Great Availability to Fly Delta One Suites to Asia for 60K Miles!
When you’re spending 12-plus hours in the sky, you want a comfortable seat. And you can’t do much better than Delta’s fancy and private Delta One suites.
While Delta often wants 300,000 SkyMiles or more each way for these expensive flights, you can book the exact same flight through Virgin Atlantic for just 60,000 miles each way. It’s one of our favorite – and almost inexplicably valuable – workarounds in the world of miles and points.
The trick is finding availability at these barnburner rates, as it can sometimes be a challenge to zero in on an award that works. But there’s an absolute goldmine right now for Delta One flights from several U.S. cities to Asia right now for the summer – including many dates with four or more seats available!
The best availability seems to be from early July through August. Scope out the full list of routes where you can fly in a Delta One suite to get a sense of your options – and keep in mind that you can generally fly from any airport with Delta service to connect with one of these flights on the same itinerary for 82,500 miles.
Read our guide on using Virgin Atlantic miles to book Delta flights for everything you need to know to make this work.
Here’s what we’re seeing:
Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Tokyo-Haneda (HND)
You easily can ride in style to go explore Japan’s amazing capital city from Delta’s Midwestern hub for just 60,000 miles.
But here’s the best part: Every one of the dates shown above has at least four Delta One seats available at that price. That’s almost unheard of, as it can often be challenging for even a couple to snag business class seats together using miles.
As a reminder, here’s a look at what these flights normally cost when using SkyMiles.
There are just as many flights open in August at this incredible rate. And many of these dates also have four or more seats available.
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo-Haneda (HND)
It’s also pretty easy to score a one-way flight to Tokyo in Delta One suites for a steal from Los Angeles (LAX). And that’s true whether you’re flying solo or traveling with a family of four.
The same is true in August. Any date that shows up below for 60,000 has Delta One suites available on the nonstop flight to Tokyo.
Seattle (SEA) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT)
It’s back to Tokyo, this time from Seattle (SEA) and flying into Tokyo’s other airport, Tokyo-Narita (NRT). And while availability isn’t quite as wide on this route, it’s still fairly easy to find a date that works for just 60,000 miles.
August is also looking pretty good.
Detroit (DTW) to Beijing (PEK)
If China is on your mind, it’s easy to get there in a Delta One suite from Detroit (DTW). Look at how easy it is to book for just 60,000 miles in July!
Unfortunately, just a pair of dates in August will work at this price. Still, the savings here are undeniable.
Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG)
The relatively short flight from Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) won’t get a plane equipped with these Delta One suites until July. But you’re in luck, because it’s easy to get one of those suites on the cheap right off the bat.
Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG)
If flying to Shanghai (PVG) from Los Angeles (LAX) works, you also have plenty of options.
There are also a handful of dates in August that work, too.
How to Get Virgin Atlantic Miles
To get in on one of these amazing deals for a Delta One suite, you need some Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. You can do it easily.
That’s because the airline is a transfer partner with three major bank points currencies: Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou points.
So you could boost your Flying Club balance by opening the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve card. The former is currently offering a 60,000-point welcome bonus after spending $4,000 within three months of opening the card, while the latter has a 50,000-point introductory bonus for the same spending requirement.
The American Express Platinum Card is a strong option for frequent flyers. The $550 annual fee may seem steep, but that comes with at least a 60,000-point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 within three months and an unbeatable set of travel perks. But be sure to check to see if you qualify for a 100,000-point bonus.
Using Virgin Atlantic miles to book a Delta One suite is one of the savviest moves a frequent traveler can make. And while it can be tough to find the dates that work to make this workaround a success, it’s never been easier to book a summer trip to Japan or China has never been easier.
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