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Planning an Around the World Trip
Hello Lucky / All – I am currently planning a 2-3 week, around the world trip in first class and would love some advice on carriers, routing, tips, redemption etc..Over the past year or so I have accrued about 600k points between UR/ MR/ TYP ( although I’m not adverse to buying Alaska miles for Cathay Pacific. ) Planning on starting from LAX and stopping in Europe, Bali, Japan, and Australia at the very least.
Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.
Having researched all the programs, in my opinion Asia Miles has one of the best around the world program. For 220K in business or 335K in first you can fly up to 50,000 miles with 5 stopovers and aren’t limited to one direction like other programs. However you have to be careful with Oneworld carriers as there might be surcharges. Your itinerary could be handled with Cathay easily and they have excellent availability within their own program. Maybe even a Qatar segment or two and those charges aren’t too bad. Keep in mind many flights on that side of the earth do not have first class.
Star Alliance and SkyTeam airlines have around the world programs as well, with many having surcharges too. They requires one directional travel. Some of these are decent programs. I would use a service that can find you the best opportunity based on your specific requirements.