Did you know that you can use your Delta miles directly on top international airlines like Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Alitalia, Korean, KLM and Garuda Indonesia? It’s true and you don’t even have to do any crazy transfers or tricks to get it done. Here are the best ways to use Delta Skymiles for maximum value…

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Virgin Atlantic Upper Class To London

Miles: 70,000 One Way

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class is an exquisite flying experience. Perhaps it’s the British charm, the on board bar or the fully flat bed, but it’s hard not to love it and at 70,000 miles one way from anywhere in the US to Europe, it’s a great way to cash in. You can fly in either direction, though you’ll do far better on taxes if you depart from the US, where taxes are only $5.60 one way.

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Last Minute Flights Within The US

Miles: 12,500 One Way

Last minute things happen. Unfortunately, they’re almost always ridiculously expensive. Using miles can be a saving grace versus overpaying for a last minute ticket. When you can find low level “saver” availability at just 12,500 miles one way, it’s hard to pass up the savings. Miles are personal and for many, this is a great way to use miles.

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China Airlines Business Class To Asia

Miles: 80,000 One Way

If you’re flying all the way to China, you’re going to want to do it in a bed. Thankfully, China Airlines features a stunning business class cabin with some of the longest and widest beds in the sky. That comes in handy on a twelve hour flight. Best of all? There are no surcharges added to these flights, bringing you as close to a “free” flight as possible.

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Virgin Australia Business Class To Australia

Miles: 80,000 One Way

There is no easy way to get to Australia. Scratch that, getting to Australia is very easy when you spend the time on a direct flight in a stunning brand new cabin, complete with on board bar and the latest in inflight entertainment. Virgin Australia business class just got a make over and it’s certainly enough to tempt me to make my way down under to the land of Oz.

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Air France Business Class To Tahiti

Miles: 80,000 One Way

On just about any travel bucket list you’ll find Tahiti. It’s certainly a lot easier to find it on a bucket list than on a map. Fortunately, Air France have the best connectivity to the gorgeous island and using your Delta miles to fly in style on Air France is a pretty great way to spend em’. Send a postcard!

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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