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Wonders of the world. Vibrant cities, beaches, and cuisine. Asia will wow you, but getting there…is half the fun.
There isn’t a region in the world that compares to the customer service you will receive in Asia. Forget the motto “the customer is always right,” in my experience…the customer is King. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to many destinations across Asia and without exception I have fallen in love with each unique culture, vibe, and country. I’ve also been very fortunate to fly there in some of the world’s best business classes, and you can too! Here are 5 GREAT ways to fly to Asia in business class using points.
These incredible business class seats have long set the standard for lie-flat comfort and privacy. Utilizing a reverse herringbone design and Zodiac Cirrus seats, this business class is tough to beat. Add in the renowned Cathay customer service and odds are you’ll become a certified Cath-a-holic.
How can you fly it?
- American Airlines
- US to Asia: 70k
- Alaska Airlines
- Us to Asia: 50k
- Other easy redemption options:
- Cathay Marco Polo and British Airways, both of which are mileage based programs.
EVA operates in and out of Taipei and offers a truly incredible business class. The seat is a fantastic reverse herringbone design that offers privacy and comfort. The service? Arguably the best in the sky for business class. You’ll get pajamas and top flight champagne as well.
How to book?
- US to Asia: 75k
- US to Asia: 80k until 11/1 then 90k
- US to Asia: 87.5k
Singapore Airlines Business Class
Singapore Airlines is an award leviathan when it comes to customer service, and an experience you should definitely add to your bucket list. Don’t be fooled by the name though, Singapore operates flights from the west coast into Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo making this a great option when traveling to Asia. It’s worth mentioning that Singapore doesn’t release much, if any, award space to partners. This is no problem because Singapore is a partner of Chase, Amex, Citi, and SPG making it one of the most accessible award currencies out there.
How to book:
- Singapore Airlines
- US to Asia: 82k to 98k
This Skyteam partner, not to be confused with Air China, gives EVA a run for its money. Featuring B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats and Johnnie Walker Blue Label, top shelf whisky, this “other” Taipei based airline will make you wish the flight lasted a bit longer. They also offer great award availability, but the prices have gone up in recent times and now Korean represents the best way of booking these awards.
How to book:
- US to Asia: 95k
- Air France
- US to Asia: 100k
- Korea Air
- US to Asia: 155k Roundtrip ( Korean only allows r/t awards on partners)
Not to be outdone by all of the Asian carriers I’d offer up one of America’s own carriers as a superb business class. No you won’t get top flight champagne or pajamas, but you will get an incredible, and brand new, cabin. The 777-200 operating currently operating between the U.S. and Japan is a great way to cross the pacific in lie flat comfort.
I haven’t flown, but hope to soon:
Both of the following airlines, from what I’ve heard, could easily be on the above list.
Korean Air Business Class
Featuring private, all aisle seating, Korean Airlines offers great business class seats on SOME of their planes. Make sure you check the seat map if you’re planning to fly on Korean so you don’t end up with their old business class. The new 747-8i has the new seats across the board, and certain 77Ws also have the new seats. As far as I know, any A380 features the old product.
Both Alaska Airlines and Korean Air represent amazing opportunities for redemption. I will advise that Alaska requires r/t reservations.
Japan Airlines Business Class
Japan Airlines may offer the most variety in terms of business class seats and configurations of any carrier out there servicing Asia. There are two particular configurations that I would keep an eye out for, and specifically what I intend to fly.
The JAL Sky Suite
JAL Sky Suite III
How to book:
- 60k to Japan.
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