How to save over 50% off Delta One with SkyMiles to South Africa from Atlanta (hint: just fly the long way)!

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Delta is “A” award winning points program. SkyMiles can take you anywhere if you have enough of them. Let me give you one example (yes, this is a bit of a joke / rant post). And since I am considering a #SkyMilesLife visit to Africa I wanted to check my Delta One options.

Delta flies direct from Atlanta to Johannesburg South Africa. Now it on a 777 and, for now, features the worst Delta One seat in the air. And if you are flexible you can save a lot of Delta points.

A reasonable amount of SkyMiles?

It pays to be flexible?

Well, err, maybe not so much. But it is like 15 hours in the air to fly this route and well over 8000 miles. But is there a cheaper way? Yes there is! You do as Christopher Columbus did and go the other way around the world to save over 50% of your SkyMiles. Take a look.

If you simply book 2 tickets, the first one in Delta One business class to Hong Kong, and then overnight, and fly Skyteam partner KLM in business class to Johannesburg (via Amsterdam) then notice the price of BOTH of those tickets.

Ticket One

Ticket Two

Yes, you will “only” pay 420,000 Delta award winning SkyMiles for those two tickets and have the pleasure of flying over 20,000 miles (each way) vs. the very reasonable 930,000 SkyMiles (hey, it’s under 1 million) for the direct short 15 hour 8000 mile flight. 😉

I don’t know about the rest of you Atlanta Delta flyers, but I am going to always look for the most value for my SkyMiles and if that means circumnavigating the globe to save over 50% – that is what I am going to do! Even if it means a little extra time and distance on Delta and Skyteam jets and a hotel room or two along the way. You? – René


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