If you want to go to Asia with the family in business or first class, there’s one airline that’s got you covered and even one best route though there are several good routes.
Star Alliance member Asiana simply offers fantastic award space. The United website is great for seeing this quickly at a glance. Their award calendar will show you which dates have availability — in this case non-stop availability from Los Angeles to Seoul for four passengers. Dates with solid lines have coach award space and dates with dotted lines have premium cabin award space.
Notice that in March and April there is a straight line and a dotted line every single day meaning there’s coach and business class award availability for four passengers Los Angeles – Seoul every single day during those two months.
Los Angeles – Seoul availability for four passengers in January and February is almost as good.
And by the way it’s not just business class that offers four or more award seats. First class does too on many dates.
First class is offered on their Airbus A380s. Los Angeles availability is great because it’s the only US route regularly served by an A380 and it’s served with double daily A380s.
Seattle – Seoul has always been one of my ‘go to’ routes for award space. When nothing else is available Seattle – Seoul almost always is. And right now is no exception. You’ll find four or more business class award seats much of the time — January through May and again in July.
Here you see four business award seats available every single day at the saver level:
San Francisco has good availability for two passengers in business class in January and February, but appears more sparse at other times.
Once you get to Seoul you can connect onward using Asiana’s flights to other destinations in Asia, or flying other Star Alliance airlines in the region like Air China, Singapore, and Thai.
Business class award costs through various mileage programs:
- United MileagePlus: 80,000 miles one way (Chase transfer partner)
- Avianca LifeMiles: 75,000 miles one way
- Aeroplan: 75,000 miles one way (Amex transfer partner)
- ANA Mileage Club: 95,000 miles roundtrip (Amex transfer partner)
First class award costs through various mileage programs:
- United MileagePlus: 120,000 miles one way (Chase transfer partner)
- Avianca LifeMiles: 90,000 miles one way
- Aeroplan: 105,000 miles one way (Amex transfer partner)
- ANA Mileage Club: 180,000 miles roundtrip (here’s how to book one way awards with ANA, Amex transfer partner)
Of course if you’re connecting beyond North Asia award prices will vary.