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.
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.
If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s even plenty of availability on EVA Air’s Hello Kitty flights out of Houston.
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, Wi-Fi, slippers, etc.
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)