August 20, 2018

Redeeming awards out of Hong Kong? Here’s some sweet spots to consider

If you’re based in Hong Kong, you may be wondering which frequent flyer programs offer the best value for your miles. The truth is, there is no the”best” program, only the best program for you

In this post I want to lay out some of the best value options for Hong Kong based travelers (and how to earn them)

British Airways Avios for flights within 1,151 miles

Avios is well-known for offering great value on short haul awards. In particular, it is possible to redeem an economy flight for destinations 650 miles and below for 4,500 miles one-way, and 1,151 miles and below for 7,500 miles one-way.

Here is a sample of destinations that are close to Hong Kong- you could easily hop to Taipei or Hanoi for only 4,500 miles, with Manila, Shanghai and Changsha just 7,500 miles away.

From To Initial
Heading
Magnetic
Heading
Distance
Total: 2,924 mi
Average: 585 mi
HKG TPE 066° (NE) 069° (E) 501 mi
HKG PVG 037° (NE) 040° (NE) 779 mi
HKG HAN 263° (W) 266° (W) 526 mi
HKG MNL 138° (SE) 141° (SE) 711 mi
HKG CSX 354° (N) 357° (N) 407 mi

 

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer to Micronesia and Guam

KrisFlyer classifies Hong Kong under the North Asia 1 zone, whereas Guam and Micronesia are part of North Asia 2. One-way tickets are 12,500 and 22,500 miles respectively for Economy and Business, which can be very good value considering the flight can be upwards of 5 hours.

If you’re looking to get to Micronesia from Hong Kong, United Airlines operates a flight from Guam that stops in TKK and PNI, however you’ll have a long connection in Guam which you can spend exploring the island.

As for PNI, well, I would say, enjoy your silence time there. On the than hand, TKK is a great place for wreck diving

United MileagePlus to Australia/New Zealand

Although the United program underwent a change late last year, there is still good value to be had flying from Hong Kong to Australia/New Zealand.

That’s because United classifies Hong Kong as part of “South Asia”, along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

As the example below shows, a flight from Hong Kong to Auckland via Thai Airways would only cost 25K miles in economy and 50K miles in business. Considering the flight time is close to 14 hours, this is a very good deal. As a business class passenger, you will also be able to enjoy a 30-minute spa treatment in the Thai Airways spa in Bangkok.

Make sure to include your excursionist award for a free segment

Lufthansa Miles & More to Hawaii

One-way awards between Hong Kong and Hawaii cost 20k/35k miles for economy/business class. This flight is about 11.5 hours of flying with a transit in Japan or South Korea, so it represents very good value once again. If you go with the Japan option, you will be able to fly on ANA’s 767-300 and 787-9 aircraft. The 787-9 will have full flat seats.

Emirates Skywards to Bangkok

Emirates operates a fifth freedom route between Hong Kong and Bangkok that uses their A380 aircraft. If you’ve always wanted to experience the over-the-top bling of Emirates cabins, here is one of the cheapest ways of doing so.

You can get a full flat seat with an inflight bar- not bad for a 3 hour flight!

Emirates Skywards charges 40,000 miles for a round trip business class flight between these two cities.

ANA Mileage Club to Europe and USA and Canada

ANA Mileage Club offers very good value redemptions out of Hong Kong to Europe and North America at just 93,000 and 95,000 miles for round trip business class (58,000 and 60,000 miles for round trip economy).

Remember that ANA Mileage Club does not allow one-way redemptions for partner flights.

How to earn these miles?

You can earn some of these miles through your bank credit cards, but for the widest selection of frequent flyer programs, you should use Mileslife. Mileslife has 16 different frequent flyer partners, all of which have direct credit agreements. You can use Mileslife and earn miles at over 20,000 selections around the world, from high end dining and retail, to luxury hotels and spas, to activities and attraction tickets, even from your daily walking and health activities.

Download Mileslife here and start earning miles for your next vacation!

Posted by Troy under .海南航空(Hainan Airline), ANA(全日空), British Airways(英国航空公司), Emirates Skywards, Kris Flyer(新加坡航空), Miles and More 汉莎, United Airline(美联航) | Be the First to Comment

August 15, 2018

Mileslife launches in Hong Kong! Earn up to 0.25HK$= 1 mile(1USD-8miles) and win 1 million Avios

After several months of hard work by the Mileslife team, I’m very excited announce that Mileslife has officially launched in Hong Kong!

Mileslife has more than 100 dining merchants already in Hong Kong, including popular restaurants and cafes like The Coffee Academics, Modern China, Xia Mian Guan, Craft Brew & Co and BRICK LANE. You can even buy tickets to attractions like Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, or purchase essential items like HK Airport Express tickets and HK SIM cards.

In addition to dining and activities, Mileslife can also be used to pay for hotel and spa packages. Luxury brands like Aman Resorts and Belmond are also available on Mileslife (this is probably the only place to earn miles at Aman properties and Belmond Trains).

 

How many miles can you earn with Mileslife in HK?

