19 Responses

  1. Joey
    Joey at |

    Can you please clarify further for the JFK-LHR results whether most of the flights priced at the 62,500 level are on DL metal or VS metal?

  2. patricia
    patricia at |

    eastbound US-LHR is a great way to sample VS without paying the ridicuous fuel surcharges.

  3. Jake from MSP
    Jake from MSP at |


    I would love to see some data on HUB centric award flights like MSP-XXX, ATL-XXX, DTW-XXX without searching for partner award availability too. I just have this feeling it wouldn’t be as rosy as the above

  4. Geoff
    Geoff at |

    I would love to see results out of ATL since at some point in our life we ALL have to pass thru. I bet the availability is poor, especially to LAX and Europe, given total lack of competition.
    Interesting stuff, thanks.

  5. swag
    swag at |

    So is the Delta calendar reliable these days? Did you spot check some of these results to verify if availability was actually there?

  6. AJK
    AJK at |

    Love your data-centric approach.

    Easily one of the most informative posts I’ve read in 2015.

    Would love to see more, especially the breakdown on international routes between DL-metal and partners.

  7. Better By Design
    Better By Design at |

    As above, thanks for putting some actual numbers into the discussion.


  8. Ryan
    Ryan at |

    Great info, thanks for your work on this!

  9. Tom Levitan
    Tom Levitan at |

    Really nice job. Thanks for running this.
    I’d be curious to see some Australia and some Asian destinations
    I fly out of DCA (mainly) or sometimes IAD and have found good availability to Asian destinations that involve getting across the Pacific on KE — from Washington to Asia for 70,000 or 80,000 in BE. And now am seeing connections using MU as well.
    Australia is a very different result. I find low level (80,000 mile) one way BE awards using VA with LAX as the origin/return and flying through BNE and onward even to New Zealand. But once I add the domestic leg delta.com insists on using the DL flight LAX-SYD and returns high-level awards only. I seem to do better booking the LAX-OZ/NZ flight in BE on VS and then adding on a low level coach LAX-DCA and vv flight. It isn’t the 80,000 that I think it should be, but it prices out at 92,500 to OZ.

  10. Jig
    Jig at |

    Agree on checking some additional intl routes. Also, could you run these with two seats? Many readers would be more interested in travel with a companion…

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  12. Lark
    Lark at |

    Seth –

    Would you rather have:

    500,000 DL Skymiles
    500,000 UA MP Miles
    500,000 AA AAdvantage Miles