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A Friendly Reminder: You Can Book 1-Way Tickets on Delta Using Flying Blue Miles (With No Fuel Surcharge) — to Europe, too!

One of the frustrations people have with Delta Skymiles (other than the fact that they are impossible to redeem) is that you can only book roundtrip tickets with them.

However, that does not mean there is no way to book a 1-way ticket on Delta using miles. Au contraire, mon frere.

If you use Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles, you can book a domestic 1-way ticket on Delta, with no ridiculous fuel surcharges. (CLARIFICATION: You can also book 1-way tickets on Delta for TransAtlantic travel using Flying Blue without fuel surcharges as well, as long as the entire itinerary is on Delta metal. Good luck finding a seat, but if they’re available, a coach 1-way TransAtlantic is 25,000 Flying Blue miles + $2.50. Pretty fantastic, considering that’s just 20,000 Starwood points.)

Below I walk through how I recently priced out an award ticket from LaGuardia to Detroit — the final price came to 12,500 Flying Blue miles plus $2.50. If low level awards are available on Delta.com, they’re also available on Flying Blue.

You can transfer Membership Rewards points into Flying Blue, or you can transfer Starwood points into the program (with the usual 5,000 mile bonus for transferring 20,000 miles). It’s a nice workaround for the Delta one-way restriction.

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  1. Flying Blue adds fuel surcharges to awards when a fuel surcharge applies on paid tickets for the given city pair. Since there are no fuel surcharges for domestic US travel, no fuel surcharges for a US domestic award. It’s not that there are no fuel surcharges ON DELTA per se, a transatlantic one-way will of course incur fuel surcharges.

    • Au contraire, mon frere :)

      One way transatlantic travel ON DELTA METAL does not have a fuel surcharge. I’m looking on Air France’s website right now at a one way ticket Oct 30th ATL-CDG (via JFK) and it’s 25,000 miles + $21.70.

      Flights on AF and KL are $275 in surcharges. Of course, there was exactly 1 day in October with DL metal available, but nonetheless, there it is.

  2. Wow, I do not think it is supposed to work that way. Have you tested it the other way (ex-Europe)?

  3. Interesting. My wife and I are FlyingBlue plats thanks to a status match offer from last year. I don’t fly DL much, but because FlyingBlue plats are eligible for upgrades (lowest status, but it does work sometimes), I do credit my DL flights to FlyingBlue. I really didn’t know what I’d do with these nomimal FlyingBlue miles, but it does seem like using them for one-way flights on DL (surcharge free) would be a good idea. The problem, of course, will be finding award seats.

  4. AWESOME! You made my day. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get my husband from Kansas City to Minneapolis for a family wedding (one way only). Revenue ticket was $383; 25K for a one way ticket seems crazy.

    Low level tickets are available, so now I’ve set up a flying blue account and hope that AMEX is quick at linking them. It said it could take up to 2 weeks, but I might call tomorrow to try to expedite.

    THANK YOU!!!

  5. Jared,

    Success! You just saved me $381!

    I signed up for a Flying Blue account (5000 point bonus!). When I linked the accounts, the AMEX web site said linking could take up to 2 weeks. The wedding is in 3 weeks so that doesn’t work.

    I called Amex membership rewards and asked if they could expedite. The helpful rep said he wasn’t sure he could make it immediate, but he was sure he could cut some time off the two weeks. he linked them over the phone and it was immediate. Then he transferred 13000 points for me which was also immediate.

    I booked the flight for $2.50 in fees plus 12500 Air France points (transferred from Amex MR) which I’d earned as signup bonuses.

    This is a great hobby :)

    Anita

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