Delta's website isn't known for having great technology, and this situation almost cost me thousands of dollars.
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There are a bunch of great Canadian fares roaming around, but the following catch my attention:
– Vancouver YVR – Shanghai PVG $488 on Delta
One of my part-time jobs is as an award booker. I was recently working on a file using Delta Skymiles, and was facing a number of oddities on the Delta.com website. For example, there was a Virgin Atlantic flight that I wanted. It wasn’t appearing on a normal Delta search, nor was it showing as available to the Delta phone agents. However, if I put my browser into incognito mode, logged out of my Skymiles account, and searched initially using the “flexible” search option, that flight showed up, and showed up as bookable (and booked!)
There’s an excellent fare between Toronto or Ottawa to Shanghai throughout 2015 for $668CAD on Delta Airlines. For those interested in mile running, the CAD CPM is 4.5, and the USD CPM is 4.0.
Although these aren't stunning fares, Ottawans will know how expensive flights to Asia are from Ottawa, and anything under the $900 mark is pretty good (darn Torontonians and their major international airport!!).
Right now, you can fly between Ottawa YOW and Singapore SIN; Ho Chi Minh City SGN; Bangkok BKK; Hong Kong HKG and Shanghai PVG for between $670-$740 round-trip, taxes included.
Starting January 1, 2014, you can earn Skymiles by flying Westjet. If the ticket is sold by Westjet, you can still credit the miles to Skymiles - the flight doesn't have to be ticketed by Delta (006 ticket stock) to be eligible for mile accrual. However, no matter how your Westjet flight is ticketed, you will not be eligible for either Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM), or for our friends down South, Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD). You will also not get a Medallion tier bonus for those miles.