Many people know that Delta members cannot book one-way awards with SkyMiles unless they want to pay the full round-trip price. But what many don’t know is that you can book Delta one-way awards at reduced mileage. It is possible.
The trick is it takes a few steps to complete, more so than just booking with Delta Sky Miles through Delta’s website. The fees are the same or less and you’ll have access to the same great Delta inflight product, even the Flat-Bed seats on the internationally configured planes that fly domestic routes.
The trick involves using Flying Blue miles to book the Delta award. We’ll illustrate how to book the award assuming one does not have any Flying Blue miles in an account.
Transfer American Express Points*
The first step involves getting enough Flying Blue miles in your Flying Blue account. A domestic U.S. First Class one-way award will require 25,000 Flying Blue miles or 12,500 Flying Blue miles for a domestic U.S. coach award flight.
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Confirm Transfer Of Points To Flying Blue*
The transfer is instant. If you were already logged into your Flying Blue account, log out, and log back in to see the new balance.
Verify Points Transfer Complete – Log Into Flying Blue*
Search Delta Availability On Air France
Finally to the good part. I would actually recommend looking for award space before completing the transfer step above. Simply select one-way award and search for availability on your desired route. You can see in the example below that award availability looks pretty good on the JFK to Atlanta flight where the internationally configured 767 operates with Flat-Bed seats.
Complete Your Award Booking
The Delta one way award will only cost half the amount of miles by using Flying Blue miles instead of Delta SkyMiles. The best part is you can even book the Flat-Bed seats like the one on the JFK to Atlanta route in the newly configured 767 with Flat-Bed seats.
Many folks don’t know that you can book one way awards on Delta. The only problem is you have to have American Express Membership Rewards points to transfer to Flying Blue or already have Flying Blue points to book the one way award.
*Optional if Flying Blue members have the requisite amount of Flying Blue miles already in their account.
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