Business class deal alert: Flights to Phuket have dropped to $1,977 R/T
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Here at TPG, we often find cheap deals to Southeast Asia. But it's not often we see business class deals to the region. Today, we've spotted flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Phuket (HKT) for $1,977 round-trip in business class with wide availability between February and June, ideal times to visit.
The deal is available on China Southern, with the long-haul routes operated on the carrier's A380. TPG's Javi Rodriguez reviewed China Southern business class on the new Boeing 787-9, and was impressed by the service and hospitality and a competitive hard product.
Because you're getting a deal on the flight, you should definitely book points hotels while in Phuket. If you're looking for a steal, you should consider the Hyatt Regency Phuket. It's a Category 3 World of Hyatt property, requiring just 12,000 points per night.
Hyatt is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you don't have enough points, you could sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which offers 100,000 points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. If you have the Preferred, then you may want to consider the World of Hyatt Credit Card, which has a welcome bonus of 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 more bonus points by earning 2x bonus points total on purchases that normally earn 1x bonus point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening.
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To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Vayama.
Airline: China Southern
Routes: LAX – HKT
Cost: $1,977+ round-trip in business
Dates: February – June 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here's what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Phuket (HKT) for $1,977 round-trip in business via Vayama:
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