Great news for those who hold/earn a lot of Delta
SkyMiles SkyPesos on the East Coast. China Southern (CZ), a SkyTeam member, will start new service between their hub Guangzhou and New York JFK.
Nonstop service between Guangzhou – New York JFK will start August 6, 2014. The route will be flown by China Southern’s new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Currently, the only China Southern service to the US is to Los Angeles, serviced by their Airbus A380.
The schedule has just recently been loaded, per airlineroute.net:
CZ399 CAN0140 – 0545JFK 77W x246
CZ300 JFK1115 – 1515+1CAN 77W x246
Why This New Route is Great News
This isn’t a breaking story, but more routes with more availability is always a good thing. For us East Coasters, especially, it means one less connection on our way to Asia or Australia.
A popular routing that many SkyMiles Medallion members redeem for is LAX-CAN-SYD. Presumably, we can now route JFK-CAN-SYD.
Any time there is more availability to Australia, it’s a great thing. SkyTeam remains the best alliance in which to earn miles if you want to redeem for Australia.
Redeeming SkyMiles for JFK-CAN
I did a few award searches on Expert Flyer, a paid service, and there is good availability from the start of service through the end of schedule. On most days, there are 2 award seats in both Business and Economy.
Note, you can’t use SkyMiles to redeem for 3-cabin First Class 🙁
Round trip travel from the US & Canada to Southwest Pacific in Business Class is 160K SkyMiles.
As you can see, there is great award space between JFK-CAN and amazing space between CAN-SYD on the A380.
I did have trouble finding return availability from Sydney, however. I’ll update this post after more investigation.
Unfortunately, redeeming on China Southern does include fuel surcharges. I’ve paid around $400 in fuel surcharges in the past.
I’ve yet to call in to request these flights to see if Expert Flyer award availability matches what the Delta agents see, but I’m fairly confident it will match. I’ve booked a few China Southern awards recently and Expert Flyer has been right.
Now if only Delta.com would let us book these online…