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Deal Alert: Fly Delta's New A350 Suite to Asia From $2,071 Round-Trip

Sept. 30, 2017
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Deal Alert: Fly Delta's New A350 Suite to Asia From $2,071 Round-Trip
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Delta's gearing up to launch its new business-class suite product on the Airbus A350, and it looks fantastic. Of course, the airline knows it's got a winner on its hands — in fact, Delta's so confident that the A350 offers a far superior experience that it's added a hefty $500 per-direction surcharge to some flights operated by the new plane.

That's what makes this deal particularly exciting — currently, you can book Delta One suites on the Airbus A350 starting at just $2,071 round-trip. And we're not talking about a short hop to Europe — these flights to Beijing are 13 hours long, which works out to well under $100 per hour of suite time on the round-trip.

Delta's new suite looks fantastic. Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
Delta's new suite looks fantastic. Image courtesy of Delta Air Lines.

The cheapest fares are available in January and February, starting with the inaugural flight from Detroit on January 17, 2018, but you can fly through the end of the schedule in August 2018 for about $200 more, with most dates available at $2,255 round-trip. Assuming you fly the first three segments, ending in Detroit, you'll earn at least 20,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), $1,800 MQDs and 9,000 redeemable miles for these flights.

If you can’t take advantage of China’s “visa-free transit” policy on an itinerary without a visit to a third country, be sure you get the right visa before traveling or you won’t even be able to get on the plane. TPG recommends using a third-party service like Allied Passport & Visa; mention The Points Guy on your order form and receive a $5 discount.

Airline: Delta
Routes: YOW/YUL/YYZ to PEK
Cost: $2,071+ round-trip in business
Dates: January-August 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Toronto (YYZ) to Beijing (PEK) for CA$2,582 ($2,071) round-trip in January 2018:

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Montreal (YUL) to Beijing (PEK) for CA$2,812 ($2,256) round-trip in August 2018:

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Meanwhile, booking the same A350 flights originating in Detroit more than doubles the price, at $4,374 round-trip.

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While you do need to begin travel in Toronto, a one-way ticket from New York to Toronto starts at $87, for example, while return flights from Detroit can be had for $64.

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

H/T: zoqfotpik on Flyertalk

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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

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  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

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  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases