My recent award booking using Delta Miles – 120,000 miles award in business class to India over Christmas-New Year

So, I recently used 120,000 Delta miles for my cousin’s trip to India. This is a business class booking all the way! Astonishingly, the award is for departure in the week before Christmas and return the week after New Years.

The flights were bookedusing Delta Skymiles on SkyTeam partner Air France from Toronto (YYZ) to Bombay (BOM) via Paris (CDG). The lowest economy ticket was pricing on any Airline was a little over $2,000 at that time and the lowest economy ticket on the same Air France flights, same route, same date was $3,200+. And whats more, we transferred her father, i.e., my Uncle’s Membership Rewards points to his account during the 50% transfer bonus which means, the tickets cost them 80,000 Membership Rewards points plus ~$200 in taxes in fees.

My uncle and cousin were totally unfamiliar that this could be done and were pleasantly surprised when I pulled it off. He would have normally converted his points to cash at 1 cent per point or less. Thus, this ticket effectively cost them $1,000. Whats more, my cousin is flying Business Class all the way. Plus I also got her an additional one-way from Toronto (YYZ) to Los Angeles (LAX) via Atlanta (ATL) next summer to visit a relative, again in Business/First class on Delta. This ticket alone would have cost them $1,000+ in First Class or $350+ in coach.

Isn’t this an awesome way to maximize the value of their points?

I have many such success stories of maximizing the value of airline miles, hotel points and proprietary rewards points that I am going to share. I recommend everyone to learn to earn cheaply and then use those earned rewards effectively while opti-maxi-mizing their value…


About AwardGuru

I call myself an avid reward program follower. I have been following the world of loyalty programs closely for the last 10 years. In other words, as my friends and family like to address me, a “Guru” in the world of rewards, awards, points, miles and everything in between. Over the years, my exploits in this world of affinity programs, my interactions with other enthusiasts in this field, professionals and the industry experts as well as my own experience dealing with different programs, I have gathered my own knowledge base. Obviously, I try to maximize the benefits from flights, travel, hotels, car rentals, dining, shopping, credit cards, finance… anything and everything that earns points and miles and then further maximize the value of these accumulated points and miles.
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