Well, it's been quite a while since I wrote anything here as I've been writing a ton for One Mile At A Time recently. However, today I noticed something odd when searching for award space to Australia with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
In the past, we've seen Virgin Atlantic show award space on Delta flights even when Delta wasn't showing saver award space. I haven't seen a pattern to how this plays out but it's definitely made me double check with Flying Club even if Delta doesn't show space.
Well, today's search took things to a new level. I searched for and found one business class award seat on Delta between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD). It's rare to find even one seat and I usually only see that within a week of departure.
Just for kicks, I decided to search for 2 people. Success. So, why not search for 3 seats at that point, right? Success again!
At this point, I just kept adding a seat until I reached the max number of seats for which Virgin Atlantic would let me search. That's 9 freaking seats!
At 75,000 Flying Club miles per person for a one-way business class award on Delta, that's easily better than the 94,000 SkyMiles Delta requires for its own flights. Of course, Delta isn't showing any saver space on August 7, 2018.
Even better, I'm seeing several dates with award space via Flying Club in August 2018. I've never seen Flying Club show phantom award space so I'm really curious how this would play out. I don't have 675,000 points I want to burn on myself and 8 friends/family to test, but this is nuts!
You can also book with Air France-KLM Flying Blue but the rates won't be nearly as good.
Considering the fact that you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points and SPG Starpoints to Flying Club, this might actually be possible for some of you.
Of course, I wouldn't just transfer points. If you're thinking about booking, please call Virgin Atlantic (1-800-365-9500) to put your award on hold -- they'd hold it for 48 hours -- while you transfer your points as it can take a day or two.
There are a couple things to remember when searching with Flying Club. You won't be able to search for award space to SYD if you select SYD as your destination initially. First, you'll want to enter LAX to a destination where Virgin Atlantic flies such as London Heathrow (LHR). Once you've done that, select Pay with Miles and to show flights within 5 weeks.
At this point, you can change LHR to SYD and run the search. Also, make sure you select "Show advanced options" so you can search for Upper Class (business class) space. Once you have all that set up, you can run your search. Keep in mind that adding a connection will require more miles.
If you want to book a flight to Australia and this works for you, let me know how many seats you book! Could be a great opportunity to take your family or book a fun trip with your friends!