Most airlines websites work. If you search for seats at whatever level award you want at whatever class of service, it shows you. You may not “like” having to take extra legs or overnight or whatever, but you clicked the low level or saver button and this is how you get done what you want at the number of miles you want.
Delta.com really does not work this way. Delta.com picks what it finds and it is most times NOT the lowest award level seats that can be found from points A to point B. I have so many posts about this in the Essentials tab E7 and this is yet one more.
The saver business seats to Hawaii after June 1st this year should cost between 80-90,000 round trip depending on 1st class or full flat seats. Notice the search at the top for business class seats from Grand Rapids to Honolulu Hawaii does not have ONE SINGLE saver business seat all month. Sorry, you will have to pay more miles. Or do you? Is Delta.com working against you? You bet it is. Look at this if I search on the 13th just part way.
My search yielded saver seats 1st class GRR to LAX at 50k that is the round trip (25k each way or 50k round trip).
If I am willing to overnight in LA and then if I search for saver seats from LAX to HNL on the 14th I also find saver seats for 90k that is the round trip cost for full flat business seats (45k each way or 90k round trip).
So go to the advanced search and multi-leg search tool and select it,
and then at that page I plug in the search from GRR to LAX for the 13th and LAX to HNL on the 14th. Then search for those flights I found before at saver level,
thus I grab the the first low level seats I wanted from GRR and then next one is the one from LAX).
Once I plug them in and go to price it out notice that the price does correctly price out at 90,000 points total for the trip as Delta does not allow one way trips but always prices round trip price. But, as long as on the return I can find seats the same way for either 80,000 or 90,000 saver level and also plug those in at the multi search page the total trip will price out 85-90,000 round trip. Much better than the price Delta.com found for me just looking on EITHER the 13th or the 14th from GRR to HNL.
Some things to think about. You must have less than 4 hours between connections or it counts as a stopover domestically and I have now already used that on the outbound with my LAX overnight. If you have another stopover on the way back Delta.com will add 25,000 to the ticket or another ½ of a business class ticket to the trip and then you will price from 110,00 to 115,000 round trip as you have a round trip plus another segment as part of the trip.
What you should take away from this is the simple fact that Skymiles have value. Also that it takes a lot of work to squeeze that value out of our points. Lastly being a PM or DM has huge value so you can keep working an award ticket once you find something that will work for you!
You may be thinking to yourself this is a royal pain and not worth your time. You may say: “I will just pay the higher miles fee at 135,000 miles vs. the 90,000 per ticket as I don’t have the time for all this“. OK I can respect that your are busy but you are talking about spending 45,000 more per ticket worth at least $450 as a Skymile is always worth that much with Pay with Miles. I suggest you please consider using ADAM to do this work for you. His small fee will cost MUCH less that burning this many extra miles – René