New to using Delta Sky Miles for Family Travel

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  1. porpdaddy

    porpdaddy New Member

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    I have Diamond Status and just under 600,000 Sky Miles. Any recommendations on the best way to arrange travel for 4 to Africa (maximizing points for travel + upgrades)?
     
  2. Wandering Aramean
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    Africa is a pretty big place. Anywhere in particular you want to visit? Are you trying to earn more points or efficiently redeem the ones you have? Where are you traveling from?
     
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    Traveling from Miami to Accra and home via Joburg. I am trying to use my points in the most efficient manner.
     
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    Unfortunately DL no longer permits free stopovers on award tickets. You'll need either three one way tickets or an open jaw ticket supplemented by a purchased ticked between Accra and Johanesburg.
     
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    Open jaw would probably work best. You can buy r/t tix on South African (the only non stops, afaik) in the $600 range. Kenya and Ethopian airlines you'll have connections, not non stop. Kenya is sky team, so you'd earn miles, South African and Ethopian are star alliance.

    You'll have to check, but in many cases it's cheaper to buy the r/t and toss then return than to buy one way. However, don't do that too often, the airlines don't like it. :)
     
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    Another question: are you looking to fly J? Sounds like maybe since you mentioned upgrades.

    But there are very different definitions of "best" depending on where getting there quickly, getting there in J, and getting there for as few miles as possible rank in your priorities.
     
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