Earning the miles for award travel is only half the fun. Once you’ve got all those points redeeming them for a trip is both a challenge and an adventure. And, depending on the program where the miles live, the challenge can vary significantly in difficulty. With SkyTeam the options into Asia are getting better, but they still have some limitations. Coverage is limited though China Southern and Vietnam Airlines offer long-haul flights out of the region as well as some internal coverage within the region. And, more importantly, searching for award space on them is actually really easy!
Want to fly in the flat beds of China Southern’s new A380 between LAX and Guangzhou, China (CAN)? Turns out there is a lot of inventory out there, at least from the days I was checking. Gary notes that these are flat beds, though Delta also is charging a fuel surcharge on the flights. Still, better than not actually getting to redeem the awards, right?
I’m not sure why the underlying data source is showing the flight arriving +1 rather than +2 but the inventory is accurate.
There’s even an option to set up email alerts if the inventory you’re looking for isn’t available when the initial search is performed.
While Vietnam Airlines doesn’t fly to the USA they do offer a number of other connectivity options within and to the region. Definitely something worth considering.
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