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Where to find all Delta SkyMiles partner award availability online

by on Fri February 14, 2014 • 2 Comments

Delta SkyMiles award availability


One of the most frustrating things about award travel is finding award seats on the dates and flights you want. And Delta has one of the most unfriendly websites around for searching for awards according to our study, especially if you’re trying to take advantage of its SkyTeam airline partners for international travel. You can always call Delta to search for awards on any partner, but phone agents can be unreliable and often miss options if you’re not explicit about what airlines and routes to check. That’s why it’s always good to be able to search for options online first as much as you possibly can.

To help you get more value out of the hard earned Delta Skymiles credit card miles you’ve earned, we’ve compiled the places you can search for Delta partner award availability online right here. Some airlines have more than one way to check so this is by no means every way you can check availability, but for every Delta partner airline we’ve listed the most intuitive options that are free of charge to search when available.

For anything you find outside of Delta’s website you’ll have to call an agent to book and be prepared to make more than one call if you don’t get the answer you like, as not all agents know to look in the same places. gets a bad rap for being unreliable, but if you follow a few guidelines you can get pretty good award search results for several airlines:

  • Always search one-way only. has a tendency to over price itineraries when one segment is not available at the lowest mileage level. A way around this is to only search one-way at a time, which leads to more accurate pricing. Then, when you’ve found days that have the lowest mileage level available re-do your search as a round-trip and book it, or call in to request the flights.
  • Try to search one or two flight segments at a time. While will display results with several connections involved, it’s best to try and isolate results by looking for the longest flights first on their own to make sure you’re not missing a lucrative flight because the short segment is only available at higher mileage levels. also sometimes has difficulty showing flights where a partner connects to Delta so looking for individual segments helps.
  • Don’t trust the calendar. The calendar won’t display availability for days when only partner flights are available. But if you click through to individual days from the calendar you’ll be able to see partner options in the detailed results.

Airlines to use for award searches:

  • Air France (since Delta blocks many of the Air France award seats Air France makes available on longer flights, only gives you a reliable picture of what you can book)
  • KLM (same story as Air France)
  • Alitalia (an exception is some intra-Italy routes like Palermo to Rome which are not shown. But other than that it’s pretty reliable if you specify a specific route that Alitalia flies like Chicago to Rome. Just note that phone agents seem to transpose business and economy class availability. Alitalia uses ‘O’ class for business class, and Delta phone agents see it and think it’s economy class. It’s not, so specify ‘O’ when asking on the phone for business class).
  • Alaska Airlines (though it’s not always reliable with connections, so use it to check individual flights)
  • Aeromexico (you can double-check at or an award search on
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Korean Airlines (you can double-check with an award search on, though only economy and business class seats are available with Delta miles. First class can’t be booked)

Air France’s site is a great tool for SkyMiles members. To search for awards you’ll need to set up an account with its ‘Flying Blue’ frequent flyer program, which is free. Once you do you’ll get access to their versatile and easy to use award search calendar.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you use it:

  • Flights will display with a two letter airline code next to the flight number rather than the full name of the airline.  The list below includes airline codes for each partner airline you’ll want to search using the website.
  • Don’t use this site for AirFrance or KLM availability for long flights. This is counter intuitive, but the reason is this. AirFrance / KLM and Delta block many award seats from SkyMiles members on AirFrance / KLM’s longest international routes so what you see on is not always available for SkyMiles members to book.
  • Only pay attention to ‘Classic’ awards. This is the category that’s available for booking with Delta SkyMiles and is the category all partner awards fall into.
  • Search city by city. The website generally only shows itineraries with simple one or two connection routes. So for example if you live in St. Louis and are trying to get to Bangkok you probably won’t get to see all of your options if you search STL – BKK on the website. Instead, search from US gateways that have nonstop flights to Asia on partners like China Eastern like LAX. Then search separately on for flights within the U.S. that will get you to the gateway city.

Here is a list of airlines you should use to search for awards. Once you see dates that work, call Delta to book:

  • Aeroflot (SU)
  • Aerolineas Argentinas (AR)
  • China Airlines (CI)
  • China southern (CZ)
  • Czech Airlines (OK)
  • Kenya Airways (KQ)
  • Saudia Airlines (SV)
  • Tarom Airlines (RO)
  • Xiamen Airlines (MF)
  • China Eastern (MU)
  • Shanghai Airlines (FM)

You can also look at some airlines that appear on to double check Delta’s results, including Aeromexico (CM) and Alitalia (AZ).

Once you log in using is easy.

Just select ‘Award Ticket Reservation’ from the main page.

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The results are shown in an easy to read calendar. You can ignore the mileage amounts as these are the amounts AirFrance charges when using its own miles. You’ll pay the Delta SkyMiles ‘Saver’ rates listed on

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Then, when you see flight results they will be listed with a flight number and airline code. In this case from the list of codes we have above ‘SU’ stands for Aeroflot flights and ‘AZ’ stands for Alitalia flights.

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Other resources for other airlines

Knowing is half the battle with Delta miles. They are loathed by many, but if you take some time to do your homework it is possible to get good value out of them, especially if you’re flexible with how you want to travel. To give an idea of where to start your searches, try using and search for a cash ticket. When you get the search results you can filter by ‘SkyTeam’ under the airline section. Then you will see possible routes operated by SkyTeam airlines bookable with Delta miles, which you can search using the options above.

While it’s not always reliable at filtering and you’ll often get airlines that aren’t part of SkyTeam in the results, it will help you see possibilities you might not have thought to check.

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2 thoughts on Where to find all Delta SkyMiles partner award availability online

  1. tm

    I’m booked via a travel company in economy on a delta flight from SLC to Paris in March, I can’t seem to find anyone at Delta who can tell me if I can use my sky miles (I have 21,000) to upgrade to delta economy plus for the extra legroom. The Delta phone operators weren’t any help. Any ideas on how I can get a yes or no answer?


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