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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 07:26 AM
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JFK to BKK?

I have skymiles from Delta and would like to use them to travel to Bangkok business class. Are there any non-stop flights? What would be the best way to use these miles? I have about 120,000 and am a gold medallion holder.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 07:39 AM
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The only non-stop flights from JFK to BKK are on Thai.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Your choices are basically:

Korean
China Airlines
China Southern
Singapore
Northwest Airlines or Continental/NW mix.

Technically, they are all 120,000 for business class. As Kathie says, no non-stop.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 07:57 AM
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Oh, Malaysia is another possibility, I believe.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 08:09 AM
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Does Thai take skymiles?
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 08:13 AM
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Nope.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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Thai is part of Star Alliance (United, etc.) and thus will not take the miles. Delta is part of the Sky Team Alliance. I am not very knowledgable about the rules of that program (you'll have to call Delta or someone else may chime in) but it is possible to get to Bangkok flying east on Air France, Alitalia or KLM or flying west on Northwest or Korean. All of the airlines I have mentioned are members of Sky Team. Singapore is a member of Star Alliance, not Sky Team as far as I know. Not sure about the two Chinese airlines.
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Flying KL or AF through Europe will require more miles, in general.

China Airlines and China Southern are not Skyteam members, but they are DL partners.

SQ is a Star Alliance airline, but it is also a non-alliance partner with DL.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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rkkwan is correct. If you can get SQ business class, it would be the next best thing to flying direct on Thai.

I am surprised how lousy the Delta website is when it comes to information on redeeming miles on alliance/partner airlines.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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We've used Delta miles to fly on Singapore before. If I were you, I'd try to take the Singapore nonstop from Newark and connect in Singapore to Bangkok. I think this would prove to be much nicer than any of the alternatives.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 06:02 PM
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Consider Thai in Premium Economy and save your Delta miles. It is almost Bus.Class and 17 hours non-stop from JFK.
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Old Aug 27th, 2006, 06:27 PM
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I also recco Thai Premium Economy for the direct flight JFK~BKK. It is a great deal, very very comfortable, and a really a good flight/value. I am a big fan.
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Old Aug 28th, 2006, 08:06 AM
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We took the Thai PE last November, and as Bonita says, it was a great deal.
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Old Aug 28th, 2006, 04:59 PM
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For flight schedule and routing options on skyteam try http://www.skyteam.com
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Old Aug 28th, 2006, 06:12 PM
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bill---thanks for the site....might be handy some day...
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Old Aug 29th, 2006, 08:38 AM
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I should add if your Delta miles expire in Dec. 2007 then you have a problem. My miles ~(105,000) do not expire until Dec. 2008 so I will use them for Contintental to the Caribbean and South America.
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Old Aug 29th, 2006, 11:35 AM
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how do you know when the miles expire?
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Old Aug 29th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Nevermind...they expire in 2009.
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