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Best Credit Card for Asia Flight
I’m new to the air miles situation, so I’ve been shopping credit card offers as we’d like to fly business class from LAX to Thailand.
So far it looks like the Chase Saphire, SPG Amex, and Alaska Bank of America visa card appear to be the front runners. I don’t know how to choose between them given our plans. Please help!
I’m new to the whole miles thing, so I’ve been searching credit card offers for a trip I’d like to book from LAX to Thailand. I’d like to fly business class.
I’ve narrowed down my research to Chase Saphire, SPG amex, and B of A Alaska Air Visa card. Is there a better new card offer than these? Which of these would be best?? What’s he best program to be apart of? Help!
Hi Lorrie–it will likely take a combination of a few cards. J tickets to BKK will run you from 50,000 miles on CX via Alaska to 80,000 for the most common US carriers. If you have not had them before you are eligible for the SPG cards with the increased bonuses you could get about 83,000 SPG after spend which would translate into 103,000 airline miles. If you have not had more than five new credit card accounts as a primary or secondary user in the past two years and live near a Chase branch you could also go in and try to get the improved bonus for a Chase Sapphire Reserve (expires in March). Between these three cards you should hopefully have enough options via transfer to finagle J seats to BKK and back. If you can’t get the CSR you could go for the CSP and Freedom and Freedom Unlimited to rack up some UR points.
Keep in mind that booking with miles and points is always subject to capacity controlled availability. If you are locked into specific dates and schedules mileage redemptions may not work well.
So you’re recommending to get more than one card? Which is the best points program to use for buying award tickets?
J class is a common abbreviation for Business Class. CX is the IATA abbreviation for Cathay Pacific.
The “best” mileage program is the one that has tickets available on your dates for a reasonable amount of miles. 🙂 What [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER] is saying is that you’re going to need at least 100K points for one ticket so it’s very possible you’ll need more than one card.
Have you read through the beginner series under the Start Here tab at the top? While there are certainly great deals to be had using miles, it also requires some flexibility. If you’re set on specific dates or your booking date is relatively soon, the flights you need might not be available.