I’ve written extensively about EVA Air since they joined the Star Alliance on June 18, including here and here. They have a really, really good business class product, possibly the best Star Alliance business class hard product. A majority of their longhaul 777-300ER aircraft feature a fully flat reverse herringbone configuration with direct aisle access at every seat. While the food doesn’t look amazing, EVA Air is the only airline in the world to serve Dom Perignon in business class. And when you have Dom, who needs food anyway? 😉
I’ve posted this video in a previous post and I’ll post it again, because the product really does look damn good:
I’ll even be flying them next week, so I can report back on my experiences. The current award availability situation with EVA is so good that I feel like I have to make one more post about them, because I’m sure the current situation won’t last.
A few quick reminders:
- You can book EVA Air using Air Canada Aeroplan miles without fuel surcharges — they’re one of the only Asian airlines on which Aeroplan doesn’t impose fuel surcharges as of yet.
- US Airways considers Taipei to be North Asia, so business class between the US and Taipei costs just 90,000 miles, and you can even route via Europe if you’d like. US Airways awards on EVA Air only became bookable as of June 25 (Tuesday), and I’m happy to report that things seem to be going smoothly with them. Well, other than that every US Airways agent seems to thing that EVA is Brussels Airlines, given that their airline code is “BR.”
- United has issues seeing some EVA Air award space. Even though the flights have award space they return a message saying “flight closed,” and I haven’t found a workaround yet. Interestingly the same flights are bookable through Aeroplan and US Airways.
Anyway, just to give you guys a sense of how good award availability is, take a look at the availability between Los Angeles and Taipei:
And between San Francisco and Taipei:
And between New York and Taipei:
And between Amsterdam and Taipei:
And between Seattle and Taipei (though it’s the old product — bleh!):
Seriously, folks, the availability is so outrageously good that I’d highly recommend booking ASAP. And let’s be honest, there has never been a better time to redeem US Airways miles to North Asia, since their rates are just itching to be devalued.
Anyone else book an award on EVA Air since they joined the Star Alliance?