Reminder: You Can Now Book 1-Way Award Tickets on Delta!

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If you fly Delta, you might be happy today.  Because you can now book 1-way award tickets!  Until now, Delta only allowed round-trip awards, so this is a nice change!

There are other changes to their frequent flyer program which some folks might be displeased with.  For example, you can no longer have a free stopover on award tickets.

Reminder You Can Now Book 1 Way Award Tickets On Delta

Big Changes to the Delta Skymiles Program Starting Today

They’ve also changed how folks earn and redeem miles.  I like that their award search is much easier to use!

What’s Changed?

Link:   Delta NEW Award Chart 2015

Link:   Delta SkyMiles Changes

Until now, Delta only allowed round-trip award tickets.  So even if you only wanted to fly 1-way, you’d have to pay the round-trip price!

I checked 1-way flights from Austin to New York in February, and it’s working!  A 1-way, coach class domestic ticket works out to 12,500 miles and ~$6.

Reminder You Can Now Book 1 Way Award Tickets On Delta

The Delta Website Now Shows 1-Way Trips and Is Easier to Use

Delta also promised they’d have more available low level award seats.  They now have 5 award levels, with level 1 being the cheapest.  Until now, they’ve had 3 levels (saver, standard, and peak).

Reminder You Can Now Book 1 Way Award Tickets On Delta

New Award Levels Hopefully Mean More Award Seats!

I searched for 1-way tickets to Hawaii in March, and there were still a number of dates left at the lowest saver level (22,500 miles).  And lots of seats at level 2 (27,500 miles).

Reminder You Can Now Book 1 Way Award Tickets On Delta

There Are Still Plenty of Seats From the US Mainland to Hawaii at Lower Award Levels

Folks traveling from Europe on 1-way tickets will still pay fuel surcharges (because Delta always added fuel surcharges for flights originating in Europe).  But if you book a round-trip originating in the US, you won’t be charged.

Reminder You Can Now Book 1 Way Award Tickets On Delta

You’ll Still Pay Fuel Surcharges for Flights Originating In Europe, Even 1-Way Tickets

Let’s hope Delta continues to have more award seats available.  I’m looking forward to (finally) using some Delta miles on 1-way tickets!

Bottom Line

Delta made big changes to their frequent flyer program starting January 1, 2015.

Most folks will be happy that you can now book 1-way award tickets!  And so far, it looks like there are more award seats available with their new award chart.  But I’ve only checked a few destinations.

How do you feel about the new Delta SkyMiles program?

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