One of the best things about being a Diamond is I can book and re-deposit my awards all I want. For those of you who are not Platinum or Diamond you need to look at the mightily schedule change and book out as far as you can to game it to get free changes (I always did this before I made it to PM).
Now on to low level awards. I have updated my Essential Tab and included links to screen shots of the old award charts from Delta and you may want to bookmark that page for future use. Also, please take a look at all the E7 posts in the Essential Tab on how to book low level awards as the info is STILL 100% VALID and TESTED TODAY as you will see!
Let me give you an example. If I look at the above seats Delta wants me to take from Chicago (ORD) to Gothenburg Sweden (GOT) in business class the lowest it is finding is 105,000. OUCH! We know it should be 62,500 one way in business low level. Anything over that and I am saying NO!
Now if I search on DELTA.dumb from Boston (BOS) to GOT I do find low level awards in business class. But I have to get to BOS to get those seats. So…
I search for low level awards in business from ORD to BOS. I find them at 25,000 and that is the right price for a low level domestic award in business. Perfect! This will mean 25k+62.5k=62.5K total (i.e. it will all price out as a one way low level business class award)
Oh, but wait you say. When you plug that in now in 2015 into the multi-day search you get an error unlike before when it priced out right. Yes, I agree, as you see above. That is when you have to call Delta and be ready to HUCB again and again if you need to until you get a good rep.
My first rep was worthless and could not make it work or did not know how. The next rep was perfect, found the route, saw all low level ORD to BOS (via ATL) and from BOS to GOT. There were some issues with her system, but the rep found a way. End result:
Yep! All done and booked at low level 62,500 each! I guess there still IS value in Skymiles if you know how to find it – nothing new there. So kids, we have the tools, we have the skills, we have tenacity not to let Delta rob us of our Skymiles (even though they now are HIDING the Skymiles charts from us). It us up to us to make it happen. I did – will you? 😉 – René