How & When to Fly Thai 1st Class, MileagePlus Sweetspot Devaluing in 3 Months

It only costs 40,000 United miles to fly Thai Airways First Class between South Asia and Australia/New Zealand. A flight between Bangkok and Sydney is nine hours long. 40k is an incredible price for the travel time and quality of the product.

Sadly on November 1 of this year, the price will increase to 65,000 miles. That is not an unreasonable price, but the award will certainly lose its sweetspot status. The devaluation of this international award is not the only change we'll see to MileagePlus this fall.

Trip Report: Thai Royal Orchid Spa in Bangkok with Free Hour Long Massage

This review is a continuation of my huge US Airways redemption that I wrote about back in this post. I reviewed Swiss Business Class: Boston to Zurich and Thai First Class: Paris to Bangkok on an A380 already.

This post focuses on Thai's famous Royal Orchid Spa for First Class passengers, and the incredible complimentary massage I received!

Our hulking A380 pulled up to the gate at 6:00 AM Bangkok time, with my internal clock completely out of sorts.

Trip Report: Thai Airways First Class on an A380 from Paris to Bangkok

This review is a continuation of my huge US Airways redemption that I wrote about back in this post.

Anatomy of an Award: First Class in a Thai A380 for 65k United Miles

I continually fail to enforce a moratorium on award booking for myself. I want to finish flying all the awards I have lined up and have no more scheduled. Not only would I have the freedom to spontaneously plan my next trip on a moment's notice, but I could take advantage of last-second-only deals like Lufthansa First Class with United miles.

But sometimes I can't help myself. Four months ago I booked my favorite award to date, using 100k US Airways miles to string together 4 longhaul business class segments and four continents.