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Aeroflot flights are now bookable on delta.com with Delta SkyMiles. The Russian carrier flies from New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Miami to Moscow and throughout Russia and Europe.
This is the seventh SkyMiles partner that has been added to delta.com in 2015.
Award space is excellent on Aeroflot’s flights in economy to Moscow this summer, and award space is good in Business Class on the New York route. Aeroflot’s Business Class features flat beds. The only drawback is that there are mild fuel surcharges on Aeroflot award flights booked with Delta miles.
On delta.com, you can easily pull up a five week snapshot of award space on direct flights on any route in economy or Business Class.
This is July 2015 for two passengers in economy from New York (JFK) to Moscow (SVO.) There is award space every day on Aeroflot flights.
Note that dates that say 62,500 + $129 have award space on the Aeroflot flight. Dates that says 62,500 + $20 have award space on the Delta flight. That represents about $100 in fuel surcharges each direction on Aeroflot flights between the United States and Russia.
I like to avoid fuel surcharges as much as anyone, but I’d pay these if they were my only option for a direct flight to Russia. The out-of-pocket cost of $270 is less than the taxes on a roundtrip Business Class award to London (around $300.)
Award space from Miami, Washington, and Los Angeles is not as good as award space from New York. Los Angeles to Moscow only has three days in July with award space for one passenger in Business Class with Saver award space on Aeroflot.
Aeroflot’s Business Class product looks better than you might expect, but not quite world class. The longhaul flights that serve the United States have Business Class in rows of 2-2-2 seats. The seats are flat-ish, though they definitely look a little angled.
Here is a video of the Aeroflot 777 which flies to New York. The video features images of all the cabins.
Delta SkyMiles are getting easier to redeem as more partners are added to delta.com. The following airlines’ award space are now bookable on delta.com:
- Air France
- Alaska Airlines
- China Airlines
- China Eastern
- China Southern
- Garuda Indonesia
- Virgin Atlantic
- Virgin Australia
Not all Delta partners are bookable online though. Here are Delta partners you still cannot book on delta.com:
- Air Europa
- Czech Airlines
- Great Lakes Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Kenya Airways
- Middle East Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
- Xiamen Air
Meeting the minimum spending requirement on the Arrival Plus give you about $500 worth of free flights on any airline with no blackouts.