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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….
Here’s space from Sydney to Los Angeles next Winter (Summer in Australia), a great time to travel…
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.
And space for a lucky two passengers at a time.
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.
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