My preferred partners on Ultimate Rewards that I love to transfer points to are usually United, British Airways, and Hyatt. These 3 programs offer me the best value for my points and I tend to stick with them for their valuable reward programs. United has amazing award availability, British Airways has a mileage based award chart that I love booking American Airlines short-haul flights on (currently writing to you from Miami where I redeemed 7,500 BA Avios points each way instead of the standard 12,500 points on AA), and Hyatt allows me to redeem points at some really high end luxury hotels ranging from a few thousand points to 30,000 at a Category 7.
However, I have recently read some really informative and detailed reviews on first class products from North America to Asia and vice versa. Some of the reviewers’ favorite product is Asiana’s first class that offers a private suite and great amenities with exemplary service.
Before United’s devaluation, Asiana’s first class could be booked for 70,000 each way. Now, unfortunately, it will cost you 120,000 each way to enjoy their product.
Ben Schlappig from Boardingarea.com posts his review of a recent flight he took on Korean Air from Seoul Incheon to LAX in their A380 first class. Korean Air partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards and offers some really great first class availability from many major cities in the U.S. to Seoul and a lot more Asian gateways. Flights from North America in first class will cost you 80,000 points each way as opposed to 120,000 on United’s partner Asiana. Korean Air’s website has a handy award availability tool that allows you to search their first class availability and tell you which dates to search.
So if you have Chase Ultimate Reward points and you’re looking for a great first class product to Asia, then take a look at transferring your points to Korean Air and sign up to their frequent flyer program now.