One of the great, and most times reasonably open, Delta LEVEL 1 business class awards that you can find is Los Angeles to Sydney Australia. It is a long flight but a nice way to get there direct in a decent business class product. Now getting to LAX also at LEVEL 1 space, that is another story, but we will save that for another day.
But right now, just about ANY dates for a year, if you search direct from LAX to SYD you see not one single flight that has ANY Virgin Australia LEVEL 1 space open (reminder: all partner space is LEVEL 1 or simply not there). The ONLY thing you are able to find is way over priced LEVEL 5 “OK” space for 175,000 points one-way (I don’t think it is OK at all and I think Delta even calling it in code OK is just sick).
Coach space, however, on Virgin Australia direct is just about wide open as you can see from the shot above.
Also if we happen to look at connecting flights, and you don’t mind connecting to China Eastern or China Southern (just no more stopovers, sorry, Delta destroyed that perk) then you can get to Sydney at LEVEL 1 business class pricing but it will take you, just, a, little, bit, longer, to, get, there, with, the, connection 🙁 !
Now just what is going on here. Not THAT long ago (yeah about two weeks) all Delta partner space was just GONE on Delta.dumb. Either there is a new bug or there is the very scary possible situation that Virgin is starting to pull inventory from SkyMiles members much the way KLM and Air Franc have done over the past few years. If this latter is the case we are in big trouble kids as that has been a saving grace this year with Delta pricing most business seats LEVEL 2-5.
I really hope this just is a bug. I hope it is short term bug. This situation has happened this way before and been fixed. Please be a bug, please oh please be a bug, Delta! – Rene
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