Great Opportunity: Redeem Miles For EVA Air Business Class To Asia

In mid-2013, Taiwanese airline EVA Air joined Star Alliance, which I was quite excited about. They have a great business class product, and at first had tons of business class award availability.

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EVA Air’s business class product

As happens all too often when airlines join alliances, EVA Air quickly adjusted how they release award availability. They went from releasing tons of business class award seats in advance, to having a trend where they generally released them only within 90 days of departure when booking through a partner airline frequent flyer program.

The 90 day restriction isn’t ideal to begin with, though even within 90 days award availability wasn’t wide open. From time to time we’ve seen EVA Air release more business class award space in advance, though it hasn’t really been predictable.

Anyway, for anyone who has wanted to try EVA Air business class but prefers to plan in advance, there’s a good opportunity right now. EVA Air business class award availability is wide open throughout their route network starting for travel on February 1, 2017, through the end of the schedule.

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This is true from most of their North American gateways, and in many cases we’re seeing at least four business class award seats per flight.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s even plenty of availability on EVA Air’s Hello Kitty flights out of Houston.

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EVA Air has an extensive route network within Asia as well, so you can use this availability to get to most major cities in Asia (and EVA Air even operates longhaul configured aircraft on many short routes).

There are a few practical ways to book EVA Air business class between the US and Asia, none of which come with fuel surcharges. These include:

  • Air Canada Aeroplan for 75,000 miles one-way in business class (transfer partners with Amex and SPG)
  • Avianca LifeMiles for 75,000 miles one-way in business class (transfer partners with Amex and SPG)
  • United MileagePlus for 80,000 miles one-way in business class (transfer partners with Chase)

Personally my preference would be to redeem Avianca LifeMiles. Those can frequently be purchased for under 1.4 cents each. That’s like paying under $1,100 for a one-way business class ticket between the US and Asia, which is great.

On top of that, EVA Air happens to have an excellent business class product. They have reverse herringbone seats, Din Tai Fung-inspired catering, the best champagne offered by any airline in business class, Rimowa amenity kits, wifi, slippers, etc.

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Bottom line

If you’re looking to travel to Asia on miles next year, redeeming for EVA Air’s excellent business class product is a good option. Award availability is wide open, they have a great product, and there are lots of ways to leverage transferable points to book these flights.

Anyone plan on taking advantage of this excellent award availability?

(Tip of the hat to Tyler W)

Comments

  1. Unfortunately nothing from Vancouver ;(

    Premium awards to/ from Vancouver in somewhat desirable months/ days are pretty much impossible, even on CX with Asia Miles. Can anyone advise if using EVA miles it would be easier to get a Vancouver award?

  2. I was glad to read this article. I redeemed 78K (not 75K) purchased Avianca miles for a BR SIN-SFO flight later this month and was feeling a bit bummed at not having got anything better (although relieved to have dodged CA). Now I’m actually looking forward to the flight!

  3. @Tai

    Vancouver as you probably already are aware – have a very high concentration of wealthy Chinese families. There are no shortage of Paying customers on the Vancouver – Asia route. It has been the toughest route to redeem – up there in comparison to the US – South Pacific.

    You would find availability if you are willing to do a position flight down the California gateways. Short of that you can wait and wait some more and there will still be no availability from/to YVR on either BR or CX. You might find JL availability.

  4. Eva usually opens award ticket within 2 weeks from LAX TPE, 3x daily,, and JFK TPE within 1 week, so its better to book when the dates are close, i think use ANA is the best transferrable from AMEX or SPG, 95K round trip plus $200 some taxes

  5. “Avianca LifeMiles for 75,000 miles one-way in business class (transfer partners with Amex and SPG)”

    I’m trying to redeem Amex MR points for Avianca LifeMiles but not seeing them listed on my available transfer list. Is there a trick to this?

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