Mileslife users earn miles at HKD1= 1 mile in addition to your usual credit card earning, although there’s a special launch promotion from now till 5 September that gives up to HKD0.25=1 mile.

Mileslife users in Hong Kong will be able to earn miles directly in 16 different frequent flyer programs. This includes

  • ANA Mileage Club
  • British Airways Executive Club
  • China Eastern Miles
  • China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • Emirates Skywards
  • EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club
  • Iberia Plus
  • LifeMiles
  • Miles & More
  • PhoenixMiles
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • Sichuan Airlines Golden Panda
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • United MileagePlus
  • Xiamen Airlines Egret Club.

During this special launch period, the top 10 customers who make the most transactions on Mileslife (min HKD 59 per transaction) will also have chance to win 1,000,000 Avios in total.

Hong Kong Launch Event

The Hong Kong launch event was held at Eaton Club and attended by our merchant partners and representatives from British Airways, Singapore Airlines, ANA, Hong Kong Airlines, and United Airlines, as well as various media outlets and bloggers.

These lucky audience members had a chance to win a luxurious two night stay at the Amanyangyun Shanghai as well as HKD 2,000 of Mileslife credits to spend!

There was also plenty of great food, all provided by Mileslife partner restaurants including Michelin Starred Snow Garden, Le Reve, NINETYs, 3 ITALIANI, Harbour Plaza 8 Degree, Tulsi Indian Restaurant, Good BBQ and Dodam Chicken.

Mileslife keeps growing every day. Watch out for Mileslife in a city near you soon!

Posted by Troy under .东方航空公司(China Eastern), .中国国际航空公司(Air China), .南方航空(China Southern), .海南航空(Hainan Airline), ANA(全日空), British Airways(英国航空公司), Emirates Skywards, Kris Flyer(新加坡航空), Lifemiles(哥伦比亚航空), Miles and More 汉莎, Mileslife, Singapore KrisFlyer, United Airline(美联航) | Be the First to Comment

December 13, 2013

预定新航商务头等奖励票

在我们平时定星盟奖励票的时候,应该都知道,新加坡航空的A380,A345与77W机型的头等舱奖励票或商务舱奖励票一般来说都是不能够兑换到的。

SQ1

【ANA关于不能兑换新航部分机型商务头等舱的提示】

但凡事也有例外。比如说去年的7月份的某一天,新航换预定系统,结果所有平常小伙伴儿们不能兑换的奖励票,都如泉涌一样释放出来。在那一天,所有伙伴的里程都可以拿来兑换新航所有机型的商务头等奖励票。我还记得,在那一天虽然我知道这个消息,但由于我那时还是处于入门的状态,所以并没有足够的里程拿去兑换。事后我才意识到那个机会有多么宝贵,并在心里留下了深深的遗憾。

SQ9

【新航A380头等套房】

那么,既然我错过了那个千载难逢的好机会,但我还是很想去体验新航的A380头等套房,那我该怎么办呢?

选择一:使用AV(哥伦比亚航空)里程。

AV的最大优点/缺点就是,这家公司完美的展示了南美人能忽悠的“传统美德”。为什么这样说呢?AV不知道通过了什么办法,能忽悠到比UA,US,AC等等其他众多星盟伙伴更多的新航位置,而且呢,还能够换SQ A380或者 77W的商务舱。本来以前还能够换头等舱的,但是几个月前就开始减少很多了。我尝试了下搜索,很容易能找到很多新航商务,但是头等却找不到。而且还有一点忽悠的地方在于,他们的lifemiles系统,线路能够出极据创造性的票,比如下图:

AV2

【AV显示新航380/77W的商务舱奖励票】

 

很明显,从首尔到三藩市最简单的方式,是从首尔飞新加坡,新加坡飞香港,然后再从香港飞三藩市。。。

但AV的缺点也在于忽悠。首先是他们家客服电话极其难打,即使打通了也需要一点起码的西班牙语进行沟通。所以AV适合于出了票后就一般不动的人群,不然打电话实在是一种痛苦。Such a pain in the ass!

但综合来说AV出新航商务,在你能找到票的前提下还是挺不错的。首先是里程便宜,买一送一才1.5CPM。6.25W中美商务单程,比起贬值后的UA,简直好太多了。 而且网上直接出票也方便。

那么如何使用Lifemiles系统,单单搜索新航的奖励票位置呢?

