There’s amazing availability to and from Asia using Star Alliance member EVA Air.
EVA Air offers a business class product that’s four abreast on the Boeing 777-300ER. That means all aisle access. The seat is reverse herringbone and very similar to what Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, and others offer. It’s one of the best business class seats in the sky in my opinion.
And it’s wide open for 4 passengers from all North American gateways starting in February.
They offer pre-order meals in their business (“Royal Laurel”) class and onboard internet.
Starting in February award space is wide open on all of EVA’s North American routes for 4 passengers in both economy and business class. United’s website award calendar shows dates where business class is available with dots, and economy with dashes. This space matches what Aeroplan is showing as well.
Only San Francisco’s availability, while still good, is limited. Other cities have space almost every day, and in both directions, though Taipei – North America is a little bit tighter.
Here’s New York JFK – Taipei for four passengers, with business and economy available across the board.
The same is true in the other direction, Taipei – New York JFK.
Availability is amazing out of Houston.
Houston gets EVA Air’s Hello Kitty service.
Availability is amazing out of Los Angeles.
You’ll find the same scenario for Toronto and for Chicago as well.
Although here’s what I mean by ‘tighter’ from San Francisco for four passengers:
You can use flights to Taipei as a great jumping point to Northeast Asia, China, and Southeast Asia using EVA’s extensive route network:
- United charges 80,000 each way between the US and North or South Asia for business class awards. Chase points transfer to United.
- LifeMiles charges 75,000 each way between the US and North Asia and 78,00 between the US and South Asia for business class awards. LifeMiles frequently sells miles cheap.
- Aeroplan charges 75,000 each way between the US and Asia south to Hong Kong, and 77,500 each way between the US and South Asia for business class awards. Membership Rewards points transfer to Aeroplan.
(HT: Don’t Call the Airline)