US Airways’ Dividend Miles is one of my favorite programs out there, especially given how often they sell miles at under two cents each. I’ve covered the basics of Dividend Miles in this post, where I point out that one of my very favorite redemptions is for travel between the US and North Asia. They charge just 90,000 miles in business class or 120,000 miles in first class roundtrip, and you can even route via Europe with a free stopover there. In this post I covered the basics of booking such an award, which is one of the very best values in the industry.
The price for travel to South Asia is substantially more, though, as US Airways charges 120,000 miles for business class or 160,000 miles for first class. That’s an increase of 30,000 and 40,000 miles, respectively. This includes destinations like Bangkok, Singapore, Bali, etc.
What I often recommend to people is to book a US Airways award as far as Hong Kong (which is considered North Asia), and then a separate ticket using British Airways Avios to South Asia, since it can end up being quite a bit cheaper.
That being said there’s another great value at least worth mentioning. Take a look at the US Airways award chart below:
Yes, while travel from the USA/Canada to South & Central Asia is 120,000 miles in business class or 160,000 miles in first class, travel from the Caribbean to South & Central Asia is 90,000 miles in business class or 120,000 miles in first class, the same rates that are charged to North Asia.
Anyway, this is quite an opportunity if you ask me. Flights to San Juan are typically quite inexpensive, and if you can save 30,000-40,000 miles by positioning there for an award ticket, I’d say that’s probably an even better value than booking an award to North Asia and positioning to South Asia from there.
Hopefully some of you can benefit from that.
(Tip of the hat to Justin Ross Lee, pictured below with whom I suspect is “my” airline’s future CEO)