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  1. ATLJason
    ATLJason at |

    I would love to see data on this for oneworld and Star Alliance carriers. I’ve already burned through all my Delta miles but I am planning a ATL-SYD-ATL trip in February/March 2016 using either United, USAir, or American miles. I’m already nervous about whether I’ll be able to get two seats in business at the low level even if I connect through Asia. Been studying and plotting my strategy for months. Will be able to book in about 3 weeks and I’ve already rubbed as many lucky rabbit’s feet and picked as many four leaf clovers as I can.

    Awesome article and data. Just happens to be the wrong alliance for my personal situation!

  2. David Young
    David Young at |

    Sydney is crazy for SkyPesos! We’re booked on a spring vacation (leaving in a few days – yay) to Brisbane (connecting through Sydney) at it was 295,000 Skypesos per person! Outbound is on Virgin Australia, so I hope it’s nice. Never flown them before.

  3. TravelBloggerBuzz
    TravelBloggerBuzz at |

    I have been trying to get to Australia from LAX on Virgin Australia for a while. Even when I find an 80k saver award level for Business class two things happen….It is no longer there when I go to book it a few minutes later or even if it is there, I go through all the screens and even hit the “Complete Purchase” button only to get the “sorry just sold out” error message. My point is, I think, you assume what you see is what you get which is further from the truth. Also, same with calling. By the time I get to a rep, it magically goes up by the time they pick up the phone. Which makes Skymiles, imho, a program run by criminals by what they have been doing, especially lately. Skypesos is too generous, I say Skydrachmas!

  4. unavaca
    unavaca at |

    One small suggestion — make all the graphs in the article have the same scale. It makes it a lot easier to compare graphs to graphs if they all have a 200k maximum.

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  6. m
    m at |

    Nice post but you leave out the most important point: this is only THEORY unless you can click through the screens and actually TICKET IT. As mentioned above, an 80k VA booking nearly always times out! Even though it is definitely available. Then Delta reps seem as though they’ve been instructed not to book if the computer won’t book. Give us real data beyond theoretical availability. Delta will con everyone that it cannot be booked.

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