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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.
Delta.com 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:
Airlines to use Delta.com for award searches:
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:
Here is a list of airlines you should use AirFrance.us to search for awards. Once you see dates that work, call Delta to book:
You can also look at some airlines that appear on Delta.com to double check Delta’s results, including Aeromexico (CM) and Alitalia (AZ).
Once you log in using AirFrance.us is easy.
Just select ‘Award Ticket Reservation’ from the main page.
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 Delta.com
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.
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 Kayak.com 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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