Booking The Trip: A (slightly crazier) Southeast Asian Path to India

Booking The Trip: A (slightly crazier) Southeast Asian Path to India
Review: P.F Changs LAX (Priority Pass Restaurant)
Review: EVA Air 777-300ER Premium Economy Class Los Angeles to Taipei
Review: Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei Terminal 2 Zone A
Review: UNI Air A321-200 Economy Class Taipei to Seoul Incheon
Review: The Millenium Seoul Hilton
Trip Photos: A Day and a Half in Seoul
Review: Korean Air First Class Lounge Seoul Incheon
Review: Korean Air 777-300ER Kosmos Suites First Class Seoul Incheon to Bangkok
Review: Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa
Review: Cathay Pacific Lounge Bangkok
Review: Miracle Business Class Lounge Concourse G Bangkok
Review: Malaysia Airlines 737-800 Business Class Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
Review: Malaysia Airlines Satellite Golden Business Class Lounge Kuala Lumpur
Review: Kuala Lumpur A330-300 Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai
Review: SpiceJet 737-900ER SpiceMax Pune to Goa
Review: Air India A321-200 Economy Class Goa to Mumbai
Review: Air India A320Neo Economy Class Mumbai to Bengaluru
Review: Air India A319-100 Economy Class Bengaluru to Mumbai
Review: GVK International Business Class Lounge West Wing Mumbai
Review: Singapore Airlines 777-300ER Business Class Mumbai to Singapore
Review: Crowne Plaza Hotel Singapore
Review: Singapore Airlines A380-800 NEW Business Class Singapore to Hong Kong
Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Review: United Club Lounge Hong Kong
Review: Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge Hong Kong
Review: Hong Kong Airlines Club Bauhinia Lounge Hong Kong
Review: EVA Air A330-300 Premium Laurel Class Hong Kong to Taipei
Review: EVA Air 777-300ER Premium Economy Class Taipei to Los Angeles

YOUTUBE: EVA Air: Los Angeles to Taipei
YOUTUBE: UNI Air: Taipei to Seoul Incheon
YOUTUBE: Korean Air: Seoul Incheon to Bangkok
YOUTUBE: Malaysian Airlines: Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
YOUTUBE: Malaysian Airlines: Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai
YOUTUBE: SpiceJet: Pune to Goa
YOUTUBE: Air India: Goa to Mumbai
YOUTUBE: Air India: Mumbai to Bengaluru
YOUTUBE: Air India: Bengaluru to Mumbai
YOUTUBE: Singapore Airlines: Mumbai to Singapore
YOUTUBE: Singapore Airlines: Singapore to Hong Kong
YOUTUBE: EVA Air: Hong Kong to Taipei
YOUTUBE: EVA Air: Taipei to Los Angeles


Introduction

Welcome back to another exciting trip to India! This year I was the most ambitious I’ve ever been with planning this as this is probably the last time you’ll see something this crazy for a long time, so I thought I’d go all out on this one. I’ll go into more detail later. But in short, apart from visiting India as usual, I’ve also blocked out some stopovers along the way for a change. I will visit Seoul (new for me) on the way to Mumbai and¬† Singapore (haven’t visited in 6 years) on the way back. I hope you all enjoy this series of trip reports as even I’m getting excited about it as I write about it!

Bookings

A lot of thoughts went through my head when planning this one. First things first, I had a lot of Korean Air miles that were expiring, and ever since Chase cut Korean SkyPass as a transfer partner, there’s no economical way to earn Korean Air miles through transfer partners. So I was thinking of going all out and using them for a Korean air long haul first class flight. But my dad wanted to join me for my crazy routing traveling to India as well, so I wanted to have him along the ride with me. So instead I settled for a much shorter, but not too short flight so both of us could fly together. Here is what I had to choose from:

There are three daily flights on Korean Air between Seoul and Bangkok. One of them is on a 747, another on a 777-300, and the last on a 777-300ER. This was an easy pick for the 777-300ER flight. The 747 is always nice to fly in the nose while it’s still around, but the product is very dated. The same applies to the first class product on the 777-300. Plus those are on their way out, so a review wouldn’t be useful. The 777-300ER, on the other hand, has a relatively newer first class product. The cost of each ticket was 45,000 Miles as you can see below. for a 6 hour flight, that’s not bad at all!

