Learn How You can Fly to Bali in First Class for Less than $200!
When I asked on Facebook and Instagram what the one thing that was preventing you from traveling more the most common answer was overwhelmingly money. These “travel hacks” I’m about to share with you have been around for years and only recently have I been using them to my advantage like a couple of weeks ago flying to Bali in first class on Korean Air then returning from Tokyo yesterday flying in Japan Airlines First Class. The best part is I paid less than $200 total for my round trip tickets.
Common Mistakes When Searching for Award Travel
The first mistake people make is not knowing how to search for award travel. People look at an airline they have miles on and assume that if the flight they’re looking for such as flying to Bali in first class isn’t there, then it isn’t available. Luckily I’ve created guides for the three major airline alliances to help you find award space for your next adventure. It also helps to know how an airline alliance works and I’ve got you covered there as well!
The next major mistake I see people make is only searching for a round trip award ticket. When I got my ticket on Korean Air to fly first class to Bali there were no round-trip tickets available as an award. Actually, I could only get to Seoul before I had to transfer to Thai Airways to get to Bali. My whole trip was a combination of 4 one-way award itineraries on each of the three different airline alliances. You can even find space available on individual legs of your journey on the same alliance and call and have them put it together.
How Many Miles does it cost to Fly to Bali in First Class?
It varies on the route and airlines alliance you’re flying, but the following is a break down of how mine worked out. My trip from Atlanta to Seoul was my first one-way award ticket, and that was 80,000 Korean Air Miles. The second leg was Seoul to Bangkok to Bali on Thai Airways, and that was 45,000 United miles. My third leg was Bali to Taipei to Tokyo on EVA Airways costing just 25,000 EVA miles. Finally, my last leg that I just completed yesterday afternoon was Tokyo to Chicago to Tampa on Japan Airlines and American cost 80,000 AAdvantage miles. All together it comes in at 230,000 miles, which seems like a lot but how I got them makes it a lot easier.
I don’t mind doing a little extra work searching and keeping track of where space is available since the same flights would have cost me $24,000 if I would have purchased them.
So How Do You Get All these Miles?
All of the miles used for this trip with the exception of the AAdvantage miles were transferred from my Chase Sapphire Reserve card and Citi Thankyou points. It’s incredible how valuable these credit card points can be with a little research and work.
I had never flown on Korean, Thai, EVA, or Japan Airlines but I was able to transfer miles to them to get the best bang for my buck. I’ve written a couple of guides detailing my favorite travel credit cards to help you earn points towards that next big trip. I’d like to note that I don’t use a debit card at all anymore. I feel like using a debit card leaves valuable points on the table and when you see that it works, I hope you will put that debit card in a safe place and start earning miles!
Now You can Fly to Bali in First Class
Or where ever you want to go! Think of that one destination you would go to if money weren’t a constraint. When you think about it, most of the time the airfare is the most expensive part! Now that isn’t always true, but with Airbnb and sites like booking.com, you can find some pretty spectacular deals on houses or hotels and still live in luxury!
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