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Old Jan 16, 18, 11:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Pookynubbers View Post
... I was considering Korean and possible Singapore as a return (or outbound) it’s hard to beat the Alaska miles 55k in business - and since they can get me from any airport (closest is MCI) I’m trying to make the most of CX stopovers like HKG- SGN and then perhaps over to Thailand - not sure if I can do HKG-SGN-BKK— (Goa or Mumbai) all on one itinerary.

I think Korean is less than SQ for J for the return - and their available it’ll is great. Plus, we did want to swing into Seoul at some point.
But is their award availability?
Getting 3 business class awards on the same flight will be extremely hard to impossible. Be realistic in your expectations.
Most ffp's now do not allow stopovers on award flights. But Alaska AS does. However the AS award chart is somewhat limited in being very specific on routes/airlines

If a multi segment award check the rules/cost carefully. With some ffp’s it can be 2 or more awards or cost more ff miles/points than a direct flight. Some ffp’s have awards zones and some work on distance. If the award is on partner airline it may cost more miles/points than an award on the ffp airline.

With ffp's (saver/off peak) award availability may/may not be the same for all, including ff partners. In practise it does vary. Some airlines release more award space to members of their own FFP, particularly first class. Usually better/easier to get an awards on the airline of the ffp.

Some ffps/airlines/routes can have cash surcharges on award flight, in addition to real taxes.
Some carrier imposed surcharges can trigger additional real taxes when the flight changes from non-revenue to revenue.
Real taxes/regulatory fees are the same for all airlines on the same route/class.

These links give a guide of ff miles needed. These may not be up to date or accurate. Check the ffp's rules for awards. Use at your own risk. (These are not recommendations)
  1. -AwardAce: Compare Award Redemptions Across Airlines In Seconds --> Has surcharge indication.
  2. -Economical Excursionist's Tools to compare Frequent Flyer Mile Redemptions -->
  3. -AwardHacker: a tool we build to tell you how to travel with the least miles -->
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