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award cost

Now I only had around 80K miles, so I needed 10K more. With chase losing Korean Air as a transfer partner, my options were really limited down to Marriott, which gives a 3:1 transfer ratio for most of its partners. So I transferred 30K Marriott Bonvoy points to my Korean Air account and bought two first class award tickets for Seoul to Bangkok. So my routing thus far looks like this:

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Seoul to Bangkok

Of course, the next matter at hand was getting to Seoul from Los Angeles. I wanted to fly Friday night on one of the overnight Asian airlines if possible as that would get me the best timings. So the choices were down to ANA, EVA, and Asiana. Oh, and they had to be star alliance too of course ūüėČ. In the end, I chose EVA, but that’s not all. We opted to fly Premium economy rather than just economy. Like I said above we were going all out on this one. So here were my options on the outbound journey:

EVA outbound options
Options

Here is the routing I ended up choosing:

This was perfect, though the sucky part about this is that the second flight is operated by Uni Airways. This is an EVA subsidiary and no Star Alliance gold benefits apply here unless you have status through Eva’s own program. I won’t even earn any miles of any sort, award or Premier Qualifying, on that flight.

EVA outbound journey
Outbound itinerary

But I didn’t just book a one way out of this for me as that would’ve been expensive. So for the return journey, I actually did a multi-city returning from Hong Kong. Remember, at the end of this journey, we are going to India, so somewhere that’s relatively closer to India is a good starting point. So here are the return journey options I had:

EVA inbound options
flight options

Here is the journey I chose:

EVA inbound journey
return journey

However there’s one more thing. Since the HKG to TPE flights were booked in Y class, I could use the Star Alliance upgrade tool to upgrade my flight using united miles. So the Hong Kong to Taipei flight was originally booked in economy, but now its upgraded to premium laurel class.

Thankfully, all EVA segments here were operated by EVA. With that being said, the route map that I’ve booked currently looks like this:

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route map

The next step was getting to Mumbai from Bangkok. We could’ve flown Thai, but I already flew that exact flight last year, so that was a no. The other was a non-stop flight on Air India, which would’ve been nice, but my dad wanted to try to avoid them since they always have had massive delays in his experience. So that killed our non-stop star alliance options. Singapore Airlines was way too pricey, so with great sadness¬†we decided to try OneWorld options. Two options came to mind: Malaysia Air and Sri Lankan Air. I went with Malaysia Air first.

The price was decent and I got an itinerary that I liked a lot. So I went with that for my flight to Mumbai. The first flight is a couple hours and operated by a 737-800 with MH’s regional configuration whereas the second flight is A330 operated and has MH’s international configuration, so that should also be a good flight.

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MH flight options

It’s unfortunate that it isn’t star alliance, but that’s ok. At least it will reset the timer for the expiration of my AAdvantage miles.

So here is a map of my flights booked at this point:

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route map

Now looking at what we have and what we don’t have, the only void is getting from Mumbai to Hong Kong on the return. This took me a while given how much we had spent up to this point and what I wanted to fly. Thankfully, star alliance options were plentiful here, and so I ultimately was split between a couple options:

  • Thai Royal Silk Mumbai-Bangkok-Hong Kong
  • Singapore Business Mumbai-Singapore-Hong Kong
  • Air India Executive Mumbai-Delhi-Hong Kong

I eliminated Thai since I’d flown them Mumbai to Bangkok last year and so that would’ve been repetitive. Air India was quite tempting since Delhi has an Air India executive lounge, a silverKris lounge, and an LH Senator & Business lounge which would’ve made for 4 reviews. However, I decided to savor this for another time and I went with Singapore. Also with the new Jewel built in Changi Airport, and relatives in Singapore, I decided to toss in a one-day stopover as well to visit the city again and such.

