23 Jun Delta 757-200 First Class – Worth the Extra Miles?
I have my eyes set on a trip to Iceland and am currently perusing the inter-webs for the very best redemption options! While homebase is in Tampa and there is a non-stop TPA-KEF Icelandair flight on the horizon, I am open to other redemption options. Specifically, I am looking at a Delta itinerary via JFK on a 757-200 (75S). What makes this Delta flight so appealing to me is that it happens to be one of the few flights to Reykjavik, Iceland that features lie-flat seats.
What is so great about lie-flat seats on a red-eye flight?
EVERYTHING! What kind of question is that, man!?
But those sweet lil lie-flat seats come at a price – to the tune of 70k Skymiles – compared to just 30k Skymiles for an economy redemption!
Now, I know many of you aren’t high on Skymiles – and I get it! I have been hanging on to about 120k from the Delta Gold (50k) and Platinum Amex (70k) sign-up bonuses awhile back and have been not, not trying to redeem them (double negative inserted for dramatic effect)! That said, I am confident that there is an amazing first class redemption waiting for me out there somewhere.
The difference between 30k and 70k Skymiles isn’t much – 40k Skymiles to be exact – but I am not in the business of wasting my miles! So…
Is Delta 757-200 First Class worth the extra miles?
The only Delta 757-200 First Review I found was at the Points Guy on a transcontinental Seattle to New York flight. While the overall review was positive – citing the seat as only lie-flat option between the two cities – there were some obvious cons…
Con #1 – Relatively short red-eye flight
I am all for lie-flat seats on long red-eye flights. Just those few hours of sleep ensure I wake up relatively rested in my new destination and ready to seize the day! The flight is less than 6 hours (5 hours 41 minutes), and I don’t envision getting more than 2-3 hours of sleep, so is the lie-flat absolutely necessary?
Eh, probably not… right?
Con #2 – Delta First Ain’t Delta One
These seats show up as “First” rather than the upgraded Delta One product, meaning they are actually the old “BusinessElite” seats.
Delta One offers an upgraded hard product, Tumi amenity kits, and a delicious seasonal menu!
This redemption would not offer me any of that…
Con #3 – No Pizzazz!
Covered partially in my Con #2… but just in general this redemption lacks pizzazz! In my mind, First Class should be an experience, and this route on the 757-200 just doesn’t seem to offer that.
I finally get to make the trip to Iceland – trip that I have been dreaming about for quite some time! With a set destination and relatively set dates, the only thing left to do is book my flights, and my lodging arrangements, my daily excursions, my meals… OK so I still have a lot of planning yet to do!
For now though, I am focused on the red-eye flight over to the small island in the middle of the North Atlantic and need to determine whether this Delta 757-200 First Class redemption is worth the extra 40k Skymiles per person!
Have you ever redeemed miles for First Class on this route, or perhaps on another Delta 757-200 route? What was your experience like and do you think it is worth the extra Skymiles!?
Also, what do you recommend I see and do on my voyage to Iceland!?