Quiz time, how much to you “know” our Skyteam. One of the things I do each week is look for good mileage run deals. (BTW feel free to help me here and search now and then and email if you find something good).
How do I do this? The obvious first step is to check out the Mileage RUN page on Flyer Talk HERE. Look for posts with DL in them or any airline to see if DL will match them. Then, here is step two. Use Matrix HERE and be sure to include airports within 500 miles coming and going just to see what pops up and I UNCHECKED change airports just because that is a pain!
This can become a “lazy river” event. What do I mean? Well you start searching one way and then meander around, like a lazy river, and find something else. Thus my topic of today’s post.
Have you ever flown on Skyteam partner Aeroflot? I say “nyet”! But if you look at their Facebook page they have some videos that are, well, very Russian. Check out all the “The Sky, Our Masterpiece” clips:
As I said, these are very Russian clips. But notice this. If I use Matrix and search say a 6 day trip in November, check out what I find:
The Points Guy showed all the good biz class trips for around $1500 going on in November. Here is one in coach for ½ that price.
Before you start thinking mileage run, as I did, you need to be careful when it comes to our Skyteam partners as all fares are NOT created equal. I mean, if you look at the route it looks great right?
14830 MQM’s for just $739 all-in is less than 5 cents per MQM and you get a week or so in Europe. But wait, look what Delta.com says about their Skyteam partner in “L” class book on Aeroflot!
Ah, you only get 75% on “L” class via THIS Skyteam partner. So, the math is not as good in this fare “bucket”. Still, if you want to “enjoy” COACH class Russian service on a 12-13hr flight and go to Europe in the fall, this is one way to do it for $700-ish each.
I hope I have made you think this weekend and I hope you will help me and your fellow Delta Points readers look and try to find the next $137 mileage run deal! – René
PS – you still have time to “ask Tamara” a TA question by 5PM tonight for a chance to win some DELTA swag.