Best Air Partner to earn miles for Delta flights?

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  1. cheryld
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    Hi, Here is the background. Daughter is flying Delta (booked by her school) from STL to HKG via Detroit(yes I agree - strange). Our home airport is ORD - they couldn't fly through here!!! Anyway, while I have her accumulating miles on AA and UA programs - these Delta miles would be orphans. So I was looking at options for which Delta partner airline might be best for her to earn miles for these flights. Since it will be a total of about 16,000 miles, the only one that looked possible for future use would be Hawaiian Airlines for some inter-island flights. Although, keeping these miles live until we use them might be a bit tough.
    Would appreciate any advice. Thank you!
     
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    Alaska Airlines comes to mind immediately. You can also earn Alaska miles on AA, which would let her top up the account before redeeming an award.
     
  3. MSPeconomist
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    I also thought Alaska immediatley.

    However, it's not strange to travel to HKG through DTW, which is an international gateway for DL and well positioned for routes to Asia. DL runs a daily nonstop DTW-HKG and vv at convenient times using their wonderful new 777-LR aircraft. Moreover, these flights frequently are not full, so booking a school group this way could be a good deal.
     
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    Also make sure the ticket earns full mileage. I don't know if DL maintains this practice, but a few years ago NW was selling special fares for students which only earned 500 miles per segment, even on transpacs. These were still amazing deals -- e.g. $500 one-way RDU-NRT in mid-summer -- but the miles might as well be thrown away.
     
  5. You don't need to keep them alive, DL Sky Miles don't expire now.
     
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    Yeah, if the ticket doesn't use a published fare, then there could even be no miles at all earned.
     
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    Hi, Thanks for all the replies! The ticket is class L and was $1400 r/t - so I would l expect to earn miles. Great to hear the 777-LR is a nice plane - I will pass that along to her. So if she earns Alaska miles - then she has to put her Alaska info for future AA flights until she earns enough for a free ticket? Not sure she would fly enough to keep those alive at this point. How easy is it to redeem Delta miles on Hawaiian flights?

    Thanks again!
     
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    Since L is considered a deep-discount fare, but sure that you get 100% in whatever program you decide to use. DL of course would give 100% credit, but other programs might not, so you need to check the rules in advance.
     
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