Someone Please Explain Delta Airlines Carrier Imposed International Surcharges

A few months ago I teased about going on a trip to Turkey. I may have cleverly stated I would be spending Thanksgiving in Turkey, but the intent all along was to make it a trip for 2013.

The stars finally aligned a few weeks ago when my brother and my dad booked their flights to Istanbul for a week in April.

I did not book my flight on the same itinerary, because I was planning to pay for the flight using a redemption of 50,000 US Bank Flexperks Points that I had saved up, which seemed much better to me than paying cash.

They booked their flights on a Friday night and sent confirmation to me that evening for a flight just under $1,000. Unfortunately, I was not near a computer that night so I needed to book the next day.

As long as the flight remained under $1,000, I could redeem 50,000 Flexpoints to book the flight for 2 cents per mile – which is a great value for booking flights for 2 reasons:

  1. Redeeming at 2 cents per point is generally considered a good value for a flight
  2. Since the award is not booked through Delta, it is treated like revenue ticket in their system, so I will also earn MQM and flown miles on the 11,000+ mile flight. As a Platinum Medallion, that is 22,000 miles + 11,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM’s) for the trip, making the value of the points significantly higher than 2:1.

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