I’m already seeing the benefits of the Delta / Virgin-Atlantic tie-up, I was able to book a roundtrip Business award for 100,000 SkyMiles flying Virgin Atlantic in Upper Class to London and Delta Business Class back home. A few caveats, finding a Virgin-Atlantic Upper Class flight from JFK was a fruitless endeavor. Economy class was readily available but there was nothing at all in Upper Class. The only way I could find a seat was changing my search to Newark…and taking a 7:45am flight on a Sunday! Also, the Newark Clubhouse doesn’t look quite as nice as the JFK Clubhouse, but I’m just excited that I got such tremendous value out of my SkyMiles. Total taxes on the itinerary were $289.17. You can view the seatmap but you’ll have to head over to Virgin to actually select your seats. The cool thing is clicking the embedded link on Delta.com directly brings up your itinerary on Virgin’s site without any confirmation number entry required.
SkyPesos have been really useful for me this year…with a lot of effort and flexibility . Flights booked to Madrid with two seats in BusinessElite during the prime summer season, two seats booked on partner Virgin Australia in Business to Sydney and Melbourne during Australia’s high-season (post coming soon), and utilizing the China Southern partnership to leverage A380 flights from LAX-CAN and onto select points in Southeast Asia. Of course, as the Virgin Australia and China Southern flights are partner flights they booked at LOW level award prices.
Have you had any luck booking Virgin-Atlantic Upper Class using your SkyMiles?