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EVA Air–Taiwan’s second largest carrier–has announced that it will join the Star Alliance June 18, 2013. This is welcome news that will provide another option to Asia via EVA’s Taipei hub with Star Alliance miles.

EVA is already a non-alliance partner of United, so you can already use your United miles to book EVA, which may be United miles’ best option to Asia.

I wanted to write a post about how to search for award space on EVA at evaair.com, but One Mile at a Time has written up the search process perfectly, and I have nothing to add.

I did some searches today, and I found excellent business class availability for this summer to Taipei from Los Angeles and New York, with much worse availability from San Francisco.

Unfortunately due to the difficulties in searching EVA space, I didn’t do as many searches as I’d like to have a full picture of space. But I feel comfortable saying that EVA probably has the most business class space left to Asia this summer of any United partner. This is unsurprising since few United agents or people with United miles know about EVA Air, meaning the space is unlikely to be searched and ticketed.

If united.com adds the ability to search EVA space, the award space could dry up. But for now, flat bed business seats to Asia are wide open with United miles.

EVA flies to these destinations from Taipei.

from wikipedia.org

 EVA maintains a focus city in Bangkok with these direct flights.

Yes, these flights are indeed direct!

from kayak.com

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