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We talk a lot about earning points and miles here at Points, Miles & Martinis. And we’ve mentioned the importance of burning as fast as you earn or when you’ve saved enough miles and points for your dream vacation. So we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 uses of Delta Airlines SkyMiles for Business Class award redemptions. Here’s our list. Feel free to add or supplement as you see fit.
#5 – Mauritius
Using Delta SkyMiles to get you to Mauritius is a great deal. The flight in Business Class requires 120,000 SkyMiles on Partner airline Air France. But you can also fly on Air France Partner Air Mauritius on the same route. Tip: Add in a stop over in Paris and an open jaw to enhance award redemption value.
#4 – Australia
Delta operates a non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney. But you’ll be hard pressed to find one let alone two Business Class awards at the low redemption level. Instead, check out Delta’s partner Virgin Australia’s availability. There are a few lesser known options including Air Tahiti and a few other SkyTeam airline partners that you can redeem to Australia. But once you are there, you’ll be able to experience great destinations like the Great Barrier Reef and views of the Sydney Opera House.
#3 – South Africa
Delta operates a non-stop flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa. This is currently the fourth longest flight in the world, but will soon become the second longest flight in the world. Delta operates their 777 with Flat-Bed Business Class seats. We shared the rare find of Business Class availability earlier this year. If you plane to take this flight, better plan well in advance and be flexible if you’d like to fly in Business Class at the low award level.
#2 – Maldives
There are a number of SkyTeam partners that fly to the Maldives. One partner that recently added service is Korean Airlines. Using Delta SkyMiles to fly to the Maldives is something we’ve always wanted to do but have never found the time although we’ve had plenty of miles.
#1 – French Polynesia
Traveling to French Polynesia on SkyTeam partner Air France or Delta partner Air Tahiti is one of the most coveted awards flights using Delta SkyMiles. We were fortunate enough to book two Business Class tickets to French Polynesia in 2009.
Delta SkyMiles may or may not have the best award availability, but there sure are some good ways to redeem your miles.
Questions or comments? Fire away…