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Use Alitalia awards with Delta while you still can easily

by on Thu October 3, 2013 • 1 Comment

Alitalia and Delta SkyMilesAlitalia is an airline that’s constantly on the brink with its finances.

So news over the last couple of weeks that a change in ownership structure may be coming isn’t a surprise.

One of the possibilities is that Air France / KLM  acquires Alitalia. If that happens, Alitalia will join the ‘Flying Blue’ frequent flyer program.

That’s fine for Delta SkyMiles® members on the surface – Air France / KLM is a partner of Delta’s so you will still be able to use your miles on Alitalia flights.

But there is a big drawback.

Air France / KLM hides a lot of its award availability from Delta SkyMiles® members. That means it can be tough to find an award flight on Air France and KLM using Delta miles.

Right now, Alitalia flights (there are only 5 destinations in the U.S.) are pretty easy to use for award travel with Delta miles. That’s because Alitalia gives Delta SkyMiles® members access to the same award seats as its own frequent flyers.

But if Alitalia merges with Air France / KLM it’s likely finding award seats with Delta SkyMiles® on Alitalia will be harder, the way it is on Air France and KLM now.

If this happens, it won’t happen for a while. Deals take a long time before they hit frequent flyer programs. But it’s yet another reason to use your Delta SkyMiles® as quickly as you can. Not to mention Delta increased the price of business class awards to Europe by 25% for flights June 1, 2014 and later.

More about Delta SkyMiles®

> Delta SkyMiles® cheat sheet – partner gateways for better availability

> Airline mile transfer – how long it takes

> Guide to Delta credit cards – complete list

> How to find awards to Italy with Delta SkyMiles®


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One thought on “Use Alitalia awards with Delta while you still can easily

  1. ExpertDL

    Alitalia awards feel too good to be true, would be a shame for them to go the way of Air France awards which have become so hard to get. love Alitalia in business class with the new lie flat seats. so much better than the others, at least if your flight is on time!


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