很简单,在lifemiles的搜索机票界面里,选择preferred carrier,将菜单拖拉至Singapore Airlines就行了。

AV3

【用AV搜索新航位置】

 

选择二:使用汉莎里程。

汉莎航空和新航有签协议。基本上就是汉莎愿意出多些钱给新航,要求他们放些豪华机型的头等商务位置给他们。

但是呢,使用汉莎航空兑换,需要收取燃油费。

而且如果你的机票穿越了2个区域以上(比如JFK-SIN-PEK),还将被收取额外数额的里程(比如商务:单程92000,往返185000)。具体可以参见:这里

由于汉莎官网只能查汉莎旗下航空公司的免票,所以我打电话咨询了几个例子:

JFK-SIN(经停FRA)商务 67000里程单程 + 362美元税费,头等105000里程单程 + 375美元税费。 而且必须是SQ25直飞。如果是前程JFK-FRA SQ25, 后程SQ325接等等,则会被多收里程,因为穿越FRA在行程单上体现了。

SFO-HKG,商务 67000里程单程  + 144美元税费,头等105000里程单程 + 144美元税费。  SQ1直飞。

SFO-SIN,商务 67000里程单程 + 334美元税费,头等105000里程单程 + 347美元税费。可以走SQ15 (SFO-ICN-SIN)或者是 SQ1(SFO-HKG-SIN)。

SIN-SYD, 商务 52000里程单程 + 241美元税费,头等85000里程单程 + 241美元税费。

而且汉莎航空实际上能拿到的位置,虽然比普通的航空公司多些,甚至比AV也要多些,但始终还是没有新航给自己会员的位置多。在打电话的过程中,大多数的日子都只有经济或商务,头等比较少。

但如果光对比里程价值,和收取税费的多少,AV是远远比汉莎超值的。

 

选择三 :使用新航自己家的里程。

肥水不流外人田的道理相信大家都懂。毫无疑问,使用新航自己家的里程,能够换到最多的新航奖励票位置。而且还能兑换到对大多数星盟小伙伴们进行屏蔽的大量77W商务,头等舱与A380商务,套房头等舱奖励票。

新航里程计划一直以来都是相对冷门,不像天天卖里程的US一样人人皆知,主要是因为他们家兑换奖励票相对昂贵,而且还要收取YQ燃油附加税。而且,他们家里程计划的合作伙伴也相对少一些,所以国内玩的人不多。

但是近年来,随着其他主流里程计划的涨价,加上新航自己一直推出的网上兑换打8.5折活动,兑换已经不是曾经想象的那么昂贵了。再加上A380套房头等舱的奖励票,现在放出来”saver”等级的票了。要想在之前,换套房头等由于舱位不一样(R),新航只有标准“standard”或者全价“Full”的奖励兑换,需要至少20w以上才能换到亚洲-美国的套房头等。但现在的saver兑换,最便宜只需要7W里程就可以实现了。

下面给几个新航兑换比较经典的,划算的路线:

香港飞澳洲,网上兑换打折后6.375W 单程头等, 税费1861港币。

SQ2

三藩市到香港单程头等7W里程,加上122美金税费

SQ3

 

洛杉矶到东京成田单程7.43W头等,税费133美元。很奇怪,新航的三藩市香港,居然比飞行距离短的洛杉矶成田要便宜。

SQ4

 

香港到南非商务舱单程5.3W,外加2040港币税费。注意,第二段飞南非不是平躺,但放在这里是因为5W去南非实在很划算。

SQ5

 

纽约JFK到法兰克福再到新加坡再飞往香港:10.41W头等单程。我心目中的经典航线。我目前已经换了一个在春季飞的单程,到时候希望能有好运,与大家分享那个神奇的空中Double Bed ;)税费:361美元

SQ7

sq10

【令人心动的空中双人床 】

新加坡飞行纽约一路到新加坡,居然有4餐,我到时候是不肥不行了:))))在网上,可以选择Book the Cook 点餐。

SQ1

 

累计新加坡航空的里程,不推荐航空累计,除非你平时都是飞的付费两舱或者是全价经济。新航和SPG是合作伙伴,转2W积分能获得2.5W里程,大约两周到账。值得一提的是,国内现在很热门的花旗礼程白金卡也是新航的伙伴,1:1兑换,基本上都能1日到账,非常快,每年20万里程封顶

旅途愉快!

Pablo

Posted by Pablo under Kris Flyer(新加坡航空), Lifemiles(哥伦比亚航空), Miles and More 汉莎, Star Alliance(星空联盟) | 30 Comments to Read

October 6, 2013

希尔顿每晚高达2000新航里程

希尔顿可谓是和航空公司合作最激烈的酒店集团。毕竟它是唯一真正有double dip功能的回馈。及是,每次入住可以同时获得酒店积分和航空里程。在上一期Q3的时候,希尔顿就和超过十几家航空公司合作促销,其中包括日航,国航,土航,泰航等等。

现在希尔顿和南航的三倍里程依然有效

而今天所要概括的是2013年10/1至2013年12/31之间,凡是入住希尔顿旗下的酒店可以最高获得四倍新航(kris flyer)里程—2000点。你可以点击这里进入希尔顿官网注册

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不过四倍新航里程只限于亚洲各地区。大部分欧美酒店只能获得双倍里程,部分Asia & Pacific则可以获得三倍里程。以下为可以获得四倍里程的国家和城市

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总结:很多人常说希尔顿贬值后真的是不想再住了。但是Evan还是很喜欢。这是真正能够让我每次入住都能获得一定的里程和积分的酒店集团。

Posted by Evan under Hilton HHonors(希尔顿荣誉客会计划), Kris Flyer(新加坡航空) | 3 Comments to Read