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

Oct 16, 2021

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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 

Airplane at the gate in Bangkok
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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.

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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:

  • 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?

Minnesota to Thailand January 2022 deal
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.

American Airlines Screenshot JFK to BKK
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.

American Airlines screenshot from Los Angeles 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 of American Airlines booking page to redeem points
Screenshot Courtesy of American Airlines

Featured photo by Matteo Colombo/Getty Images

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