So to book this, I booked a multi-city one way with first my outbound flight from Mumbai to Singapore. SQ has two daily flights between Singapore and Mumbai. The red-eye flight is the one that always works best for me so I chose that one. It also happened that the option I wanted was the cheaper one. Rs.2000 (~$28) really isn’t that much, but still good to have that much more.

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Mumbai-Singapore options

This would put me in Singapore on the¬† 3rd morning and I wanted to spend that full day in Singapore. After that day, I wanted to fly out the next day morning. As noted above, I had an EVA flight in HKG to make which departs at 7:35 PM. But I also wanted a good amount of time in HKG to explore all the Star Alliance lounges that I can. Best case scenario, get to HKG as early as possible. However, SQ’s earliest flight is at 7:30AM (as seen by all the options below) and operated by a business class product that will not be around for long. the 9:55 AM flight worked perfectly for two reasons:

  1. The aircraft operating it was an A380 with SQ’s new business class product on it
  2. My mother was traveling back with me from Mumbai and staying with me in Singapore. From SIN, she was flying straight back to LA on SQ12 via Narita which leaves at 9:30 AM, so the timing works out perfectly in terms of heading to the airport at the same time, helping her with check-in bags, lounging together, etc…
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SIN-HKG options

So ultimately I chose SQ856 9:55AM departure arriving just shy of 2PM into HKG. Hopefully, this will be enough time to check out the three lounges that I want to see in HKG and maybe a 4th contract lounge if time permits.

Now my route map looks like this in total.

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route map

At this point, I have all my flights to and from India. However, I also have some internal flying within India. So let’s get to that now.

First one was that I had to get from Pune, my hometown where I’d be for most of the trip, to Goa. Of course the priority would be to try and fly Air India since they are star alliance. Fortunately, Air India does have a direct flight from Pune to Goa. However, on the other hand, I also wanted to try a new airline. I knew the rest of my intra-India flights would be Air India, so I wanted to try another airline. Local Indian carrier SpiceJet is what came to my mind.

With SpiceJet, there are four different classes of travel (three as of the time I booked).

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SpiceJet

I decided to go with SpiceMax which is basically like a premium economy. Lately, SpiceJet has been taking over some of Jet Airway’s planes and because Jet Airways’s planes have business class, SpiceJet introduced their own business class called “SpiceBiz”. But Between Pune and Goa where I am flying, they operate an actual SpiceJet plane meaning it only has normal seats and SpiceMax seats. So this got me to Goa.

Next I needed to get from Goa to Bengaluru. Great news! Air India has a direct flight from Goa to Bengaluru.

Bad News! Anyone else want to fly out at that time and arrive at that time?

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Nope

Nope, neither do I. So that was not an option. The next option was of course with layovers. However Air India’s website is a bit unique. If you try to find a flight between two cities where a flight does not exist, the website will throw a tantrum. So in the case of my flight, it only showed the direct flight and not any other flight options with connections.

So in order to search itinerary with connections, you actually have to do it via the multi-city booking option, which is what I did as shown below. Now for this trip to Bengaluru, things worked best if I arrived in the vicinity of 11 AM. Thankfully there was a flight from Mumbai to Bengaluru that got me in at 11:10. Though this meant I would have to take either the 4AM or 7AM flight from Goa to get to Mumbai on time. 7 AM was cutting is a bit close but 4 AM was way, way too early, so I took the gamble with the 7 AM flight. I was most looking forward to the full-ish meal service that Air India would have on the Mumbai to Bengaluru sector.

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flight selections

And of course, now that I was in Bengaluru, I needed to get back to either Mumbai or Pune. Rather than having to fly back to Pune and then drive to Mumbai, I decided to just fly to Mumbai and my mother who would already be in Pune would just bring all of our stuff to our relative’s place in Mumbai a few days earlier.

Air India was the clear choice here and they have plenty of straight options flying from Bengaluru to Mumbai.

