I get asked a lot how to use Delta SkyMiles to purchase a Virgin Australia flight to Australia. I figure’d I’d write a 5-step post on how to get this done.
You should have at least 160k miles available, for a round-trip Business Class ticket.
1. Call Delta.
2. Ask the agent to book on Virgin Australia, flying business class, booking into “Z” class. Give your initial set of dates, but keep in mind that the more flexible you are, the better the availability. (Virgin Australia has LAX-BNE and LAX-MEL flights, in addition to LAX-SYD). Note that LAX-BNE and LAX-MEL don’t run every day of the week, though Virgin Australia is quite generous in availability most days.
3. Allow the agent to put you on hold as she/he looks up the instructions on how to make Virgin Australia bookings. Most Delta agents are not well-versed in this, and it can take some time to find space.
4. Be cautious as sometimes the agent will mistakenly book coach availability, thinking it is business class. Make sure you are booking a 160,000 SkyMile round-trip Business Class ticket. Make sure to say “price as booked,” so it doesn’t revert to a coach pricing.
5. Once you find a suitable itinerary, you’ll pay for taxes and fees, around $280 with your credit card.
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