A couple of weeks back I posted that using Delta Skypesos to get to Australia on V Australia was easy. That isn’t quite true. It’s one of the best uses of Delta miles, to be sure, and the award space is much better in business class on V Australia than on Delta to be sure. But it isn’t the gimme that it seemed at first.
V Australia uses the booking class ‘Z’ for business reward space. Expertflyer ostensibly was displaying Z inventory, but it was phantom inventory that appeared to cause “4” to be shown as available seats regardless of actual inventory. The KVS Tool appears to suffer a similar issue displaying ‘Z’ inventory on V Australia.
Now, all hope is not lost. It does seem that Delta has access to the very same reward space that is displayed on V Australia’s own site to its members. So Delta folks should sign up for a Velocity Rewards account and do reward searches there to find available flights before ringing up Delta. Velocity Rewards will let you search award space immediately, and flip between dates quite easily, there’s no minimum mileage balance required by their site to find award space.
For US-Australia awards it does look like V Australia probably has as much award space as anyone. United has been really tough to come by of late, where once it was pretty easy. Delta is neigh impossible. And Qantas is notoriously stingy though I’ve grabbed a couple of first class seats in the past and of course they have the most flights.
Air New Zealand is an option and usually during high season I see them opening award space 60 days out. Air Canada is tough. Otherwise I wind up having to route via Asia, or Europe and Asia, and of course one can fly via Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui to Auckland or via Air Pacific and Fiji to Sydney. There’s also Hawaiian via Honolulu and the Continental Guam-Cairns flight though that hardly counts.
None of which helps with Delta Skymiles, which is why that V Australia option is so juicy — far better than scrounging a single seat on Korean via Seoul!