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Flight Options

The 3rd flight suited my schedule best so I went with that one. Getting back to Mumbai now positions me for the return part of my trip, which I already showed my bookings with Singapore Airlines to get from Mumbai to Hong Kong, and then the continuation of my EVA multi-city booking from Hong Kong back to Los Angeles.

With that flight booked, this brings intra-India flight map to this:

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Intra-India flights

With that booked, here’s my full routing for all flights. All 25,829 miles.

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full routing

Seats

LAX-TPE

From Los Angeles to Taipei, I had originally selected 25K as my seat. Bear in mind rows 24 and 21 do not have windows at the window seats. Then 22K opened up a few weeks later so I chose that. The end goal was a row 20 window seat which is blocked for EVA Diamond members If I recall correctly. Then the day of the flight I got to the check in desk early to see if it was still available and asked for it. The agent made a phone call (probably to a manager) and was able to get me 20K. Score! You’ll see in the trip reports why this seat is so much better than the rest.

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EVA LAX-TPE seat

TPE-ICN

This was a UNI A321 operated flight. Because this whole ticket was a premium economy ticket, and this aircraft only had business and economy, I was booked into the Y fare on this flight and that afforded me the ability to choose a seat in the forward section of the economy cabin. So I went with seat 24K.

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seat 24K

ICN-BKK

For Korean Air, since it was first class, there wasn’t too much thought. Most people would like the “iconic” seat 1A but I prefer the right side and a view of the wing if possible at all. So I went with seat 2J for me and 2E for my dad.

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Seat 2J

BKK-KUL

For this flight, I just arbitrarily picked row 3’s right side seats. There wasn’t too much thought or any reasoning that went into this.

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MH seat

KUL-BOM

MH’s A330 business class is in a staggered configuration. Ideally, I would’ve gone with a “throne seat” on this aircraft, which you’ll see what I mean in the trip report if you don’t know what that is, but I was traveling with my dad, so no throne seat and instead I just chose two pair seats on the right side of the aircraft.

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MH seats

PNQ-GOI

For SpiceJet, since I was traveling on a SpiceMax ticket, I was given the three front rows to choose from. I just randomly chose 3F for no reason at all.

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spicejet

GOI-BOM

Man oh man have times changed. These seats used to be free way back If I remember, though now, forget star alliance gold members, they aren’t even free for the highest elite members of Air India’s own program.

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BOM-BLR

The next flight was a bit longer and since I was sitting in a normal legroom seat, I wanted to try the bulkhead seat to get a sense of what every seat is like on this aircraft is like.

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BLR-BOM

For this flight, I’m on an A319 so I just chose the seat right behind the bulkhead seat.

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seat 4F

BOM-SIN

For now, I chose 17K, however I will try to book into seat 15K if possible. Right now 15K is blocked by SQ for bassinet seat, so if it opens at any point, I will definitely select 15F and 15K for my mom and me respectively.

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row 15

SIN-HKG

Here, I chose 12A for my seat. Ideally I would’ve liked a seat on the right side, but this was the forward most seat I could get on the right side. Of course I will wait until row 11 opens up but this is it for now.

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seat

HKG-TPE

For my premium laurel class flight, I chose the last seat on the right side at 10K.

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EVA seat

TPE-LAX

Just like my flight from LAX, best I could do for my seat is 22K. However when I arrive at Hong Kong Airport from Singapore, I will most definitely try and switch into 20K if possible.

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EVA premium economy seat

Lounges

Los Angeles (LAX)

  • PF Changs Restaurant (Priority Pass)

At LAX, Since I’m flying out with a Star Alliance carrier and I have Star Alliance gold, I have access to the star alliance business class lounge, however, I will be traveling with more than just a guest, so I won’t be able to use the star alliance lounge here. So, we resorted to using priority pass in some form. The two choices were the Korean Air Lounge or PF Changs restaurant. However, the KAL lounge only accepts passengers between 1 and 8PM. Outside of those hours, access is limited to Skyteam premium cabin flyers and elite members. So we decided to go PF changs and have a look at that.

