Come Holiday Season at the end of this year, this time around my travel plans weren’t made that far in advance as I normally would in the past for major holiday travels.
I was planning to book my flights with my kids to the US at the last minute thinking there are probably no award seats available anyway around this time.
To my surprise, while I was searching for 3 business class seats, there were 2 results showing availability flying Air China or Asiana Airlines.
I had flown in Asiana Business Class in the past (earlier this year) but not Air China, wasn’t sure if I wanted to experiment flying a new airline while flying with children, so I decided on Asiana since my last trip with them was quite pleasant, although the seats are not the best business class I’ve ever flown in.
Using United Miles for this redemption booking – I’ve managed to transfer miles and points from several sources:
- Marriott Rewards (50,000 Marriott Rewards converted to 26,000 United Miles – available in my United Mileage Account 24 hours after transfer)
- Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1 ratio, instantaneously)
I was hoping to fly ANA (via Narita) or Eva Air (via Taipei) but unfortunately there were no more award seats left.
For the redemption on Asiana Airlines Business Class – Jakarta to Los Angeles using United Miles, I was charged USD 36.66 + 80,000 United Miles per person.
In total I had paid USD 109.98 for 3 seats all the way through for the 23 hour flight + 240,000 miles.
Looking forward to December! Now I just need to figure out what flights I need to book to fly back!