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!

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October 10, 2017

Swim with whales in Tonga and tour Oceania in business class for 60000 United Miles, book before Nov 1st

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

SIN-SYD(stopover)-IVC//KKE-AKL-BKK-SIN

By the way, you can redeem SQ flight with United.com again!

2. Singapore KrisFlyer Miles – 25000 in Economy

IVC-AKL-TBU-AKL-KKE

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.

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July 16, 2014

美联航里程买一送一+超值兑换线路(7.21截止)

早上收到邮件,差点以为看错了:

大家熟悉的美联航(UA)竟然也来里程买一送一了!

苍天啊,大地啊,这个世界我看不懂了,UA居然也…

此次重磅大促销是目标限定促销,包括我内的许多朋友都收到了邮件,有人是买一送一,有人是五折,有人是七折。买一送一相当于1.88美分/里程(含税),只有一个礼拜时间,7月21日结束。快去查邮件!

UA兑换中国去澳大利亚/新西兰/帕劳/大溪地等等都很划算,香港出发更优惠。

兑换中国去澳大利亚/新西兰的单程经济舱2w/商务舱4w/头等舱5w里程,如果是里程买一送一,相当于往返经济舱只要四千多人民纸

Posted by Troy under United Airline(美联航) | 6 Comments to Read

July 4, 2014

里程积分过期日总结-全球各主要航空公司

许多小伙伴听说了常客积分的概念后常常有个共同反应就是:这分也没啥大用,反正很快就过期了。其实,大部分常客积分计划的里程或积分从某种意义上讲都不过期,只有一小部分有真正的过期日。今天来为大家总结一下全球主要航空公司的里程过期日。

国内部分

南航:里程有效期为滚动式的3年,里程入账后当月的3年后的当月最后一天该里程作废。举例,2011年4月10日,你获得了6000里程,这6000里程将于2014年4月30日过期。

东航:里程有效期为3年,无论当年何时累积,都将于3年后的12月31日统一过期。举例,你2009年2月1日累积了6000飞行里程,该里程将于2012年12月31日过期。

国航/深航:里程有效期为滚动式3个日历年,计算方法和南航一样(深航尊鹏计划已与国航知音常旅客计划合并)。

海航:里程有效期为2年,但是2年内账户里有任何一次活动,累计或兑换,所有里程从活动日期顺延2年。

总结:海航从理论上里程没有有效期,其它均为不同形式的3年。

北美洲

加拿大航空(Aeroplan):12个月。12个月内账户里有任何一次活动,累计或兑换, 所有里程从活动日期顺延12个月。

美国航空公司(AA): 18个月。18个月内账户里有任何一次活动,累计或兑换, 所有里程从活动日期顺延18个月。

美联航(United): 和上面AA一样。

全美航空(US Airways): 和上面AA一样。值得一提的是,如果你的里程不幸过期,还可以交一笔小钱补救回来。

达美(Delta): 永久有效。

阿拉斯加航空(Alaska Air): 24个月。24个月内账户里有任何一次活动,累计或兑换, 所有里程从活动日期顺延24个月。如果账户2年没有活动,或者里程被清零后,可以交75刀来补救。

总结:这几家从理论上里程都没有有效期

南美洲

智利航空:36个月,只有智利航空的航班累积才可以将有效期顺延36个月。

欧洲

汉莎(Lufthansa):36个月。高级会员的里程将永不过期,如果丢掉高级会员,从丢掉当日起算36个月。

英航(British Airways):36个月。36个月内账户里有任何一次活动,累计或兑换,所有里程从活动日期顺延36个月。

法航/荷航(flying Blue):普通会员20个月,20个月内账户里有任何一次飞行的里程积攒可以顺延20个月。高级会员里程不过期,如果丢掉高级会员,里程过期日从你账户里最后一次飞行记录起算20个月。

捷克航空(Ok Plus):24个月。24个月内乘坐捷克航空航班累积可以将有效期顺延24个月,否则全部里程24个月过期。

维珍(Virgin Atlantic):36个月。36个月内账户里有任何一次活动,累计或兑换,所有里程从活动日期顺延36个月。

亚洲

韩亚: 10年,钻石级别以上会员12年。

全日空(ANA):滚动式36个月,就是里程入账后当月的3年后的当月最后一天,该里程作废。

亚洲万里通(Asia Miles):滚动式36个月,就是里程入账后当月的3年后的当月最后一天,该里程作废。除了花钱,没有任何办法延期。

新加坡航空:滚动式36个月,就是里程入账后当月的3年后的当月最后一天,该里程作废,除了花钱,没有任何办法延期

阿联酋航空:3-4年,里程将在你累积之后3年的你的生日月月底过期,如果你在2012年6月飞了里程,你的生日在8月,那么这些里程就会在2015年8月31过期。

卡塔尔航空:3年,里程分别在6月30和12月31日过期。2014年1月到6月所飞的里程会在2017年6月30日过期;2014年7月到12月所飞里程会在2017年12月31日过期。白金会员里程永不过期。

