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Citibank ThankYou points transfer partner and SkyTeam member Garuda Indonesia just introduced online award booking last month. Until then you had to ticket in person at a sales office (there are only four in the U.S.).
I have a ton of Citibank points as a result of spending over the past year or so earning triple points on air and hotel and double points on restaurants and entertainment with my Citi Prestige Card — and I’m really tempted to use them on this new offer.
This new promotion that runs through end of year: 90% off award travel in any class of service. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an award promotion like it.
Garuda now offers telephone booking (in addition to online), no sales office required either, which is great because this deal doesn’t appear to be available for online booking.
The promotion is valid for booking through December 31 and travel between February 1 and May 31, giving you 90% off mileage cost on all Garuda Indonesia routes in first class, business class, or economy.
I almost feel like there has to be a catch, but it doesn’t appear so, here are the terms and conditions. (I thought for a moment that ‘subject to seat availability’ could mean something other that saver awards must be available, but they even specify the eligible saver award booking classes for the offer..!)
* This promo eligible for flight classes R (First Class), O (Business Class) and X (Economy Class)
* This promo is subject to seat availability
* This promo eligible in Garuda Indonesia contact center or sales office redemption channels.
* This promo eligible for all GarudaMiles members
* Registration is no[t] needed in order to get this promo
“Wait no more, redeem your mileage in Garuda Indonesia contact center at 0804 1 807 807 / +62 21 2351 9999 or nearest Sales Office in your city.”
Here are their ticket offices if you prefer to handle in person:
The Points Guy reports that transfers from Citibank took 2 days to turn up in a Garuda Indonesia GarduaMiles account. So there should still be time to move points and take advantage of this offer.
Garuda Indonesia has said they want to fly from Jakarta to Los Angeles via Tokyo in 2017 but of course that’s not scheduled yet so not bookable with this promotion. However first class onboard their Boeing 777-300ER looks fantastic.
There’s virtually no competition for redeeming first class awards on SkyTeam member Garuda Indonesia. Delta miles, of course, cannot be used for international first class.
Garuda’s award chart isn’t normally great (without a 90% discount!) although shorter flights especially in economy and business are reasonable.
Each Garuda route is priced separately, and roughly based on distance. Economy awards normally start at 4000 miles each way and business starts at 7000 miles each way.
The shortest first class redemptions are normally priced at 45,000 miles one-way. Here are some normal first class prices:
- Jakarta – Syndey is 90,000 miles one-way in first class
- Jakarta – Abu Dhabi is 105,000 miles one-way in first class
- Jakarta – London is 190,00 miles one-eway in first class
(HT: Ron F.)
Update: Some commenters at One Mile at a Time think Garuda Indonesia is botching their English and that they mean to offer 10% off (which would hardly be the proclaimed ‘best deal of the year’). Will see what I can figure out. Needless to say verify availability and pricing before transferring points to GarudaMiles.
Update 2: Per One Mile at a Time Garuda Indonesia confirms on Twitter that the offer really is 90% off.