Has anyone tried booking Sydney-Seoul-Palau Business Class for 45K on a Star Alliance carrier?

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Hi,

I know that the Thai Orchid program is largely written off (rightly so) given the outrageous mileage costs, but I’ve found what might be an interesting option and wanted to know if anyone has booked it or can confirm that I’m reading this correctly. I’m looking to book a trip to Palau, and Thai groups Australia and Palau in the same region, with a cost of 45,000 points in J on a Star Alliance carrier. This seems like a fantastic deal, given that Australia and NZ are in different regions and price out at 50,000 for a simple Sydney – Auckland flight in business.

So, can anyone confirm? Asiana flight via Seoul to Palau from Sydney for 45K in J? I’m not sure if the chart is return or one way, but either way as an Amex partner it seems a good deal.

Does anyone have experience booking awards with Thai airways?

Thanks

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Hi,

The award chart on this page is for return flights. So 45000 sounds like not a bad deal if you can get it to work.

I had a quick look, SYD-ROR requires at least 1 stop in Seoul if flying with Asiana.

Personally, I am not very familiar with the routing rules for award flights via Thai Orchid with Asiana.

If you are keen, ring Thai Orchid up and confirm. Thai Airways generally have pretty good award availabilities.

  • Thanks – nice to know I’m reading that right. I’ll give them a ring, I’m pretty sure the flight would need to avoid Thai and fly star alliance only since a different chart applies to TG. I’ll post my findings. For divers, this would be phenomenal value I think, esp as an Amex MR partner. My current trip involves SG (~47K points) simply to get to Manila, with paid flights to Palau from there…

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Hey this sounds amazing, especially for a keen diver. The big question for me is how to get 45,000 star alliance points? I have 300k odd velocity points and 90k odd QFF points but never really fly with Star Alliance members. Any suggestions?

  • Thai airlines is a transfer option for a number of credit cards, Amex (not bank issued) being one. The Platinum charge card has 100,000 membership rewards points that would transfer 1:1 to Thai. Other less expensive cards also transfer to Thai – the new Amex Explorer, the Platinum Edge etc. With the points in MR, you can decide which program to put them into.

  • Thanks Chris, so Thai is generally the airline to target for star alliance? I have kept my head in the sand on that one. I already have an Amex issued card and cashed in 110k velocity when it came around, but if you have luck with this Palau route please post because it looks amazingly cheap. I’ll have to steer clear of Amex issued cards for 18 months I think before I can go getting another bonus offer though. Thanks for the heads up

  • I wouldn’t put any miles from flying into Thai, their redemptions are generally poor. When I fly United later in January I’ll put those miles either into United or Singapore, likely the latter. I wouldn’t consider Thai, other than I’ve found this one interesting possibility. For this I’d look to transfer a flexible currency like Amex and do the redemption immediately. Unfortunately I’ve already booked and paid for this trip using a combination of SG points to Manila one way, cash on United to get around Micronesia and then cash to fly QF on the way back. But next time…

    Still haven’t had a chance to call

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One way I might add

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