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Credit Miles Delta or Virgin Atlantic

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by JC Cerda, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. JC Cerda

    JC Cerda Reader

    I need advice on where to credit miles for an upcoming business class flight that is marketed by Virgin Atlantic and operated by Delta:

    2018 - VS 4045 LHR - ATL Booking Class : Z
    2018 - VS 5077 ATL - DFW Booking Class : J
    2019 - VS 1720 DFW - DTW Booking Class: Z
    2019 - VS 4038 DTW - LHR Booking Class : Z

    Should I credit to Delta or Virgin?
    I am Delta Silver in 2018 but will not have any status in 2019. I have no status with Virgin.
     
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  2. Sam Z

    Sam Z Member

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    Absolutely Virgin Atlantic. VS miles are great and have many good uses... DL SkyMiles is borderline insulting.
     
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  3. J.C.

    J.C. New Member

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    Can you give me examples of good uses for VS miles? I usually fly AA between the US and Europe.
     
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  4. Sam Z

    Sam Z Member

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    Sure.

    You can fly one-way from the East Coast to London in VS premium economy (which is actually quite good) for 17,500 miles + about $170 in taxes. As a point of comparison, UA/DL/and AA all charge 30,000 one-way in Economy (not Premium).

    You can fly in Delta business (if you find availability) from the US to Europe (non-UK) for 60,000 miles in Business, and these flights typically cost 280,000 miles one-way in Business with Delta SkyMiles.

    You can fly on South African Airways from Washington - Dakar for 25,000 miles in Business, and then onwards to South Africa for another 25,000 miles (if you book it on a different record locator).

    You can fly from the US - Tokyo roundtrip for 95,000 miles in business and 120,000 miles in first on ANA with minimal taxes and fees that amount to around $200-$300 per person.

    Delta transcon in delta one (for example JFK-LAX) for just 22,500 miles one-way and $5.60 in taxes (these can cost up to 200,000 miles one-way with SkyMiles)

    Sometimes Singapore airlines premium cabin award availability comes up (rather randomly) on long haul routes to partners, and you can book these awards through VS when they come up at reasonable prices.

    These are several other good uses of Flying Club Miles -- and if you are willing to pay the high taxes and fees there is a good amount of upper class award availability to London from the US. Hopefully the above list gives you an idea of some good ones which don't come with a lot of surcharges
     
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  5. J.C.

    J.C. New Member

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    Thanks for the reply!
     
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