So the guys over at the Flight Deal posted a great deal to Singapore yesterday. For $798, Delta was doing a sale to Singapore from LAX. Valid for travel between now and December 10, 2014, the trip would yield me 17,540 miles on a V class fare.
Looking at the dates, I wasn’t able to find any dates at that price but I was able to find a flight for $850. Not as good as $798 but still not a bad price for 17,540 miles. Looking a little deeper, I found a slightly higher fare but it connected through Minneapolis to Narita on the outbound and through Seattle on the return. That fare was $900 but it would get me an additional 2316 miles (19,856 total miles) for the trip.
Now here is the unknown. I have never flown on Delta before so I don’t know anything about them. I don’t know much about their aircraft, service or amenities. But more importantly, I don’t have any status with them so no special perks for me. I’m not a Delta guy and I will probably never be one. But luckily, I am an Alaska Airlines guy and they do partner with Delta. And as an Alaska Airlines MVP Gold (mid-tier status), I will get some minor perks for flying with Delta (as long as they remain frenamies). Those perks are very minor and include benefits such as:
- Priority check-in.
- Zone 1 Priority Boarding.
- Preferred seating at Booking.
- Complimentary upgrades within the United States, Canada, Mexico and select Caribbean destinations.
- 100% Bonus Award Miles.
The first four benefits are pretty lackluster but the 100% bonus miles is pretty awesome for a mid-tier status. On a V class fare, I would earn actual flight miles towards my Alaska Airlines elite status and a 100% bonus on the award miles. So now, my $900 fare will get me 37,912 award miles (2.4 cents per mile). Plus, this trip will qualify me for Alaska Airlines MVP status for next year.
Like I said before, it’s not a great deal but it’s not bad either. Having never flown on Delta before, I don’t know what to expect from their economy class service. The long legs of the trip will be flown on either a Boeing 777 or Airbus A330. Looking at their in-flight amenities, it looks like the planes will be equipped with personal entertainment systems and electrical power outlets at every seat. But there seems to be a charge for the entertainment activation?
I was also curious about what “Preferred Seating” meant. I was under the impression those were their premium economy seats similar to United’s Economy Plus, but I was completely wrong. Having “Preferred Seating” just means you get to pick either a standard economy window, aisle or bulkhead seat. No extra legroom or added perks. Just a normal window seat!!
So what are your guys’ thoughts? Would you do it? And where are my Delta fliers at? Can you shed some light on what flying long-haul economy will be like? It is similar to United’s? I did this exact same mileage run last year on United to qualify for United Premier Gold status. That wasn’t a bad experience so if it’s anything like that, it should be doable.