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USA to Thailand use miles or just buy tickets?
I’m planning a trip for up to 4 adults to travel between lower 48 USA to Thailand (Bangkok or Phuket) and was wondering if it even made sense to use miles if we’re flying in economy. I’ve noticed fares from ATL-BKK on Turkish airlines for the time period we need just shy of $900 RT. The airlines I checked are charging between 75K-80K RT in economy using miles. That’s not a favorable return on my miles. I could use Thankyou or MR points and come out better than the 80k that United charges. Any thoughts? We have 3 adults traveling from ATL to either BKK or HKT in late May 2018 and 1 adult from PHX to same destinations. Just looking for any tips or idea where to start, Thanks!
You’ve made a good start in the evaluation process comparing point values to ticket prices. If you haven’t already used the airline credit from the Citi Premier or the travel credit from the Chase Sapphire Reserve that would further help reduce the cash price. Maybe you could do TY points for one ticket and use discounted prices on the other?
I agree that I would not redeem points when cash flights were available so cheap. Plus you can earn miles for a paid ticket.