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first class to bkk
I am new to the mileage game but am learning. I have started with the spg card and chase ink. I only spend less than 4000 / mo so i have to watch spend requirements closely. What cards and mileage awards should i concentrate on to ultimately end up with two first class tickets to thailand?
I noticed spg gives bonuses when transferring to partner airlines. I have not figured out all the partnerships and possibilities between the different frequent flyer programs and point programs.
You best bet for F to BKK would be Emirates, Cathay and Singapore in my opinion.
The Frequentmiler keep an Google spreadsheet on transferring miles. Post is old, but the spreadsheet is keep up to date.
Cathay can be booked true both AA and Alaska
Emirates can be booked true Alaska
Singapore is best booked true their own program Krisflyer and transfer is possible true both SPG and Chase plus a number of other points currencies.
SPG points can be transferred to both AA and Alaska.
To generate more Alaska miles consider signing up for their credit cards should give you 50K miles after first purchase.
For AA miles pick up one or more AA card from Citi.
Links to both Alaska and AA cards you can find here.
Other options would be ANA/THAI with a plan change in Tokyo or Korean Air
Korean Air frequent flyer program is a transfer partner true both SPG and Chase.
ANA/THAI can be booked true both United miles transferred from Chase or Aeroplan miles transferred from SPG.
Neither AF or LH fly to BKK and Swiss can not be booked unless you are an elite with Miles & More I think. China Southern is best avoided.
I have found that F availability on thai airways from europe (FRA, CDG) to BKK is pretty good. If on the east coast a LH/TG combo could be worthwhile,especially if you are a Star Alliance flyer, though LH only opens F awards T-15.