Once in a while, airlines change their redemption chart. Some hidden gems are gone but some new ones are being added. On Nov 1st, United Airlines will use a new chart. The best part of the new chart is that it includes a short haul redemption for 8000 miles but the best hidden gem for people living in Asia is gone.
From North Asia/South Asia-Oceania/South Pacific, it is only 30,000 one way via business class and 60,000 with one stopover if routed correctly. There are free stopovers and I always wanted to take advantage of it. I tried to book a flight to Tonga to swim with whales last year but swim slot was fully booked, this year, I am able to secure one, and at the same time, the last chance to enjoy this redemption.
The interesting part here is, if booked on united.com to TBU, free exclusionist award will not apply and it is extra 10K to add the TBU segment in there (I have no time to book through the phone). Thus, I decided to break it into two bookings to tour the remaining part of NZ again.
1. United Miles – 60,000
2. Singapore KrisFlyer Miles – 25000 in Economy
For many years, United Miles always come up with some interesting redemption here and there, particularly in Asia, from 30K business within Asia to 11 segments on one way redemption to South Pacific from Asia. Even if it is gone this time, I won’t call it devaluation anymore because there is always a better way to use them.