Hi, I'm aware that this may belong in the Star Alliance forum, but wanted to see if any NZ were able to assist as well...
Ms testleper and I are thinking of going to Southeast Asia over the summer - looking to go to Burma (Rangon), Phnomh Penh, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and possibly Sri Lanka.
Most sensible option seems to be to fly to Bangkok as that is the regional hub, and then do return flights from there to various places. Air Asia has pretty cheap offerings on all of the routes, but unless the price disparity is vast I'd prefer to stay away from them and use Star Alliance carriers (in reality, Thai) to make use of the lounges.
I've been fiddling around with the Star Alliance Asia Pass on the website, which seems tricky to use. Wondering if any Flyertalkers from NZ have done something similar and used the Asia Pass before, if it does actually deliver cost savings etc. What are the mechanics of getting Air New Zealand to issue the flights? Does one just email the premium team with an itinerary and get them to give a quote?