Back in September, TPG reported on great EVA business award availability through July 2017. Well, great news if you’re looking to head to a destination served by EVA: the business award availability calendar is wide open through the first half of December from United’s hubs ORD, LAX, SFO, and IAH, which EVA services.
If you’re not near any of these hubs, your itinerary will show an additional connection through one of them. It’s important to know, however, that Asiana and Thai have excellent availability as well from the US to Asia and, in-lieu of EVA availability from where you are, you still have plans B and C.
Take a look at these samples:
As you can see, the award calendar is wide open! You can also book with the above mentioned airlines through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and ANA’s Mileage Club. It’s worth noting that having the United MileagePlus Explorer card by Chase will significantly increase the award availability you have access to. It’s an especially great time to apply for this card now, given the current increased sign-up bonus offers.
I used 155k Aeroplan miles to book 2 business class one-ways for my wife and I from Chicago to Ho Chi Minh City, via Taipei on EVA; and 160k MileagePlus miles to book 2 business class one-ways from Ho Chi Minh City to ORD, (with a 13hr layover in Seoul!) on Asiana. I called in an itinerary that is not reflecting on United’s search tool, in order to fly Asiana’s A380 from Seoul to LAX – a smooth ride indeed. Aeroplan is an Amex Membership Rewards and SPG transfer partner; MileagePlus is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner; and ANA MileagePlan is an Amex Membership Rewards and SPG transfer partner, though the ratio on SPG is 2:1. The redemption through ANA Mileage Club will be significantly lower, so check that sweet spot if you have enough ANA miles. It may save you some 60k miles. If you have a significant amount of miles with either EVA’s Air Infinity or Asiana’s, be advised that EVA is a Citi Thank You transfer partner, and Asiana is an SPG transfer partner.
In conclusion, bank’s tighten up and change procedures, airlines and hotel chains devalue their programs, but still our loyalty and craftiness is rewarded. Who says the golden era of points and miles travel is gone? Not me!
*Featured image is from EVA air’s website.