Online Travel Review and Gary note that Air France Flying Blue miles can be used for one-way awards on Delta without fuel surcharges (at half the price of a roundtrip), at least when not originating in Europe. This is pretty exciting news since Delta doesn’t give a discount for one-way awards when booking through SkyMiles, so you still end up paying the roundtrip price.
Yet, amazingly enough, that’s not the case with Air France Flying Blue. Keep in mind Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest transfer partner, so this opens up a lot of new opportunities.
Once you have a Flying Blue log-in, just access your account and click on “Award Tickets.” To keep it simple let’s search award space from New York to London, a route on which Delta typically releases a good amount of award space.
Once you click “search” you’ll be brought to an availability calendar.
While most dates list the mileage cost as being 50,000 miles one-way, you’ll notice some dates list a cash component of $19.20, while others list $427.03. It’s safe to assume that those dates that list $19.20 have Delta award space (since there are no fuel surcharges), while those dates that list $437.03 don’t (given the high fuel surcharges).
If you select April 9, for example, you’ll be brought to the results page, which displays three Delta flights with saver award space available:
As I noted above, however, Air France does levy fuel surcharges for one-way Delta awards originating in Europe:
It’s also interesting to note that in some cases booking through Flying Blue is cheaper than booking through Delta SkyMiles. For example, a roundtrip business class award ticket between New York and Tel Aviv would run you 120,000 Delta SkyMiles at the saver level, while it would only run you 100,000 Flying Blue miles (or 50,000 one-way).
Knowing this, I can actually see myself redeeming miles on Delta more often…