大洋洲

澳大利亚航空(Qantas): 18个月。18个月内账户里有任何一次活动,累计或兑换,所有里程从活动日期顺延18个月

新西兰航空(Air NewZealand): 4-5年,你加入计划的周年纪念日,你4年前累积的里程就会作废;金卡/精英会员累积里程不过期。

点评

亚洲的个别公司比较小气,世界上其它公司多多少少都有办法让里程不过期,而且一般也都有个3年有效期。里程是用来花的,不是用来屯着比谁多的,所以能花就使劲花吧!

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June 11, 2014

美联航常旅客计划也追随达美,将改为以消费额计算的方式

昨日, 全世界人民又哀声一片了,美联航常旅客计划跟随着达美的步伐,于2015年起,将里程累计方式变为以消费金额计算了,具体请看下图 United

 

以上累计方式仅限于针对乘坐美联航自己的航班和通过美联航网站购票的代码共享航班,且仅用来计算“可兑换里程”, 而定级里程和飞星空联盟成员累计都将继续以飞行距离计算。

关于此次改变的意义,我车轱辘话就不再一遍遍的重复了,总之,这是常旅客计划的大趋势了,但还是那句话,这样的改变并没有影响到太多的人,你们要这么想,想当年,申请一张信用卡才20000里程,现在都几万几万的呢。

AA(US)如果不是因为合并,也会跟进,但由于合并,估计要延迟一年,所以一个新时代的来临也已经是定论

 

 

 

Posted by Troy under United Airline(美联航) | 3 Comments to Read

February 11, 2014

购买美联航里程40%-Discount

元宵节将至,Evan祝大家合家团圆,万事如意

贬值后的美联航里程让它失去很多曾经的光辉。但是不乏还是有少许可用性。比如飞行UA商务舱中美之间单程也仅需7万(涨了1万)里程且没有燃油费。中国飞往澳州以及南太平洋经济/商务/头等甚至降了。 所以总而言之,大家基本都很坦然的接受贬值,并且还是可以很好的使用UA里程,毕竟UA官网是查询星盟票比较方便的途径,除新航之外 。想要预订新航的朋友们可以阅读小PA为大家介绍的,预订新航商务头等舱精品文章

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通过此促销购买美联航里程须至少购买40000里程以上才能获得40% off。 15000-39000之间的里程只可获得25% bonus。按照40%折扣来说,每点里程的价格约2.26美分,每年每个账户购买上限为150000里程。除非我紧急需要出票,否则我是不会以这个价钱来购买里程的,更别说屯里程了。但是近期可以保证以下两点:

1. 美联航近期不会再贬值了

2. 这是美联航历史上购买里程最低价

另外美联航的里程不是通过Points.com出售的,而是通过自己的平台。所以购买里程所花费的被算为“航空类”,在北美的朋友们可以通过许多信用卡攒多倍积分。

活动促销:购买美联航里程40% off

活动日期:至02/17/2014

活动连接:点击进入官网购买

 

Posted by Evan under United Airline(美联航) | 4 Comments to Read

February 1, 2014

United-最后以旧里程价格预订星盟航空

大家新年好,原本以为大年初一正是预订United奖励票的最后一天,但是由于这会是周末所以UA不以为然的说:再给你们两天预订一下吧。其实吧,肯定是他家自己的IT部分忙不过来了,说着好听的。。呵呵。所以正式新里程表上线日期改为正月初四,二月三日。 这也是大家最后一次以旧的价格来预订。查看UA贬值贴

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温馨提醒:最好预订网上能自己解决的,因为据说电话预订要等几个小时。

Posted by Evan under United Airline(美联航) | 8 Comments to Read

January 3, 2014

各大常旅客计划改革提醒(美联航,达美,凯悦,希尔顿)

达美航空

改革日期:2014年2月01日

改革影响:普遍里程贬值,从2月1日至5月31日之间的里程兑换奖励票变得比现在更贵。

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除了对去非洲的Peak Business/First的5000里程降低,其他被高亮出来的都是再一次的里程提升。达美真的不甘愿任何一个航空和他们比里程的价值阿。。。

 

美联航

改革日期:2014年2月01日

改革影响:历史性贬值,更改后兑换奖励票时选择*A其他航空将要比选择美联航要贵。

主要影响路线:

北亚<->美国

经济舱上升5000里程

商务舱上升40000里程

头等舱上升100000里程!

