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Over the weekend while we were ‘hard at work’ playing at the splash pad and trying to simultaneously keep the kids both properly entertained and rested, Delta was hard at work giving some frequently flyers mild heart attacks when they suddenly added hundreds of dollars in massive fuel surcharges to business class awards on Virgin Atlantic. This was already the case on awards originating in Europe, but hadn’t been the case for those originating here in the US of A. It certainly would be far from the first SkyMiles no-notice change, but it still seemed a little odd on the heels of them recently raising the price of partner awards.
Whatever caused the increase of hundreds of dollars in fees for premium cabin round trip on Virgin Atlantic, it has since gone away…at least for now.
You can once again book a one-way saver award using 85,000 Delta SkyMiles + just $5.60 in taxes to fly to Europe on Virgin Atlantic. There are more taxes than that coming home, but that is simply because of massive the APD departure fees in premium cabins in the UK, assuming you are booking a round trip. If you are just booking a one-way from Europe on Virgin Atlantic using Delta miles you will have fuel surcharges to pay as well, so I recommend booking either a round trip, or just the US – Europe segment via SkyMiles.
Now as to whether it was a mistake to start charging fuel surcharges on these flights, or simply a mistake on timing, I have no idea. However, if you see something you like on Virgin Atlantic using Delta SkyMiles now, it wouldn’t hurt to book sooner rather than later. Let’s hope this was truly just a mistake, and not a glimpse into the future.
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