Perfect Time to Visit Taiwan – Book Eva Air with United Miles

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Many of you don’t know this, but I am Taiwanese American and I love visiting Taiwan.  The main reason is because Taiwan is a food paradise where people eat breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and midnight snack.  I even studied abroad there for a semester back in 2008.  It’s an awesome place to just eat, drink boba (where boba milk tea was invented), visit night markets, and sight see.  Now is the perfect time to visit Taiwan because you can use your Ultimate Rewards points to book Eva Air with United Miles.  

Cell Phone Art with Taipei 101 in the Background

Cell Phone Art with Taipei 101 in the Background (2008)

Eva Air joined Star Alliance on June 18, 2013.  However, Eva Air award flights did not show up on United.com right away. Eva Air award flights showed up about a week later, but were quickly pulled again.  Now, Eva Air award availability shows up on United.com!  It costs 32,500 miles in Economy and 60,000 miles in Business one-way from US to Asia.  

Los Angeles to Taipei for 32.5K Economy or 60K Business One-way

Los Angeles to Taipei for 32.5K Economy or 60K Business One-way

Amazing Award Availability on Eva Air

Amazing Award Availability on Eva Air

Eva Air’s new business class, Royal Laurel Class, is probably one of the world’s best business class and features 180 lie-flat seats.  I can’t wait to try it out, look out for a trip report in the future!  I remember flying to Taipei as a kid in economy class and I would go crazy or throw up in the plane.  The flight can range from 12 to 15 hours!  However now with points and miles, I can join the big boys who pay $5,000+ for their business class tickets, while I pay 120K miles and $50 in taxes.

The awesome thing about United miles is that you can continue on from TPE to any other Asian country and have a free stopover on a round-trip award booking.  For example, you could book LAX-TPE(stop for a week)-Singapore(destination)-TPE-LAX.  All this would cost 120K United miles round trip!  Note: You can mix and match partners.  For example, you can take Singapore Air and Eva Air in the same itinerary.

Los Angeles to Singapore with a one week stop in Taipei in Business Class!

Los Angeles to Singapore with a one week stop in Taipei in Business Class!

Here is Eva Air’s route map from America to Taipei and Taipei to Southeast Asia.  Basically, you can continue onto anywhere in Asia that Eva flies.  Taipei and Bali anyone?

North America to Taipei

North America to Taipei

Taipei to Southeast Asia

Taipei to Southeast Asia

Bonus: Eva Air also flies to Brisbane, Australia.  You can do a cool trip to Australia through Taipei for 135K United miles in business!

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Taipei to Brisbane

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A Crazy Way to Australia!

NOW is the perfect time to visit Taiwan, especially because you can book Eva Air with United Miles. Award availability will start to diminish as people start booking all the flights.  It looks like Eva Air released almost all their availability, and we are not sure if they will release more.  My advice is to keep collecting Ultimate Rewards and/or sign up for Chase credit cards.  If you are newer, check out my post yesterday, “From Zero to 100K Ultimate Rewards Points

Anybody planning to visit Taiwan?  I would be happy to help you get there (with miles)and tell you what to do!

16 comments for “Perfect Time to Visit Taiwan – Book Eva Air with United Miles

  1. Steve G
    July 19, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Any idea if Singapore Air miles work the same as United miles? I am sitting on 51.3k miles that are starting to expire later this year… Thanks for your post, I enjoy reading and learning.

    • July 19, 2013 at 9:05 am

      They are different and must be redeemed through krisflyer. Consider transferring membership rewards or SPG to get redeem for business or suites class one way! Not sure where you are located but sfo-hkg is about 66K oneway or lax-nrt 71K in suites class. Lower for business. Or you can do something intra Asia. Also you can extend them from expiring for a small fee. Good luck.

      • Steve G
        July 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        Appreciate the feedback and advice. Thanks!

  2. JoC
    July 19, 2013 at 8:56 am

    For Eva Air, does Royal Laurel = business ? Then will elite = economy plus and economy is just economy? Am I right?

    • July 19, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Yes, there’s no first class.

  3. John
    July 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I’m going to TPE next April on Cathy First. Can you tell me things to do, places to go? Also, first time flying Cathy, any pointers? Thanks.

    • July 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Awesome! 2A is the best seat, most private. The best thing to do in Taipei is eat. Go to din tai feng in Soho for an authentic experience. Shilin night market is popular. Visit Taipei 101 and Mao Kong gondola (only $3 oneway!) near the zoo to have tea. If you have more time go to danshui on the redline metro or take a bus to JiuFen for an authentic Taiwanese town. About 1 hr out of Taipei each.

      Have fun! I’m jealous! But I’ll be going before you 🙂

  4. Theresa
    July 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Long time reader, first-time poster here…

    Taking EVA to TPE and then to Australia, how long can the stopover last? That is, can i have a two month stopover in TPE which will give me time to visit HK too? I’d probably use Avios for the RT on Cathay economy.

    Thanks for your blog – have enjoyed reading!

    • July 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Yes you can do that. The whole travel just needs to be within a year. My family uses avios for that short flight. 9K RT! Sometimes we splurge on business class using 18K RT. Running low on avios, I might consider the Chase BA card.

  5. Fred
    July 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Some of the recent cash fares to Asia have been pretty cheap during the past two years (around $700 all-in from the west coast). 65k for $700 is not a good deal. That is 1 cent a mile territory. I don’t think this is a good redemption for miles unless some sort of medical issue necessitates upgrading from economy to business. And no, I would not divide $5000 into the 120k because nobody in their right mind would use their own $5k of cash for a flight. Sorry, I wouldn’t pay $2k for that upgrade, which is still less than 2 cents a mile territory.

    • July 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      I think economy is just okay value. I haven’t seen round trip to Asia for $700. It’s decent value in high season when fares are $1400+. I agree that you just don’t divide the numbers because I wouldn’t ever pay over $2K for a flight. I actually value united at about 1.5 cents each in one of my posts.

  6. Taylor
    September 17, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Hey there, glad to chat with a fellow person from Taiwan!
    I’m trying to get my mom back over there next March, and am wondering if there is a single card with enough of a startup bonus to cover a roundtrip ticket from LA? ( By my figuring, it’ll take 70,000 points to pull that off)
    Thanks!

    • September 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Hello Taylor, you may need 2 credit cards or one credit card with lots of spending. The Chase Ink Bold gets you 50K or Sapphire Preferred will get you 45K. Collecting points is a long-term thing, so you need some patience.

      • Taylor
        September 21, 2015 at 5:53 am

        OK, thanks for the response! Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing out on some super card that could cover it all in one fell swoop 🙂

  7. Pam
    January 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Hey!

    I just stumbled upon your website, great info!

    I’m looking to book an Eva Air flight from LAX to TPE on Sept 7 and a flight back from NRT to LAX on Sept 22. I am planning to book in Economy B Fare Class ticket that is eligible for an upgrade to Business Award Seat. The agent told me the upgrade would be 60,000 points for each leg. Is this accurate? Shouldn’t the upgrade points be less than 60,000 for business since 60k points is the actual points needed to purchase an award ticket? Can you help me figure this out.

    Thanks!

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