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Then you can redeem those points for $1,800 in flights on any airline, five roundtrips flights to Hawaii or Europe, getting three people into Thai or Korean First Class, or up to 32 award flights.
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Trip Report: Thai Dreamliner Business Class from Nagoya to Bangkok

Thai 647
Central Japan International Airport (NGO) - Bangkok (BKK)
Depart: 12:30 AM on Friday January 1, 2016
Arrive: 5:10 AM
Duration: 6:40
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Seat: 15F Royal Silk (Business)

Last month I booked myself Thai Business Class for 36,000 LifeMiles + $47 to get from Japan, where I spent five days, to Thailand to meet my friend.

I woke up the morning of my flight in Kyoto and took a train to Nagoya. Unfortunately all the sites I wanted to see in Nagoya were closed for New Year's Eve.

Thai First Class: 9 Hours for 40,000 United Miles Wide Open

Thai Airways First Class on its 747 operates daily between Bangkok and Sydney.