I’m going to give it to you straight…booking Delta One Suites through Virgin Atlantic is the best price you’re going to find!
While Delta charges 200,000 SkyMiles (at least today they do) for a one-way business class ticket, you can book the exact same seat for just 60,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles (or less with an Amex transfer bonus).
BOOKING THROUGH VIRGIN
If you’re not familiar with how to book Delta flights through Virgin Atlantic, READ THIS POST.
In the recent past, finding award availability and booking through Virgin has been a chore, particularly, if you wanted to fly Delta One to Seoul-Incheon (ICN) because Virgin Atlantic’s website didn’t even list ICN as an option. This meant you had to call Virgin to find availability and although the Virgin call enter is (arguably) one of the best out there, it was still inconvenient.
Anyway, Seoul-Incheon (ICN) can now be found on Virgin Atlantics website which means you can now search for availability and book Delta One flights to Seoul directly at VirginAtlantic.com.
DELTA ONE SUITE ROUTES TO SEOUL (ICN)
So let’s talk about the Delta One Suites…at the moment, they can be found aboard the Airbus A350, Airbus A330-900neo, and some Boeing 777-200s and Boeing 767-400ER aircraft. However, there are only four routes that operate with Delta One Suites to Seoul (ICN):
|Atlanta (ATL)||Seoul (ICN)||26 & 27||A350|
|Detroit (DTW)||Seoul (ICN)||158 & 159||A350|
Saint Paul (MSP)
|Seoul (ICN)||170 & 171||A350|
|Seattle (SEA)||Seoul (ICN)||198 & 199||A330-900neo|
And I am seeing some fantastic award availability across the board!
AVAILABILITY BY CITY
Let’s take a look at the award availability from each city individually:
Atlanta – Seoul
Best Availability: Mid-April to Mid-May
Note: This flight clocks in at nearly 15 hours and has been (borderline) impossible to book with Virgin miles so this is definitely a steal!
Detroit – Seoul
Best Availability: Mid-April to Mid-May but not quite as much availability as the other cities.
Minneapolis/St.Paul – Seoul
Best Availability: Mid-April to Mid-May
Seattle – Seoul
Best Availability: Mid-April to Mid-May & most of July
For contrast, Delta is charging at the minimum 240,000 SkyMiles one-way from Atlanta:
How To Get Virgin Atlantic Miles
In order for you to get in on this great deal you some Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles and they are extremely easy to get because the airline is a transfer partner of: Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Marriott, and Citi ThankYou points.
|Chase Sapphire Preferred Card – This is my favorite beginners travel rewards card which has a welcome bonus of 60,000 points (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Annual Fee: $95|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve Card – The current welcome bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You’ll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $550 annual fee.|
|Ink Business Preferred Credit Card – This card has a whopping 80,000 point welcome bonus after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. Annual Fee: $95|
This is my #1 recommendation for a business card, the benefits are phenomenal, and I consider this to be the best welcome bonus available on any card at the moment.
I understand that a trip to Asia in April (or May) may be uncomfortable for many travelers, as the toll of the coronavirus continues to unfold everyday.
While many airlines have cutback and/or canceled flight to China, I doesn’t appear to have spread to many of the surrounding regions. However, as always, follow your own intuition.
In any case, this is a great development to bookmark for the near future if you’re seeking a way to travel to Asia.
Does anyone plan on booking the Delta One Suites to Seoul? If so, what route?
PRO-TIP(s): According to our friends at Frequent Miler, you can cancel any award that has $50 or less in taxes and fees FOR FREE and get your miles back. The taxes and fees for a round-trip ticket to Seoul = ~$45!
Additionally, if you’re searching for award availability on the Virgin Atlantic site, it may not pull up Seoul when you type “ICN” into your search. However, just click “Full airport list -> Rest of World -> South Korea – > Seoul-Incheon” to force it to pull up ICN.