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