南亚<->美国

经济舱上升15000里程

商务舱上升40000里程

头等舱上升100000里程!

澳洲/新西兰<->美国

商务舱上升25000里程

头等舱上升100000里程!

中东<->美国

经济舱上升15000里程

商务舱上升40000里程

头等舱上升130000里程!

中亚/印度<->美国

经济舱上升5000里程

商务舱上升40000里程

头等舱上升120000里程!

欧洲<->美国

商务舱上升40000里程

头等舱上升85000里程!

详细请查看:美联航贬值篇

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凯悦金护照计划

改革日期:2014年1月7日

改革影响:积分贬值,兑换需更多积分。全新CAT7酒店

主要贬值的为六家Park Hyatt:

Park Hyatt 比佛利

Park Hyatt 米兰

Park Hyatt 悉尼

Park Hyatt 东京

Park Hyatt 巴黎

Park Hyattt 苏黎世

另外改变的就是行政房和套房升级的所需积分。 详细请参考以下表格和金护照贬值篇

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凯悦还将于1月7日推出新的兑换方式,详细请查看:新兑换篇

 

希尔顿荣誉客会

改革日期:2014年1月6日

改革影响:永久移除固定里程获取 (Points +Fixed Miles),仍然保留Points+ Variable Miles

详细参考:希尔顿改革篇

以前无论你在希尔顿的酒店有多少消费,都可以获得 USD*10积分+固定里程。多数为500里程,800公里,少数1000里程。 这让许多客户爱上希尔顿便宜的房价,同时又可以获取航空里程。如今一去不复返,以后在希尔顿只可获取USD*10积分+1里程(少数2里程)。 但是希尔顿仍然是酒店计划中唯一能够在无任何促销的情况下Double Dip (即同时获取酒店积分和航空里程)

 

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December 12, 2013

UA明起将停止显示新航奖励票位置

在今天,明年即将大幅度贬值里程价值的美联航,又做出了另外一项贬值的举动。那就是,从美国时间明天开始,美联航官网United.com, 手机app都将不再继续显示任何新加坡航空奖励票位置。但是,好消息是,各位还能继续在电话上预定到新航开放给星盟伙伴的奖励票(也就是非A380或77W商务头等以外的任意其他航班奖励位置)。

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【美联航将不再显示SQ奖励票座位的官方公告】

这项决定,首先由近日已沦落为了乌鸦嘴的UA Insider美联航官网账号首先在Flyertalk网站上公布。具知情人透露,UA是主动向SQ要求不再显示奖励位置的。至于原因呢,可能是新航奖励票结算的价格太贵了,美”廉“航已经开始吃不消了。

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【Flyer friendly? Really? Flyer UNfriendly还差不多】

还记得吗,美联航最近的广告Campaign是啥? Fly the friendly skies(在友好的天空上飞翔),我觉得,接连贬值和屏蔽信息,还不如改成 fly the unfriendly lies 算了。美联航这个号称是近十年以来最大的广告Camgpaign, 算是彻底失败了。

 

那么我们以后将如何查询新航奖励票?

UA曾经是星盟最好查票,也是最方便的公司之一。但现在已经不再。那我们其余网上查新航奖励票的选择是什么呢?

1. 使用加航的 Aeroplan 系统来网上查票。

2. 使用全日空,目前公认最准确的系统来查票。

3. 使用AV,也就是哥伦比亚航空的 Lifemiles系统来查票。

 

那么如果我还是想用UA来定新航的机票,但是又不想支付电话出票的25美金出票费,该咋办呢?

在这里和大家透露一个小技巧:以后UA出票,可以事先在网上任意出一个任何行程的票,获得6位数字和字母组成的预定编号。

之后呢,由于美联航有出票后24小时,任意免费电话改票或者退票的规定。所以你可以凭借你之前获得的预定编号,拨打美联航的预定电话,要求免费更改预定,从而改到自己原先想要的航班。

我觉得,美联航这么做纯粹是要给大家的生活提供更多的乐趣。和美联航大妈聊天吹水,多开心啊!然后UA几个月之后捏指头一算,怎么自己最近Call Center的开销,比屏蔽SQ省的还要多好几倍? 笑谈。

 

Pablo 愿意跟您分享我所知道的常旅客知识, 如果有疑问,请尽管在下面的评论栏里面提出。我,刘总和Evan将会尽己所能,回答您的问题。

Pablo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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