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How does 9 hours of ultra lux, lie-flat, wine and dine First Class sound?
Amazing, right? Who wouldn’t want to luxuriate and have an extremely well trained staff take care of your every need. It’s possible, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, just a little creativity. One of the SWEETEST of the Sweet Spots of United’s award chart is from South Asia to Australia, and one of the best ways to route is through Bangkok on Thai Airways First Class. The greatest thing is you don’t need a single point in your account, and you don’t need to be under 5/24, or sign up for another card. You’re gonna buy the flight with points. United offering a mileage bonus, I posted about it earlier today, and this is how $800 buys you First Class + an hour massage.
You can buy United miles with 100% bonus. When you buy 50k miles or more, that equates to 1.88 cents per mile.
United allows you you to buy up to 150k miles a year.
As long as you book your tickets from South Asia to Australia, or vice versa, before November 1st, you can fly for just 40k miles. 40,000 x 0.0188 = $752. You’re gonna have some taxes too. Hence the $800
After November 1st, United’s award chart will change and the cost will pop to 65k each way. Still not a terrible deal, but not NEARLY as incredible as 40k
Miles, I bet there is no space avail. I did a quick search. Tons of availability until the year’s end. As long as you BOOK by November 1st, even if travel is next year, the rate is locked in at 40k.
By my understanding, the rate holds even if you need to change dates, you’d just need to keep the class of service in tact
This is a $3k ticket.
In fact, you can buy 150k miles, almost enough for 4 tickets, for less than the price of this ticket 1 way.
You mentioned a massage. First class isn’t enough for me. Gimme, gimme, gimme.
You’re so right, I did. And deliver I will. Thai Airways is known for their insane spa in Bangkok. Flash that first class boarding pass and you have 60 minutes of flesh pounding bliss to look forward. Budget in a long layover, or arrive early, you don’t want to miss this.
You can apply the principle of this post across the board. This just happens to be an unbelievably valuable route, and one that exemplifies creative thinking to extract value from buying points to get the flight you want.