Any Frequent flyer or FF of Delta knows that delta.com has a reputation of having the worst award space availability in the US and even when traveling worldwide! It’s NEVER (ok rarely) good to use your miles on Delta when there’s a skyteam partner or other partner with seats available for redemption (partner awards are always redeemed at the lowest award level). Recently I went to buy a ticket LA to Manila. Delta wanted 240k in biz!! YIKES! Called them up, and guess what, Korean Air had LAX-ICN-MNL r/t for 120K + on the return trip and I get to fly the A380! Not only does Korean air have a better SOFT and HARD product then Delta, but I get to fly the A380 and use less miles! Double if not triple win for me!
That aside, today I was looking for a ticket JFK to LAX. Whenever using Delta.com you always have to search the tickets one way at a time, the system can’t handle both ways or at least I’ve never had good luck searching round trip. Want a further indepth explaination fo delta miles. Read this post, it’s one of many that explain delta’s crazy award redemption strategies!
So I go to delta.com. I look up LAX to JFK in Biz and surprisingly the award calendar says LOW MILE price! SCORE!!!