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Which is my best option for business/first flights to Asia?

Old Aug 1, 20, 4:03 pm
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Which is my best option for business/first flights to Asia?

What I have
-337,963 miles with United
-31000 miles with korean air
-TYP 120000
-AA 44450
-Chase UR 30000
-BA: 9000?
-AMEX: 39,505
-Singapore: 8000
-Marriott bonvoy 7900

I have a bunch of miles programs spread out in different places because I wasn't planning things meticulously.
I would've preferred to fly Korean first by transferring chase but that's no longer an option.

Due to the covid-19, it seems that availabilities and routes are really limited.

Any advices on how to best leverage these points to fly to korea in business/first?

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Old Aug 1, 20, 4:09 pm
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Originally Posted by dkjb3t4 View Post
What I have
-337,963 miles with United
-31000 miles with korean air
-TYP 120000
-AA 45000
-Chase UR 30000
-BA: 9000?
-Singapore: 8000
-Marriott bonvoy 7900

I have a bunch of miles programs spread out in different places because I wasn't planning things meticulously.
I would've preferred to fly Korean first by transferring chase but that's no longer an option.

Due to the covid-19, it seems that availabilities and routes are really limited.

Any advices on how to best leverage these points to fly to Korea in business/first?
What have you found when looking?
From where?
When? Covid-19 is still restricting travel and will do for many months (at best). Passport-residency can make a big difference
Many routes/aircraft/airlines now do not have first class.

Edit
OP's other thread---> Going to Korea from US - has anyone done it recently?
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Old Aug 1, 20, 4:13 pm
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Check expiration policies for your miles before doing anything. I know Singapore has a hard expiration (extended for COVID-19?) and I suspect Korean might have an expiration policy too, where you have a lot of miles to lose.
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Old Aug 1, 20, 4:17 pm
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Check expiration policies for your miles before doing anything. I know Singapore has a hard expiration (extended for COVID-19?) and I suspect Korean might have an expiration policy too, where you have a lot of miles to lose.
Very good point. Keeping ff miles/points/avios alive can be a challenge in these times
Link--> Miles/Points that Do and Don't Expire
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Old Aug 1, 20, 4:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
What have you found when looking?
From where?
When? Covid-19 is still restricting travel and will do for many months (at best). Passport-residency can make a big difference
Many routes/aircraft/airlines now do not have first class.

Edit
OP's other thread---> Going to Korea from US - has anyone done it recently?
When?
This month

Covid-19 is still restricting travel and will do for many months (at best). Passport-residency can make a big difference
I will be quarantined for 2 weeks

Many routes/aircraft/airlines now do not have first class.
Good point. I am willing to fly business and likely will have to.

I've found availabilities on UA, KE, Air Canada, some partner flights on Singapore, and AA.
But i'm not sure what'd be the best way to book from miles perspective.
The worst seems to be UA, because it requires 177k miles for one-way in business (...!)
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Old Aug 1, 20, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by dkjb3t4 View Post
When?
This month

Covid-19 is still restricting travel and will do for many months (at best). Passport-residency can make a big difference
I will be quarantined for 2 weeks

Many routes/aircraft/airlines now do not have first class.
Good point. I am willing to fly business and likely will have to.

I've found availabilities on UA, KE, Air Canada, some partner flights on Singapore, and AA.
But I'm not sure what'd be the best way to book from miles perspective.
The worst seems to be UA, because it requires 177k miles for one-way in business (...!)
For a trip this month book what you can. After considering all the restrictions for transit and entry.
Best value (ff miles) is now a minor consideration.

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/int...1580226297.htm
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Old Aug 1, 20, 4:55 pm
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Any advices on how to best leverage these points to fly to korea in business/first?
Yes - give up. Here is your problem:

Originally Posted by dkjb3t4 View Post
-337,963 miles with United
-31000 miles with korean air
-TYP 120000
-AA 44450
-Chase UR 30000
-BA: 9000?
-AMEX: 39,505
-Singapore: 8000
-Marriott bonvoy 7900
Except for UA, everything you have with airlines now is barely enough for one-way Y award. Even with credit cards, Citi is the only thing you have that can make a dent. But it is not a KE partner. Even transfer among programs may be available, you will end up losing more than what you can get.

You simply don't have enough.

Conclusion - either UA Polaris, or give up.
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Old Aug 1, 20, 5:11 pm
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Originally Posted by dkjb3t4 View Post
What I have
-337,963 miles with United
-31000 miles with korean air
-TYP 120000
-AA 44450
-Chase UR 30000
-BA: 9000?
-AMEX: 39,505
-Singapore: 8000
-Marriott bonvoy 7900
Credit card transfer linkshttps://www.awardhacker.com/#f=lax&t...=0&c=j&s=1&p=1
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Old Aug 2, 20, 4:55 pm
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Call AA and UA. Not all partners will be shown online. I'd try my best to use UA. I see EWR-TYO or HKG, etc. for 88/99k and you can likely do better.
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Old Aug 2, 20, 5:37 pm
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Call AA and UA.
OP does not have enough in AA. And AA does not accept transfer even from Citi.

Originally Posted by erik123 View Post
I see EWR-TYO or HKG, etc. for 88/99k and you can likely do better.
OP wants to go to ICN per another thread. And OP is highly likely a Do Not Admit for HKG.
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Old Aug 2, 20, 5:49 pm
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OP does not have enough in AA. And AA does not accept transfer even from Citi.



OP wants to go to ICN per another thread. And OP is highly likely a Do Not Admit for HKG.
Indeed.
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Old Aug 3, 20, 11:08 am
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TYO/HKG can be connection points which should be allowed. I do see option to ICN also for under 100k. I also suggest checking GMP (e.g. via Japan). Again - check options online but also call.
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Old Aug 3, 20, 2:35 pm
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I do see option to ICN also for under 100k.
Can you elaborate on this? J award RT for under 100k?
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Old Aug 3, 20, 5:22 pm
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Can you elaborate on this? J award RT for under 100k?
OP mentions UA 177k for a one-way.
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Old Aug 3, 20, 5:51 pm
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OP mentions UA 177k for a one-way.
............I really have nothing to say.............
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