It seems like everyone is booking a trip to Southeast Asia this week, I’ve received four award requests since Monday at Juicy Miles. Randomly, they all want to use Delta SkyMiles as well, though there is little to no low level business award availability on Delta for any of the requested dates (big surprise). My next step is always trying Korean Air, though this time, they too had no business availability on the requested dates.
Beginning October 12, China Southern will be flying their new A380 daily from LAX to CAN (Guangzhou) and business class award availability is wide open. While I’ve normally stayed away from recommending China Southern in the past, their new A380 looks pretty solid. Take a look at their special A380 site for pictures and a 360 degree tour. Remember that business class is referred to as “First Class” while first class is “Deluxe First Class”.
Availability is visible on ExpertFlyer or you can utilize Seth’s Wandering Aramean Travel Tools for a completely free way to check award space. My requests this week included flights to Bangkok, Singapore, and Male and there was hardly a day when I did not find 4 available business class award seats from LAX to CAN. The connection flights usually had 2 seats. Here are some examples using Seth’s tool, the returns had similar availability:
I was even able to book a Juicy Miles request to the Maldives using a combination of the China Southern A380 and China Eastern flights on to Male. **Update China Southern has their own flight to Male from CAN, flight 3083 (Sun/Thurs only)**
Sydney also becomes a possibility…if you can handle 9+ hours on the China Southern A330
Important – several of the Delta agents saw no availability when searching for business class awards on LAX-CAN, I had to instruct them to manually request the space from China Southern, make sure they do this. If they don’t know how or refuse to, hang up and call back for another agent. You can add your domestic positioning flights once you confirm the China Southern flights. Low level business should price at 120,000 SkyMiles while low level economy is 80,000 SkyMiles.