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Fly Delta One Suites to Asia Next Spring & Summer for 47K Points!

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It’s tough to beat the fancy and private Delta One Suites for a long flight to Asia. And if you want to book it for cheap, today’s your lucky day.

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 the best deals in the world of miles and points – and an ongoing transfer bonus makes it even cheaper.

American Express is currently offering a 30% bonus on transfers to Virgin Atlantic. That means you can book these flights with just 47,000 American Express Membership Rewards points.

The trick is finding award availability at these low rates via Virgin Atlantic – and you’re in luck. There’s some good availability in spring and summer 2020 for up to four to fly Delta One suites from the U.S. to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) and Shanghai-Pudong (PVG) in spring and summer 2020.

 

 

That includes some flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), and even Atlanta (ATL) or Detroit (DTW). And the best part is there are tons of dates with four or more seats available! 

Scope out the full list of routes where you can fly in a Delta One suite to get a sense of your options. But keep reading for a look at some of the best ways to fly Delta One suites to Asia for just 60,000 miles. And read our guide on using Virgin Atlantic miles to book Delta flights for everything you need to know to make this work.

Thrifty Tip #1: Don’t live in one of the cities with great Delta One availability? Use a positioning flight to get there. Otherwise, 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. Just start by searching from your home airport on Virgin Atlantic’s website.

Thrifty Tip #2: Looking for flights to Seoul-Incheon (ICN)? Unfortunately, Virgin Atlantic’s site can’t pull up that airport. You’ll have to call Virgin at 1-800-365-9500 to find availability and book it.

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. You just have to time it right. There’s scattered availability from January all the way through April 2020, with a bunch of award space in late April.

 

 

But here’s the best part: Every one of the dates shown above has at least four Delta One seats available at that price. In fact, many of these dates have at least eight seats available. That’s almost unheard ofas it can often be challenging for even a couple to snag business class seats together using miles.

As a reminder, the exact same flight costs at least twice as much when using SkyMiles to book. And often, it’s much, much more.

 

 

Unfortunately, the availability from Minneapolis to Tokyo dries up as summer approaches, thanks to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. And there’s not great availability to book a return flight to Minneapolis using Virgin Atlantic, so you may have to consider employing one of our other favorite ways to fly between Japan and the U.S.

Read our review of Delta One Suites from Tokyo-Haneda (HND) to Minneapolis-St. Paul.

 

Detroit (DTW) to Beijing (PEK)

Want to go see the Great Wall? Detroit (DTW) is a great starting point to fly there for cheap in Delta One Suites.

There is a smattering of dates throughout the spring, but you’ll find strong availability for two or more passengers flying to Beijing-Capital (PEK) from July through September and beyond. Every date below has at least two seats bookable for just 60,000 miles each way.

 

 

And unlike the Minneapolis example, it’s even easier to hitch a return flight from Beijing home to Detroit next summer.

 

Atlanta (ATL) to Shanghai-Pudong (PVG)

Atlanta-based flyers are hostages in Delta’s massive hub, and they rarely get in on amazing deals like this. Yet using Virgin Atlantic miles could get an entire family to China for cheap.

There’s a ton of award space to fly to Shanghai-Pudong (PVG) for just 60,000 miles each way throughout summer 2020. For example, look at how easy it is to book two Delta One suites in the summer.

 

 

There’s also some decent award availability throughout the spring flying from Atlanta to Shanghai. And again, booking the same flights to return to Atlanta isn’t too difficult, either.

 

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai-Pudong (PVG)

It’s time for something a bit different.

You’ll still have your own suite, but Delta flies a new Airbus A330-900neo between Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai-Pudong (PVG). And if you’re dying to try out this new seat, here’s your best chance to do it for cheap.

There’s fairly decent availability scattered throughout the spring, summer, and early fall of 2020.

 

 

How to Get Virgin Atlantic Miles and Book

To get in on one of these amazing deals for a Delta One suite, you need some Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. Unfortunately, you can’t transfer Delta SkyMiles over to Virgin Atlantic, or vice versa. But you can still easily earn the miles you need. 

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.

But with the ongoing 30% transfer bonus from American Express, that should be your obvious choice. Booking a $5,000-plus flight to Asia with just 47,000 points is nearly unbeatable. Read our guide to transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to airline partners.

The American Express Platinum Card is a strong option for frequent flyers to get the Amex points they need to book a Delta One suite. 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.

 

Bottom Line

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, this is an amazing chance to fly to Japan or China – or bring the whole family – using the Amex transfer bonus to do it for even fewer points.

 

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Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.

6 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    You do realize by making this information so public that Delta will eliminate this option for Virgin Flying Club members, right?
    Thanks for that.

    • Kyle Potter says:

      We appreciate that you think we’re that important, Eric. But rest assured, if this option is eliminated, we will be a tiny portion of the reason why.

      And while it might be nice to keep this option under wraps so that you and I can keep using it, that would be pretty selfish. Several readers told us they’ve booked these flights after reading this post. We think helping them understand points and miles, and use them wisely, is more important.

  2. Joey says:

    You don’t need these credits cards to transfer points to Virgin, the options is hotel program points. For instance…sitting on a boatload of Marriott Points, they work as well.

  3. Mark Lloyd says:

    This is what I don’t get. How can Virgin Atlantic, that isn’t part of the SkyTeam alliance, offer these flights at 1/5th of what Delta charges? Why does Delta charge so much for it? I’m going to Tokyo in April, and flying JAL F for 75k AA miles. If I tried to fly AA metal over there, it would cost double that, and the service would be nowhere the same. Airlines have changed (for the worse) how many redeemable miles you get on a flight now, and have also devaluated what their miles are worth.

    For instance, ORD-HKG via EWR in Y gets about 5800 award miles with United (flight miles are over 17,500). So you are getting about 1/3rd of the actual flight miles as redeemable miles, but if you want to take this as an award trip, it would cost you 40k miles in Y….so you’d need to fly this route 7 times just to get a “free” trip.

    Once the “US 3” were formed, the FF memberships went down hill

  4. Kenny Shum says:

    Can’t seem to find any of these MSP-HND flights today (Wed at about 5pm ET). Are they all gone?

    • Kyle Potter says:

      I still see plenty of flights available. Be sure you’re searching through VirginAtlantic.com, one-way MSP->HND in late April, search using Flexible Dates and booking with miles!

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