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Deal Alert: Fly business class to Thailand for 70k miles one-way

Oct. 16, 2021
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Deal Alert: Fly business class to Thailand for 70k miles one-way
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Want to travel to Bangkok, Thailand, in style during the holiday season? For 70,000 American AAdvantage miles, you can fly one-way in the comfort of business class.

American Airlines is currently offering flights for 70,000 miles one-way plus $21.20 added for taxes and fees or 140,000 miles with $42.40 in taxes and fees round-trip. The deal below includes the option for a multi-stop, one-way trip via an American Airlines flight booked on a Japan Airlines aircraft.

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Our friends at Thrifty Traveler let us know about the deals you can find to this notable Southeast Asian destination. Thailand has slowly been reopening several provinces through the Phuket Sandbox program. The county has announced plans to open several cities, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai, to vaccinated travelers on Nov. 1st. Travelers will need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and again after six days.

The five-star experience via Japan Airlines includes priority boarding, checked bags, lie-flat seats, dine-on-demand food service, champagne, and lounge access as travelers make their way to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Related: Cleared for Takeoff: How to book a 10-night trip for two to Thailand with points and miles

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Airlines: American Airlines and Japan Airlines
Routes: Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Nashville (BNA) and many more cities in the U.S. to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK).
Cost: 70,000 miles (+$21.20 in taxes and fees) for Business class one-way.
Dates: November 2021-June 2022
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5x on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card, Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®, CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard® or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3x on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2x on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card and CitiBusiness AAdvantage cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Major departure cities below (and many more) are included in one way-trip fare to Bangkok, Thailand as part of this 70,000 miles deal:

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  • New York City (LGA/JFK)
  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)
  • Cleveland (CLE)
  • Nashville (BNA)

The deal below shows a two-stop trip booked from Minneapolis to Dallas, Dallas to Japan and then Japan to Thailand. Winters in Midwestern states are harsh so why not trade in 70,000 miles for 70-degree weather in Thailand this January?

Screenshot courtesy of Thrifty Traveler

Anyone wanting to get away from the freezing Big Apple this winter can forget about baseball rivalries and head from Laguardia Airport to Boston for the first stop, then Boston to Japan and Japan to Bangkok.

Screenshot Courtesy of American Airlines

If those on the West Coast want a different type of sunshine, they have a shorter trip to Thailand. From Los Angeles' LAX airport it's a direct trip to Narita airport and then from Japan to Thailand.

Screenshot Courtesy of American Airlines

How to book your flights

If you go to American Airlines' official site, click redeem points and book your one-way from a major departure city and airport then you should be on your way to Thailand in business class style!

Screenshot Courtesy of American Airlines
Featured image by Getty Images
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Rewards

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Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023