Milecards

Advertiser Disclosure

Virgin Australia business class award space is returning for Delta SkyMiles

by on Mon June 13, 2016 • No Comment
Google+TwitterFacebookEmailLinkedIn

virginaustraliabizseat

One of the best uses of Delta SkyMiles used to be Virgin Australia Business Class awards to Australia for 80,000 miles one way using its nonstop routes from Los Angeles to Sydney and Brisbane.

Availability was really generous until late last Summer, when Virgin Australia announced plans to retrofit its planes with a new generation seat that has direct aisle access for every passenger.

And since then, availability dried up, aside from a day here and there, closing off a great redemption option.

Now, availability is  starting to show up again.

But there are some catches….

  • Availability still isn’t nearly as good as before
  • Most of the space is *from* Australia
  • The base Business Class award price increases to 95,000 miles one way as of this fall
  • A lot of the space is for just one seat at a time

Here’s space from Sydney to Los Angeles next Winter (Summer in Australia), a great time to travel…

sydlax

There’s even a little space for travel this summer at the soon to be old 80,000 mile price for flights from Los Angeles.

laxsydjunjul

And space for a lucky two passengers at a time.

laxsyddetail

The new Business Class is already flying on flights to and from Los Angeles, and all of Virgin’s long haul 777-300s will have their retrofits complete by the third quarter of this year.

It’s a big step up from the old cabin, which had a crowded 2-3-2 arrangement. And hopefully, as the booking patterns with the new configuration become more clear, Virgin will feel comfortable releasing even more award space going forward.

95,000 miles one way is a lot to ask, but considering only Qantas First Class offers a better seat to Australia, and these seats sell for $8,000+ roundtrip, it’s still a very good value for your miles.

 

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
Learn more

Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

$0

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

Still confused? Have a question?

Leave a comment below -- we'll reply shortly -- no need to use your real name. Or, use the email form at the top of the page for private advice.

"These responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered."

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *