Delta’s Charging a Fortune for Suites on the A350 Inaugural
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Currently, Delta is charging a whopping $13,005 for a one-way ticket from Detroit to Tokyo on the October 30 inaugural.
Or you can book the flight for just 240,000 SkyMiles — while that’s an awfully high sum, given the cash fare you’d actually be getting a redemption value of 5.4 cents per mile here.
Delta’s new Suite product offers a sliding door at every business-class seat — the fact that the airline’s launching both a new Delta One seat and a brand-new aircraft with a single inaugural may be driving up the price here.
The new Suite looks pretty spiffy, sure, but it’s quite compact. You should have more room in Qatar’s Qsuite, for example, and even JetBlue’s Mint suite (available in every other row on select domestic routes) looks a bit more spacious. In other words: Etihad’s Residence this is not.
That said, there’s certainly tremendous excitement surrounding this launch — especially among Delta loyalists.
And there are some options for getting the fare down. For example, if you book a round-trip ticket with the return in coach, you’ll pay $10,285:
Meanwhile, a Delta One outbound, Premium Select (premium economy) return will run you $10,588:
And even a Delta One round-trip is a hair cheaper than a one-way, and if you’re flying from the US to Tokyo, you’ll probably need a flight back at some point, too. (And you’ll get two Tumi amenity kits. Ha!)
There’s no question that Delta’s inaugural pricing is obscene, especially given that there are currently 9+ seats available to book. To make matters worse, only center seats are available to select at this point, but it’s possible that a few window seats are being blocked until check-in.
Ultimately, a “normal” fare on this route will run you $6,300, so if you don’t need to be on the inaugural, you’ll save quite a bit by waiting. Award flights are consistently priced at 200,000 miles each way through the end of the schedule in 2018 — at 400,000 round-trip, SkyMiles aren’t a great option on this route, and unfortunately these higher-level awards aren’t available through partner programs, either.
Are you flying on Delta’s A350 inaugural?
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.