YVR-HKG $487 on Delta and impact of 2015 revenue-based SkyMiles

There is a low $479 fare flying Air Canada from Seattle to Hong Kong via Vancouver for flights February through April 30, 2015. Delta Airlines has a similarly low fare flying Vancouver via Seattle to Hong Kong with fares as low as $483.

Delta and United move to revenue-based miles earning in 2015.


Seattle – Hong Kong is 6,500 miles one way. This would be a good earning flight for miles in a frequent flyer program based on miles flown.

Unfortunately, Delta moves to revenue-based Skymiles earning beginning January 1, 2015. Delta operated YVR-HKG flights are in booking codes V and X. These are labeled Deeply Discounted Economy fares and a general member earns 5 miles/$1.


So, instead of earning 13,000 Skymiles for this type of flight in 2014, a Delta SkyMiles general member earns 5 miles per dollar in airfare for flights in 2015.

$487 minus government imposed taxes is the rate miles are earned for this fare. Taxes are about 21% of the fare. $487 x .79 x 5 miles/$1 = 1,927 miles earned..

DL YVR-HKG price

The new 2015 Delta Skymiles miles earning rules mean this sub-$500 ticket flying 13,000+ miles earns fewer than 2,000 Skymiles for base members and around 4,000 Skymiles for top SkyMiles Diamond Medallion elite members.

Credit miles to Air France/KLM Flying Blue and you earn 25% miles for V and X class. That is still only 3,250 miles for a 13,000 mile trip from Seattle to Hong Kong, but 50% more miles than crediting to Skymiles.

Question for Delta Skymiles and Skyteam flyers: Which Skyteam partner offers the best miles earning opportunity in 2015 for Delta flights in V and X booking class? I checked Vietnam Airlines and it does not look like these booking codes earn any frequent flyer miles.

I have not been to Asia since 2006. The recent low fares to Hong Kong and Vietnam have me looking at Asia trip planning.

The Air Canada deal flying SEA-YVR-HKG offers better miles earning potential since United Mileage Plus earns miles in 2015 by distance flown for Star Alliance partners. Air Canada Seattle-Hong Kong $479 to $509 Jan-April 2015.

From Hong Kong, I like the Vietnam Airlines special December deals available for booking over the next five days.

More on those Vietnam Airlines deals in the next post.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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  1. Oops, I accidentally flipped YVR and SEA when I was calculating. The total should be 500 + 3235 + 3235 + 500 = 7470 miles

  2. Does it have to be sky team? 50 percent earnings on Alaska airlines, comes out to around 7k Alaska miles

  3. Saudi airline gives youall 100% miles on fare classes of delta economy. Can later redeem ALFURSAN MILES for one way or roundtrip on Delta. Hope this helps.

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