With Australia’s peak travel season slowly winding down, Delta has a bonus offer for SkyMiles members. SkyMiles members can earn double base miles when they fly with Delta or Virgin Australia from Los Angeles to Australia (either Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne) through May 31, 2017.
In order to be eligible for the offer you need to first register, and then book and fly. Unfortunately that means that previously booked tickets are disqualified from this offer. Furthermore, the flight needs to be marketed by Delta, though can be operated by either Delta or Virgin Australia.
Given that Delta has a revenue based frequent flyer program, the bonus comes in the form of five bonus miles per dollar spent on base airfare. That means a base member would earn 10 miles per dollar spent, while a Diamond member would earn 16 miles per dollar spent. Furthermore, you only earn the five bonus miles per dollar spent for the portion of the airfare between Los Angeles and Australia, and not for any connecting flights.
I value SkyMiles at ~1.3 cents each, so to me this is like an incremental return of ~6.5% on pre-tax airfare to Australia. That’s certainly not a reason to choose one airline over another, though if you happen to be headed to Australia on Delta anyway, there’s no reason not to take advantage of this offer, especially since there are no fare restrictions.
American is also offering bonus miles for travel between the U.S. and South Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) between February 1 and May 31, 2017. While American also has a revenue based frequent flyer program, their promotion comes in the form of a fixed mileage bonus depending on the type of fare you book, as follows:
Neither of these promotions is a reason to choose one airline over another, though if you happen to be flying between the U.S. and South Pacific anyway, you should definitely register and not leave any miles on the table.