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If you have a bank of Delta miles that you’ve been saving for a trip to Asia, you’ve got only until the end of the year to do it. China Southern is existing Skyteam as of the end of 2018, meaning that your ability to book flights to/through China using Delta Skymiles or Air France / KLM Flying Blue miles goes away then as well.

Their business class is widely thought to be far superior to that of China Eastern, which remains part of Star Alliance, and I was personally hoping I’d get to burn some Skymiles on China Southern, though the opportunity in my travel plans hasn’t come up.

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China Southern A380 Business Class
China Southern A380 Business Class

Make sure you book anything you plan to using Skyteam partner miles by Dec 31, 2018.

HT: Loyalty Lobby

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.


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