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Routing Advice BKK to/from USA for UA flyers

Old Jun 12, 16, 5:49 pm
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Routing Advice BKK to/from USA for UA flyers

Was thinking of using award miles to book from BKK -> SFO. Any advice as to what carriers / routing I should take?

I've tried BKK -> ICN (Thai Business) and ICN -> SFO (United GF) already, but that was because it was the only award space available at that time. Also, had mixed feelings since I had a half day in Seoul and took a tour, but it was brutal trying to get by on little sleep since the BKK -> ICN flight is so short.

Since I'm planning far ahead for 2017, I see lots more First / Business Saver awards available. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Looking to get the best value and try some quality first/business classes.
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Old Jun 12, 16, 5:51 pm
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X/FRA on TG and LH
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Old Jun 12, 16, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by mduell View Post
X/FRA on TG and LH
That pops up pretty regularly. I'm sure it's a nice ride.

Of course I'm dying for my first 748 flight, and believe Aziana flies one of those.
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Old Jun 12, 16, 6:38 pm
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Originally Posted by EmailKid View Post
That pops up pretty regularly. I'm sure it's a nice ride.

Of course I'm dying for my first 748 flight, and believe Aziana flies one of those.
No 748 for Asiana (KE only) but F is nice on the 777 and I've heard the A380 ride on OZ is equally nice.

That being said if you are already spending partner F miles TG F to LH F is the best value.

If you want to go Eastbound I'd strongly suggest NH F for the TPAC
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Old Jun 12, 16, 7:37 pm
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Originally Posted by mduell View Post
X/FRA on TG and LH
+1

Unfortunately TG has altered its BKK-FRA schedule for the summer & there is no F. Perhaps BKK-LHR/CDG-FRA-SFO.

Alternatively you might take TG BKK-MUC in F then connect to FRA. It will be a 744 but has suites & very comfortable & the same service.

LH F ex-MUC is being discontinued as I understand. Pity.
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Old Jun 12, 16, 7:42 pm
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Originally Posted by AndyInSaigon View Post

LH F ex-MUC is being discontinued as I understand. Pity.
not completely and not now ... still plenty bookable ... I just did for October.
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Old Jun 12, 16, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by cfischer View Post
not completely and not now ... still plenty bookable ... I just did for October.
LH F award is bookable far in advance now? I thought LH F only opens up at T-14.

We did BKK-FRA TG F on A380, and then once we arrived in FRA, I saw LH F opened up and called UA to change from C to F on 748 since I had already paid for *A partner F award. This was booked the month before UA increased awards miles for *A premium class. That was really the way to fly.
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Old Jun 12, 16, 7:59 pm
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BKK-NRT TG F to NRT-SFO NH F
I've done it twice. Love it, even had the NH cabin once to myself.
Don't fly through Europe to get to the west coast for the FCT at FRA.

This next time I'm paying for J and doing SJC-NRT with 3 days in TYO then HND-BKK.
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Old Jun 12, 16, 8:05 pm
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Originally Posted by JVPhoto View Post
BKK-NRT TG F to NRT-SFO NH F
Those are both good choices in J, too. The TG 380 is the best *A option from TYO to BKK.

BR via TPE is also a good option, except they don't release seats more than 30 days from departure.
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Old Jun 13, 16, 2:28 am
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Originally Posted by laxmillenial View Post
but it was brutal trying to get by on little sleep since the BKK -> ICN flight is so short.
I did BKK ICN SFO a decade ago, and remember very fondly the day room hotel inside ICN security. Picture Tony Soprano walking up his driveway in a bathrobe to get the paper; this is how close I was to my next gate.

Sleep, shower, phone call. I now prioritize day room availability in planning any long trip. The FRA dayrooms are outside security, but they still make SFO FRA ??? the ideal routing for regional European destinations such as Florence.
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Old Jun 13, 16, 6:58 am
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Originally Posted by laxmillenial View Post
Was thinking of using award miles to book from BKK -> SFO. Any advice as to what carriers / routing I should take?

I've tried BKK -> ICN (Thai Business) and ICN -> SFO (United GF) already, but that was because it was the only award space available at that time. Also, had mixed feelings since I had a half day in Seoul and took a tour, but it was brutal trying to get by on little sleep since the BKK -> ICN flight is so short.

Since I'm planning far ahead for 2017, I see lots more First / Business Saver awards available. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Looking to get the best value and try some quality first/business classes.
For quality first experience, I agree that Thai Airways to FRA connecting to LH would be hard to beat. Thai Airways lounge / massage is a great, unique way to start the trip and great service at lounge and flight on Lufthansa. For spending 130K miles, that is probably ideal. Though you will need to role the dice on LH opening up award availability as it will not be bookable now.

If there is an option on ANA, (TG to NRT, then ANA to SFO), I would book that now just to have something locked in. You can change it to the FRA option later, if it opens up.
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Old Jun 13, 16, 8:23 am
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+1 ^ on BKK-EU-SFO routeing. I've done it twice and like the late departure from Thailand so you can go right to sleep.

Because LH Availability can be tough stay open minded to BKK-HKG-FRA/MUC-SFO or connecting w/in N. America BKK-FRA/MUC-ORD/IAD/IAH/NYC-SFO
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FlyerTalk...where flying 3200 miles out of the way is called the best option.

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Old Jun 13, 16, 8:36 am
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Originally Posted by JVPhoto View Post
FlyerTalk...where flying 3200 miles out of the way is called the best option.

It's what (in some cases, former) UA FT flyers do: recommend other airlines.
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Old Jun 13, 16, 9:28 am
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Originally Posted by JVPhoto View Post
FlyerTalk...where flying 3200 miles out of the way is called the best option.

Yup.

Sometimes schedules are paramount. Other times the experience is preferred.

OP asked about best experience for points as one of the criteria.
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