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Earlier this year two of Delta’s Asian partners, China Eastern and China Southern, started showing up on Delta.com’s award booking tool.
But they were quickly pulled.
Now, they are both back, and the One Mile at a Time blog reports a 3rd has been added…China Airlines based in Taiwan.
You can see availability for all three here:
And Delta has made China Eastern and China Southern official in the disclosure on its website so this is not a glitch:
We’re assuming China Airlines gets added to the list soon.
This is great news that starts to make SkyMiles competitive with United MileagePlus to Asia, and in some ways even more attractive.
Economy Class awards start at just 35,000 miles one-way and Business Class awards start at 70,000 miles.
If you’re traveling further to Southeast Asia or India you’ll need 40,000 miles for Economy Class, but still just 70,000 miles for Business Class.
And yes, Delta.com lets you route via Asia to get to India.
For comparison United charges 80,000 miles one way for Business Class on partner airlines to Asia and India, except Japan which is 75,000 miles one way.
Here are the North America gateway cities for all 3 airlines
You can’t fly on China Airlines during its blackout dates for awards, which eliminate the summer (June 1 – August 31) as well as the winter holidays (December 10 – 31).
China Eastern and China Southern don’t impose blackout dates.
While there is a lot of concern in the frequent flyer community over Delta removing its published award charts earlier this year, expanded online partner opportunities like this at reasonable prices are a real improvement, and if you have SkyMiles this is a great way to use them without having to deal with the call center.
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