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While it’s not uncommon to find cheap cash deals to Asia, mileage awards don’t get discounted as often. Even more uncommon is to find cheap award availability on brand-new aircraft. However, Delta is offering both those things right now.

We’ve discovered that Delta is currently offering awards to Shanghai (PVG) and Tokyo (HND/NRT) from just 40,000 SkyMiles plus $35 round-trip in economy. The low fares are available from cities across the West Coast and include Delta’s Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai route, operated by the A330-900neo, which only entered service yesterday. Availability is scattered, with cheap awards available for flights as early as today through May 2020.

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(Photo of Delta’s new A330-900neo by Chris Rank/Rank Studios/Delta)

There’s no telling as to how long the low fares will be available so you’ll want to book right away. As with any Delta ticket, you have until midnight Eastern time the day after you purchase to call, cancel and receive a refund of your miles and taxes paid. For Platinum and Diamond Medallion members, you’ll enjoy the luxury of being able to cancel this award ticket free of charge up until 72 hours prior to departure. Also, Delta’s higher elite tiers are entitled to complimentary upgrades from Main Cabin to Comfort+.

Unless you book a flight to a third country, you can’t take advantage of China’s “visa-free transit” policy. So, make sure you get the right visa before traveling or you won’t even be able to get on the planeTPG recommends using a third-party service like Allied Passport & Visa, and if you mention The Points Guy on your order form, you’ll get a $5 discount.

If you’re in need of SkyMiles, remember that you can instantly transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Delta at a 1:1 ratio.

Airline: Delta
Routes: West Coast US cities to PVG/HND/NRT
Cost: 40,000+ SkyMiles plus $35 round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: Scattered from July 2019 – May 2020
Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) for 40,000 miles + $35 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy on the A330-900neo:

Seattle (SEA) to Shanghai (PVG) for 40,000 miles + $35 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy on the A330-900neo:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG) for 50,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy on the A350:

Portland (PDX) to Shanghai (PVG) for 56,000 miles + $41 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy on the A330-900neo:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT/HND) for 62,000 miles + $55 in taxes and fees round-trip in economy on the A350:

Boosting Your SkyMiles Balance

While you couldn’t earn a welcome bonus in time to boost your balance for this wave of deals, you may consider adding a card now in anticipation of flash sales to come. There are a variety of ways to earn Delta miles, from Delta-operated flights to trips on SkyTeam airlines to various non-travel partners. However, one of the best ways to boost your SkyMiles balance to score a few free trips is by adding one of these cards to your arsenal:

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For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click here
For rates and fees of the Amex Business Platinum Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta Reserve Business Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card, click here.

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