Earlier today I analyzed the upcoming United MileagePlus devaluation coming in November. I noted that awards originating outside the USA are going up in price, but did not go into detail. I’ll go into detail now on one particular award, currently so valuable that I am already searching my calendar for a date to squeeze in one more booking.
United currently charges 17.5K for one-way ticket from South Asia to Australia in economy class. Business class is 30K. First class is 40K. That’s an incredible price when you think about it for 12 hours in first class.
Fly from Hong Kong to Sydney via Bangkok and you can squeeze in two first class flights on Thai Airways and an extended layover in Bangkok. On the ground in BKK, take advantage of an amazing first class lounge and free one-hour full body massage at the Royal Orchid Spa. That’s using 40K miles wisely!
On November 01, 2017, economy class rises to 25K one-way, business to 50K, and first class to 65K. That’s a 63% increase, the most substantial devaluation on the new chart!
While I wasn’t planning a trip to Australia, I am going to try to squeeze in one more booking in Thai Airways First Class.
If you’ve never flown Thai First, this represents the cheapest way to do it! While this may not be worth a special trip to Australia or SE Asia, if you are in the region, don’t forget to take advantage of this extremely attractively priced award before the price skyrockets.