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The Flight Deal is reporting some cheap Delta flights from Los Angeles to Singapore in Economy Class. I was able to find these fights for $747 which would yield me 17,558 Medallion Qualifying Miles (4.25 cents per MQM). This fare is available for travel from August 21st-November 30th, and then again from January 1, 2014-May 20, 2014 for Monday through Thursday departures.
As a Platinum Medallion, I would be earning 35,116 redeemable miles. It does book into one of Delta’s lowest fare classes: T, so plan on sitting in coach on these long haul flights since they are not upgrade eligible. If coach is oversold, Medallions may get an operational upgrade to BusinessElite – but don’t count on it.
There is also a FlyerTalk thread on this fare deal which has some other creative routes such as routing through SEA or JFK to earn some extra miles, so take a look there if you are interested in boosting your mileage. Like all fare deals, they usually don’t last that long so it might be wise to jump on it straight away and take advantage of Delta’s 24 hour risk free cancelation policy.
While I couldn’t dig up a deal quite as low as those reported via ITA Matrix, I did find a number of roundtrip options for $747, such as one departing on October 15 and returning on October 17 flying through Tokyo-Narita. Considering that the next cheapest option is $1,092 on United, that is still a great price.
Flights in July are currently $1,774, so you are saving about $1,000, along with knocking out over 17,540 miles or 4.3 cents per mile. You have to book through Delta.com, but the ITA Search Tool is a useful resource to find the lowest possible fares, especially if your dates are flexible.
I spent two very steamy days in Singapore last year, but would welcome the opportunity to see more of the pristine city – especially for such a great price. It is also a convenient stop off point for other destinations such as Bali or Bangkok. As you all know, I am a big fan of Delta – despite our sometimes dysfunctional relationship – due to perks such as pre-departure beverages, consistent WiFi on every domestic flight and generally friendly flight attendants, so I excited to check out this new deal.
As I mentioned the last time that Delta had a similar sale on for this route, it is a long way to go in coach, even though Delta now has Economy Comfort seats, with the layover in Narita you are looking at around 19 hours in the air.
For a less grueling way to rack up a bunch of MQM’s consider picking up the Delta Reserve card,which awards cardholders with 10,000 Medallion qualifying miles with the first purchase, and 15,000 more MQM’s if a member hits $30,000 in spend within the calendar year. The Delta Platinum Amex also offers 5,000 MQM’s after your first purchase and 10,000 MQM’s for $25,000 in annual spend, and another 10,000 MQM’s for $50,000 in annual spending.