Taipei Taoyuan (TPE)

  • Plaza Premium Lounge Terminal 2 Zone A

The next flight was operated by UNI Air, which even though its the regional subsidiary of EVA, a full star alliance member, UNI Air itself is not a star alliance member. So I wouldn’t be able to use any EVA lounges or other Star Alliance Lounges. Additionally, I still had more than one guest so this wasn’t possible. Instead we used priority pass and used one of the Plaza premium lounge in terminal 2.

Seoul Incheon (ICN)

  • Korean Air First Class Lounge

Since I was flying in First class from Seoul to Bangkok, I would be using the first class lounge. I could’ve also checked out the business class lounges, though I thought I’d save that for another time.

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)

  • Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge
  • Miracle Business Class Lounge Concourse G

Flying MH out of BKK, they give you access to the Miracle Lounges, however you can also use any of the One World lounges. Japan Airlines also had a lounge, though it was closed during the hours I was at the airport, so I used the Cathay Lounge and the Miracle Lounge in concourse G

Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

  • Malaysia Airlines Satellite Golden Business Class Lounge

There are two OneWorld business class Lounges in Kuala Lumpur. First is Malaysia Airline’s main lounge, and the other is the Cathay lounge. I only had time for one, so I chose the MH lounge of course.

I’ll be flying through Bengaluru, Pune, and Goa after Kuala Lumpur and there’s no new lounges to review here since Pune and Goa don’t have lounges and the lounge Star Alliance Gold members can use in Bengaluru will close the day I fly out so no lounge there.

Mumbai (BOM)

  • GVK International Business Class Lounge West Wing

Mumbai has an interesting lounge setup. They have one lounge for their domestic premium flyers out of T2, and 3 lounges for international premium flyers. I’ve already reviewed the GVK Domestic Business Class Lounge which is for domestic business class flyers, and those with usually the 2nd tier of elite status and higher traveling with their airline. I’ve also reviewed one of the international lounges which is the GVK International Business Class Lounge East Wing. This one of two business class lounges that you can access. The international airlines choose which of the two lounges to send their passengers to and both business class lounges are really nice, but the lounge I will be reviewing in this trip is better. The 3rd international lounge is the First class section of the West wing business class lounge and I’ll definitely try to get myself in here at some point.

In Singapore, I’ve reviewed the SilverKris Business Class lounge in terminal 3 and the SilverKris business class lounge in terminal 2, so nothing new there.

Hong Kong (HKG)

  • Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge
  • United Club Lounge
  • Thai Royal Orchid Lounge
  • Hong Kong Airlines Club Bauhinia Lounge

An EVA business class ticket affords access to 4 lounges. You can access the 3 different star alliance lounges because of EVA being a part of Star Alliance, and also EVA has a contract with the Hong Kong Club Bauhinia Lounge so you can use that lounge as well. For a 1.5 hour flight, you got yourself a good deal.

Hotels

Now with this itinerary, I had one night in Seoul, 1 night in Bangkok, and 1 night in Singapore. So I had some hotels I was staying at as well that I thought I’d toss in some reviews of those as well. I have Marriott Gold Elite and Hilton Honors Gold Status, so my priority was those hotels.

Millenium Seoul Hilton

In Seoul, I was debating between a bunch of Marriott properties, or Hilton. This property the Millenium Seoul Hilton had the perfect location. It was right in central Seoul, right next to the Seoul Station (kind of (more on this in the review)) and so I chose this with a delux King room for 40,000 HHonors points. I also get free lounge access and breakfast as one of my status perks.

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Millenium Seoul Hilton

Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi Airport

In Bangkok, we needed a hotel relatively close to the airport. Unfortunately, nothing was super close to the airport and most hotels were in proper Bangkok which can be a mess to  go to/from in traffic. The best option was the Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi which was only 20 minutes from the airport. Despite Le Meridien hotels being the upper tier of Marriott Hotels, this was in Thailand so everything was super cheap. A double cost a mere USD $88 which was pretty good for this hotel.

