Delta has made Aeromexico award space bookable now on Delta.com as well. Previously you needed to call Delta reservations and have them to search for the award space. Whenever possible, I try to make my travel bookings online without having to pick up the phone, although this is not always possible, if the routing is complicated.
Quite frankly, I was really surprised that Delta.com was able to price the itinerary above correctly. It includes an open jaw Sao Paulo to Santiago and a stopover in Mexico City on the way back. This all for 100K SkyMiles and about $160 in actual taxes.
Here’s how I did and you can do it too.
Sign up for Air France-KLM Flying Blue account. You can do it online and have instant access to award search tool. The Flying Blue award search engine shows a month at a time. It is easy to find the dates when there is availability.
Los Angeles to Mexico City
Availability almost every day.
Mexico City to Sao Paulo
Business class available in only four days during 30 day period.
Santiago to Mexico City
Business class widely available
Mexico City to Los Angeles
After I chose the dates that has availability both ways, I just inputted the airport codes and dates to the multi-city form and requested the availability by schedule and chose direct flights only.
Then I just chose one of the presented flights for each of the legs.
The online was able to price this correctly at 100K SkyMiles level. First, I mistakenly chose flights that made the first transfer in Los Angeles a stopover. The engine priced the whole trip then at 160K mile level. After choosing and timing the connections to be less than 24 hours, the website was able to price it at 100K level, and I was able to put it on hold for a week.
The seat selection functions works for Alaska flights, but shows all Aeromexico flights unavailable for online seat selection. Delta might be able to request the seats over the phone, but the safest way is to call Aeromexico that can do it for sure.
The good thing about Delta’s engine is that it can show the actual tax breakdown, but is unable to show the award fare rules.
On an itinerary like this you can always drop the last segment LAX-YVR. The leg needs to be there in order for the trip to price at 100K level.