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Help a Newbie book a Honeymoon to Bali with UR points

Help a Newbie book a Honeymoon to Bali with UR points

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Old Feb 11, 19, 9:42 am
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Help a Newbie book a Honeymoon to Bali with UR points

Planning a honeymoon trip in late September to Bali. Looking for advice on how to maximize using credit card points (Chase Reserve).

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Old Feb 11, 19, 11:15 am
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Old Feb 11, 19, 11:28 am
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Old Feb 11, 19, 11:38 am
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Planning a honeymoon trip in late September to Bali. Looking for advice on how to maximize using credit card points (Chase Reserve).
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From where?
What ff miles do you have?

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Old Feb 11, 19, 2:55 pm
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Will leaving from STL. I have no preference on airline but would if possible get business/first, though not likely.
The ideal trip would be STL ->DPS returning DPS->CLT->STL. Would like to stop in CLT for a wedding when returning without having to go DPS>STL>CLT>STL. (Complicated I know)
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:27 pm
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Will leaving from STL. I have no preference on airline but would if possible get business/first, though not likely.
The ideal trip would be STL ->DSP returning DSP->CLT->STL. Would like to stop in CLT for a wedding when returning without having to go DSP>STL>CLT>STL. (Complicated I know)
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DSP? which airport is that?

Bali Denapaser is DPS
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:48 pm
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Yes, DPS - Bali
Excuse the typo.
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Old Feb 12, 19, 4:47 pm
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So I can't really give you a whole heap of advice about spending your miles going to Bali from STL. If you want a really once only experience I can recommend travelling an Asian carrier to Bali (or middle eastern). My preference (I would say I am biased) would be to try to fly Singapore Airlines First or Suites class. The service on SQ is generally top notch, and while it's been complained about being a bit robotic, I'm ok with that
What this would likely mean is that you take a flight to LA/SF and then take the one stopper to Singapore (via Korea or Japan if memory serves me correctly) and then on to Bali.
This would also be an opportunity for you to stop off in Singapore to try our "Disney with the death penalty"
In terms of getting there with regards to points, my suggestion is to book your short haul to LA/SF using cash and also pre-book your hotels. You can then use the points you earn on those on your flights.
However, bear in mind that redemption on SQ first/suites is very difficult.
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What might be helpful is if you see what airlines fly directly into DPS and from what cities. Wikipedia is usually a good resource for this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngurah...tional_Airport

Then, you can see if it's a simple flight from a major gateway (SIN, HKG, NRT/HND, ICN, TPE, etc). Hopefully you can get to one of those with no more than one stop at a US gateway city (LAX, SFO, SEA, etc). At best, from STL, it's likely a 2-stop trip. The overwater segment is the key. Your domestic US trip is relatively short. Depending on whether you connect in North/East Asia or Southeast Asia, that segment can vary in length. For me, the driver is usually getting the longest leg of the journey on miles/points and filling in the connector flight. If the connector flight isn't available in premium class, I'm usually OK with a mixed cabin award. Or, just buying a cheap one-way flight, if such things are available.
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Welcome to FlyerTalk, wiggums2106! I am moving your question and several responses to the Chase | Ultimate Rewards forum for more advice. Please continue discussion there.

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Old Feb 13, 19, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by OskiBear View Post
What might be helpful is if you see what airlines fly directly into DPS and from what cities. Wikipedia is usually a good resource for this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngurah...tional_Airport

Then, you can see if it's a simple flight from a major gateway (SIN, HKG, NRT/HND, ICN, TPE, etc). Hopefully you can get to one of those with no more than one stop at a US gateway city (LAX, SFO, SEA, etc). At best, from STL, it's likely a 2-stop trip. The overwater segment is the key. Your domestic US trip is relatively short. Depending on whether you connect in North/East Asia or Southeast Asia, that segment can vary in length. For me, the driver is usually getting the longest leg of the journey on miles/points and filling in the connector flight. If the connector flight isn't available in premium class, I'm usually OK with a mixed cabin award. Or, just buying a cheap one-way flight, if such things are available.
Good advice.
Last year we flew ORD ICN DPS by Lorean Air (delta miles). LAte arrival in DPS.
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Old Feb 14, 19, 7:21 am
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Thank you both for advice and information.
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Old Feb 14, 19, 8:31 am
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Welcome to FT, @Wigums2106

Our web site is quite detailed, and you can dig through the destination forum for information on Bali, as well as garner tips here in the Chase forum for booking tickets using Ultimate Reward points.
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Old Feb 14, 19, 9:50 am
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It would be helpful to know how many points you have so that the advice can be realistic.
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I recommend starting with the Award Maximizer:

https://www.travelcodex.com/award-maximizer/

That will help you see which points programs can help you reach your goal. Take the other advice you've received about using points for the long haul segments and pay cash for the positioning flights. That will stretch your points and still give you flexibility in your outbound and inbound airports for the long haul segment.

I'm curious if the AA and UA point totally are really so small, or those should be in thousands.
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