A couple of years ago I wrote about flying for as little as 5000 points.
That’s the Japan Airlines Mileage Bank promotional discount for travel on their partner Bangkok Airways. I wrote about the offer shortly after it was launched.
Here’s the discounted award chart:
For under 1000 miles, they give examples:
- Bangkok-Siem Riep
- Bangkok-Koh Samui
For 1001 – 2000 miles, they give examples:
- Singapore-Koh Samui
- Bangkok-Phuket-Chiang Mai-Bangkok
The promotion applies to economy redemptions only.
You can transfer Starwood points to JAL, but the transfer isn’t instant. It’s just once a week, so I’ve always suggested planning on about a week for things to go through. Bookings need to be made by phone with no award holds available.
I’ve found availability pretty good on most routes in the past, although Koh Samui can be tight.
If you’re going to be traveling around Southeast Asia, have a look at the Bangkok Airways route map. This award sale certainly offers some bargains. They offer service to some interesting, underserved markets as well such as Luang Prabang and Ventiane, Yangon, Dhaka, Siem Reap, and Male.
And if you do travel on Bangkok Airways, join their FlyerBonus program because membership alone entitles you to an extra 10kg baggage allowance.
- Trip Report: Bangkok Airways, Bangkok – Koh Samui (Business Class)
- Trip Report: Bangkok Airways, Koh Samui – Bangkok (Business Class