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hotel

The last place was Singapore. This one was tricky. We definitely needed a place right next to Changi since my mother and I were flying out early. Unfortunately, no Marriott or Hilton is right next to the airport surprisingly. So we decided to go with the well known Crowne Plaza hotel which is an IHG property. I didn’t have any IHG points and the room cost either 40,000 IHG club points or $212 for the night we were staying. 40,000 points sounded much better so I went with that. I didn’t have any IHG points, so I transferred 40,000 over from Chase Ultimate Rewards and an interesting thing happened. I check my IHG account which has no status because I don’t ever stay with IHG but after the 40,000 points came, I now have Platinum elite status! Wow! I didn’t understand why that point transfer caused a status upgrade but I certainly wasn’t going to complain.

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Hotel Choices

Here is the room I chose.

Crowne Plaza Hotel booking
Room

And that marks all my hotel bookings!

Earnings and Cost

For the EVA flights (LAX-TPE-ICN,HKG-TPE-LAX), the total cost was $1841.16. Now let’s calculate the earnings. I’m crediting these to my United MileagePlus account. Here is the earning chart for United miles on EVA air travel.

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UA chart for EVA travel

The distance from LAX to TPE is 6,799 miles. My premium economy flight was booked into the T class fare so 6,799 * 1.15 should earn me 7,819 miles for the first flight. For Premier Qualifying miles, I earn 100% of the distance for T class, so I’d earn 6,799 Premier Qualifying miles and 1 Premier Qualifying segment for the first flight.

Unfortunately for the second flight from Taipei to Seoul, because it’s a UNI Air operated flight, I earn 0 miles and segments of any kind since it’s not a member of star alliance. Only members of EVA’s frequent flyer program can earn anything useful for this flight.

On the return segment, the flight from HKG to Taipei is 501 miles booked into the Y fare. So I would earn the full 501 miles. Even though my flight is a premium laurel class flight, i upgraded into that class and my original booking fare was economy in the Y bracket, which makes for 501 miles. Then I would also earn 501 Premier Qualifying miles and 1 premier qualifying segment.

On the last leg from TPE to LAX, I would earn exactly the same earnings as my outbound flight since its the same T fare class, same distance, but heading in the opposite direction. So I would earn 7819 miles, 6799 premier qualifying miles, and 1 premier qualifying segment. All in all from all the EVA flights, I would earn 16,139 MileagePlus Miles, 14,099 Premier Qualifying Miles, and 3 Premier Qualifying Segments. Unfortunately, no Premier Qualifying dollars are earned here since the ticket wasn’t booked with United.

For the Korean Air Flight, I used miles, so I wouldn’t earn anything. The cost for two award tickets in First class was 90,000 SkyPass Miles + $68 in taxes.

Next up was the Malaysia Airlines flights. I credited my flights from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai to my AAdvantage account. Here is the chart for Malaysia Airlines Travel earnings on AAdvantage.

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Earning chart.

As much as I am a Star Alliance Guy, one thing that I really have to give credit for to AA is that they still hand out elite qualifying dollars even on flights not booked through AA’s website. I reallt wish UA did this. It would make maintaining status a whole lot easier and not requiring me to take more UA flights to do so. Anyways, the earnings posted for those flights already and here’s what it looks like.

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Earnings

I’m not too sure how AA calculates the distances but each of those base miles is a whole 23 miles less than what the distance is on GCMAPPER. I’m not sure what they are doing. But in short, I earned 3,964 AAdvantage Miles,¬†4,433 Elite Qualifying Miles, $739 Elite qualifying Dollars, and 2 Elite Qualifying Segments. I’m not exactly going for AA status but I’ll certainly take the earnings. The cost for this ticket was 18,515 Thai Bhat which is $592 as of the time of booking.

Next up are the Intra india segments. The first flight was on SpiceJet which isn’t partners with any useful program. I figured might as well credit it to my SpiceClub account and who knows in due time what might happen. However, the 3 flights on Air India are all worth something so let’s check those out. Here is the earnings chart for UA miles earning for Air India travel:

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Air India Chart United MileagePlus

My flights from Goa to Mumbai to Bengaluru to Mumbai amount to 1,297 miles in total and all were booked into the S class. This earns only 50% of the total miles flown so 649 miles, and 50% PQMs with no PQS counted sadly. So I only earn 649 MileagePlus Miles and 649 Premier Qualifying Miles. The cost for all these flights was 7143 + 3543 INR = 10686 Rupees = $154.

