantic miles to redeem for these Delta flights. They charge 37,500 miles each way and there are no fuel surcharges.
Here’s the availability that Virgin Atlantic is showing searching for 8 business class award seats, Honolulu – Detroit and availability in the reverse direction seems equally good as well.
American Express and Citibank 30% transfer bonuses to Virgin Atlantic just ended. Amex points, Citi, and Chase all transfer to Virgin Atlantic and in my experience transfer instantly. I’ve also had good luck getting Virgin to put award itineraries on 24 hour holds pending points transfers.