Delta to South America (via US) for under $1200 return

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There are quite cheap flights on Delta to various South American cities for next year, via the US. The outbound international flight must be between February 4 and March 27 or May 1 to June 19.

The rules listed on ITA Matrix say it's valid for DL flights and DL codeshares on VA. SYD-LAX-JFK-BOG-ATL-LAX-SYD is currently $1154 for a random date I picked. I can see ones for MEL to LIM, SYD to GRU for $1236 and more combinations. They show up on delta.com if you search there.


EDIT: You can do open jaws but not double open-jaws, SYD-LAX-JFK-BOG LIM-ATL-LAX-SYD for $AUD1048.54 :)
 

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There are quite cheap flights on Delta to various South American cities for next year, via the US. The outbound international flight must be between February 4 and March 27 or May 1 to June 19.

The rules listed on ITA Matrix say it's valid for DL flights and DL codeshares on VA. SYD-LAX-JFK-BOG-ATL-LAX-SYD is currently $1154 for a random date I picked. I can see ones for MEL to LIM, SYD to GRU for $1236 and more combinations. They show up on delta.com if you search there.


EDIT: You can do open jaws but not double open-jaws, SYD-LAX-JFK-BOG LIM-ATL-LAX-SYD for $AUD1048.54 :)

Wow - that's a fantastic price for Sth America! It's almost SC run territory. Whats the fare code?
 

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The ones I saw were X, T or a mix of the two. I've never flown Delta or any SkyTeam carriers before so aren't sure what status/miles earning is like, but the open-jaw I added in the edit works out to 3.1c(AUD) per mile flown.

Unfortunately I can't go over there around those times.
 

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That's awesome. Annoying that I don't have the time available to be able to go.
 

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Hmmm, pity they aren't with a *A carrier that could earn some decent miles in A3, if you ever happen to come across some of those it would be good doctau... :)

But still... These are half decent, problem is that by the time you add on Perth you will no doubt be getting up around the $1600+ area and its not that much more to do it in J on a USDM award...
 

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Even if it's *A, Y fare would not yield many tier points.

Hmmm, pity they aren't with a *A carrier that could earn some decent miles in A3, if you ever happen to come across some of those it would be good doctau... :)

But still... These are half decent, problem is that by the time you add on Perth you will no doubt be getting up around the $1600+ area and its not that much more to do it in J on a USDM award...
 

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But still... These are half decent, problem is that by the time you add on Perth you will no doubt be getting up around the $1600+ area and its not that much more to do it in J on a USDM award...
Not that much more?

Wouldn't it be closer to AUD3,000 including taxes and surcharges?
 

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Not that much more?

Wouldn't it be closer to AUD3,000 including taxes and surcharges?

If you had miles that you shared and got at about 1 cent so about US$1165 or so for 100k, I think I worked out that with the miles plus about $250-300 you pay in taxes and booking fees a J class trip to the US was about A$1700-1800 and that is 110,000 miles, South America is about 120,000 miles in J isn't it??? Anyway no I think it would be closer to about $2000 rather than $3000....
 

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If you had miles that you shared and got at about 1 cent so about US$1165 or so for 100k, I think I worked out that with the miles plus about $250-300 you pay in taxes and booking fees a J class trip to the US was about A$1700-1800 and that is 110,000 miles, South America is about 120,000 miles in J isn't it??? Anyway no I think it would be closer to about $2000 rather than $3000....
OK. I must be thinking of a different US Airways.

I noticed someone said AUD2,000+ for 100,000 miles during latest promotion. When I bought 100,000 miles a few years ago at parity it was ~AUD1,800.

That made a trip to Thailand in business~AUD1,700 and you are now saying that same trip is now cheaper at ~AUD1,000-AUD1,200 in business?
 

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There are USDM buy promos and there were share promos, the share promos at little more than a cent per mile were the cheapest and about as cheap as you could buy any miles out there.... The latest share promo i think went from about 1 cent per mile up to 1.5 cents i think so the good old days are probably gone, but if you shared a bunch before this and still have them left over they are pretty good value compared to Y flights...
 

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I just noticed the fare rules allow a single free stopover in LAX ($135 for others). You could also view this as a very indirect $1054 flight to Los Angeles with a free stopover in Bogota :)
 
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