Gary reminded me of the mysterious Philippine Airlines Business Class award booking options that have come up through 2014 since they now partner with Etihad and ANA.
Is it worth it?
First things first – is Philippine Airlines Business Class worth it? There are not a lot of trip reports for the A340 that go to San Francisco and the 777 that go to Vancouver and Los Angeles. Here is a trip report for the A340 to San Francisco that I found.
The food options look good but it is an old-style recliner seat for a 10+ hour flight 🙁
The new Philippine Airlines Business Class seats are available on the A330 – but they go to the Middle East from Manila.
If you plan to go to Manila and do not want to go through Japan, Taiwan or Hong Kong, then PAL might be a good option.
Book Philippine Airlines Business Class with Etihad Guest miles
Etihad is hiding partner Philippine Airlines from the main Etihad Guest partner page – I hope this is not a sign of an end to this partnership.
You can transfer Citi ThankYou points on a 1:1 basis to Etihad Guest. However, the trip from Manila to San Francisco is almost 14,000 miles – that is 124,444 x2 for a business class redemption plus fuel surcharges for the journey from the US to Manila.
This is extremely expensive and not worth it!
Book Philippine Airlines Business Class with ANA miles
ANA is making changes to the award chart by April 12, 2015 – until then, their distance-based award chart is in effect.
Since the distance for San Francisco to Manila and return is just under 14,000 miles, it is 90,000 miles for the return trip in business class and 60,000 for the trip in economy. ANA will add about $400 in fuel surcharges, though.
Philippine Airlines Business Class is no steal when booked with miles and the product isn't great to begin with. However, Philippine Airlines has a quasi-monopoly for many routes within the Philippines and you can add such a flight to your itinerary (though this may increase the price in miles).
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