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Garuda Indonesia has one of the world’s best first class products. I had the chance to fly with them between London and Jakarta thanks to a great paid first class fare, and the experience was flawless. Garuda Indonesia consistently wins awards for their employees, and having flown with them, I now know why. The experience didn’t disappoint.
While Garuda Indonesia often has good paid first class fares, the catch is that there’s no good way to redeem miles for their first class. GarudaMiles (Garuda Indonesia’s own frequent flyer program) does let you redeem miles for first class, though the redemption rates are crazy high — a one-way ticket from Europe to Jakarta will cost you 190,000 miles, for example.
Some of you may remember that a couple of years ago GarudaMiles had a 90% off award redemption offer, which was a crazy good deal. Unfortunately this ended up being much more complicated than people were expecting, since you had to go to a GarudaMiles office in person to issue your ticket, and on top of that they pulled the promotion early. So while some people got to fly one-way in first class for just 19,000 miles, other people were left frustrated.
GarudaMiles is offering 50% off award redemptions
At the moment GarudaMiles has an excellent redemption promotion, which is a bit more straightforward than the previous one they ran. GarudaMiles is offering 50% off award redemptions booked online, under the following conditions (I’m copying and pasting the terms from their website):
- Valid for member who redeem for 2 persons in one PNR.
- Booking period: 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29 July 2018 (every Saturday and Sunday).
- Travel period: 14 July – 15 December 2018.
- Valid for purchasing through Garuda Indonesia website and mobile app.
- Using GO2MILES promo code.
- Valid for all class and route (except Middle East).
- Based on seat availability.
So, as you can see, you must be traveling in pairs to take advantage of this offer, and you have to travel by December 15, 2018. Rather oddly, you also have to make the booking during one of the next two weekends using promotion code GO2MILES.
The good news is that nowadays Garuda Indonesia allows online redemptions, assuming you can complete the entire process online. At least that’s my understanding.
I can’t personally guarantee this promotion will work, since it’s not the weekend yet, so I haven’t been able to test this out. However, given that some people will likely transfer points to take advantage of this promotion, I wanted to post about it as soon as possible, so you guys have time to plan.
With these discounts, you should be looking at redemption rates of 95,000 miles one-way for first class between Jakarta and Europe (they fly to London), and 67,500 miles one-way for first class between Bali and Tokyo. While I wouldn’t call that “cheap,” I’d say those are much more reasonable redemption rates. At that rate if you’ve been wanting to try Garuda Indonesia first class I’d say it’s an excellent option.
There are of course lots of other opportunities to redeem miles for business and economy and get big discounts, so you can find the GarudaMiles calculator here.
GarudaMiles is a Citi ThankYou transfer partner, so transferring over points from Citi ThankYou would be the best option. Generally these points transfers should take 1-2 days.
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While this isn’t some incredible deal that everyone should take advantage of, this is a great opportunity for anyone who has been wanting to redeem miles for Garuda first class. This is much cheaper than their normal redemption rates, and best I can tell you should be able to complete the entire booking process online, which is a huge plus.
Anyone considering taking advantage of this Garuda Indonesia 50% off promotion?
(Tip of the hat to jk.id)