Lastly is the earnings and cost of the Singapore Airlines flights. Here is the chart for Singapore Airlines earning on United.

My flights from Mumbai to Singapore to Hong Kong are booked in the D class and amount to 4,023 miles. With that, I earn 4,023 MileagePlus Miles, 4,023 Premier Qualifying Miles, and 2 Premier Qualifying Segments. The

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Singapore Airlines Chart United MileagePlus

Flight Overview:

Airline: EVA Air
Route: Los Angeles to Taipei Taoyuan
Flight Number: BR 15
Date: 1 June 2019
Departure Time: 12:50 PM
Arrival Time: 5:45 AM (+1 days)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Cabin: Premium Economy

Airline: UNI Airways
Route: Taipei Taoyuan to Seoul Incheon
Flight Number: B7 170
Date: 2 June 2019
Departure Time: 7:30 AM
Arrival Time: 11:00 AM
Aircraft: Airbus A321-200SL
Cabin: Economy

Airline: Korean Air
Route: Seoul Incheon to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
Flight Number: KE 659
Date: 3 June 2019
Departure Time: 7:45 PM
Arrival Time: 11:50 PM
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Cabin: First

Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Route: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Kuala Lumpur
Flight Number: MH 789
Date: 4 June 2019
Departure Time: 2:15 PM
Arrival Time: 5:30 PM
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800W
Cabin: Business

Airline: Malaysia Airlines
Route: Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai
Flight Number: MH 194
Date: 4 June 2019
Departure Time: 7:50 PM
Arrival Time: 10:25 PM
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Cabin: Business

Airline: SpiceJet
Route: Pune to Goa
Flight Number: SJ 516
Date: 26 June 2019
Departure Time: 12:20 PM
Arrival Time: 1:30 PM
Aircraft: Boeing 737-900ER
Cabin: SpiceMax

Airline: Air India
Route: Goa to Mumbai
Flight Number: AI 608
Date: 28 June 2019
Departure Time: 7:00 AM
Arrival Time: 8:15 AM
Aircraft: Airbus A321Neo
Cabin: Economy

Airline: Air India
Route: Mumbai to Bengaluru
Flight Number: AI 639
Date: 28 June 2019
Departure Time: 9:20 AM
Arrival Time: 11:10 AM
Aircraft: Airbus A321Neo
Cabin: Economy

Airline: Air India
Route: Bengaluru to Mumbai
Flight Number: AI 608
Date: 30 June 2019
Departure Time: 5:25 PM
Arrival Time: 7:10 PM
Aircraft: Airbus A319-100
Cabin: Economy

Airline: Singapore Airlines
Route: Mumbai to Singapore
Flight Number: SQ 423
Date: 2 July 2019
Departure Time: 11:40 PM
Arrival Time: 7:40 AM (+1 day)
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Cabin: Business

Airline: Singapore Airlines
Route: Singapore to Hong Kong
Flight Number: SQ 856
Date: 4 July 2019
Departure Time: 9:55 AM
Arrival Time: 1:55 PM
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Cabin: Business

Airline: EVA
Route: Hong Kong to Taipei Taoyuan
Flight Number: BR 872
Date: 4 July 2019
Departure Time: 7:35 PM
Arrival Time: 9:30 PM
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
Cabin: Premium Laurel (Business)

Airline: EVA
Route: Taipei Taoyuan to Los Angeles
Flight Number: BR 16
Date: 4 July 2019
Departure Time: 11:55 PM
Arrival Time: 9:25 PM
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Cabin: Premium Economy

Conclusion

Phew! That took a while to put together (the trip and this post). But I hope you all enjoy what’s to come and please do ask at any time if you have any questions about anything at all. Also please do let me know if you catch any mistakes. I can’t wait to share this trip with you all but until next time! Cheers!

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