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For the final installment of my series on reward charts, I’m going to look at rewards between Europe and Southeast Asia. British Airways flies to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, although this region also covers countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.
If you haven’t already, have a read of the previous posts in this series:
- Europe to North America
- Europe to Middle East / India
- Europe to sub-Saharan Africa
- Europe to Australia
- Europe to East Asia
As before, I am aiming to cover programmes that are:
- Popular with British residents / travel hackers
- Available as an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner (UK cardholders)
- Particularly attractive reward charts
- Sells miles cheaply
- Available as a Starwood Preferred Guest or Marriott Rewards transfer partner
Here is the chart I have prepared (hopefully 100% correct this time). As before, I highlight in yellow what I find to be particularly attractive.
If you’ve been following along with this series, you’ll see the usual suspects in yellow. I also find it rather depressing to see BA charging so many Avios for Business and First Class rewards, all the while knowing that you will have to pay many hundreds of pounds on top. Even with an Amex 2-for-1 that’s going to hurt…
Don’t just skip over JAL Mileage Bank. Depending on how far you fly, you might be able to structure a no-surcharge First Class reward on Qatar Airways for 115 or 135K miles…
As with Australia/Oceania, however, perhaps you shouldn’t really be contemplating using miles to get to Southeast Asia. Instead you should keep your eyes open for attractive fare sales. Whether it’s a Qatar Airways 2-for-1, a Finnair special fare to Bangkok or even an ex-EU itinerary on British Airways, you might find it rather cheaper to just buy a Business Class ticket than to hand over so many miles / SPG points / MR points plus surcharges in many instances…
And if you’re ultimately flying on a paid fare, maybe you should be crediting that long-haul flight to one of the more attractive frequent flyer programmes such as JAL or ANA?