Not April Fools: Delta Lowers Prices of Awards on Some Routes

Apr 1, 2018

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It’s a story that sounds like an April Fools joke, but we are assured that it isn’t: Delta has actually lowered the prices of SkyMiles awards on some routes.

Before the change, Delta charged 40,000 miles in economy and 95,000 miles in business class for a one-way partner flight between the US and its Northern Asia region. Now, those prices have dropped to 35,000 miles in economy and 85,000 miles in business class.

For reference, Delta includes the following countries in its Northern Asia region: China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Korea (Republic of), Micronesia, Philippines and Taiwan, Russia (East of the Ural Mountains), Guam and Saipan.

This means, for example, that Korean Airlines economy award flights to Seoul, South Korea, have dropped in price:

And business class awards to China on partners such as China Southern have dropped to 85,000 each way:

This brings Delta SkyMiles awards into alignment with what programs like American’s AAdvantage and United’s MileagePlus charge for economy awards. But, even after this reduction, Delta still charges more for business class than the others. Alaska’s Mileage Plan still stands out from the crowd as the cheapest mileage option to get to Asia:

US-North Asia Economy Business First
Alaska Mileage Plan (Cathay) 30,000 50,000 70,000
Alaska Mileage Plan (Hainan) 30,000 50,000 n/a
Alaska Mileage Plan (JAL) 35,000 60,000 70,000
United Mileage Plus 35,000 70,000 80,000
American Airlines AAdvantage 37,500 70,000 110,000
Delta SkyMiles 35,000 85,000 n/a

Note that these are only the rates on Delta partners — Delta will still charge whatever it feels like for flights on its own aircraft:

H/T: US Credit Card Guide via View From The Wing

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