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On checking fare buckets it appears the Classic availability I see is likely elite based and not available to NB etc.
From this I conject that ASA's only use standard (non elite) availability when determining points costings.
FWIW, the Cash cost of a 144K JASA MEL-NRT went from ~$350 to over $500 in the last seven days.
Fuel fine component increase, I consider.
Please tell me if this is not in the right place... however have a few questions to seek people's thoughts on the value of ASA tickets once you take the points amount down to Classic levels and pay extra...
I'm planning a trip to Europe in October and would like to use points so I don't have to pay too much, so lets use that as an example...
Firstly it seems to be much easier for me to get flights if I split my trip into one booking MEL-HKG and one HKG-LHR
Taking the HKG-LHR leg in Premium using a Classic Award:
Trip Price for - 1 x Adult: 126,000
Charges/taxes: $4570.00 (HKD) = $580 AUD
Same leg as a Premium ASA
Trip Price 126,000 points
Charges $8685 HKD $1044 AUD
Or lets say I use more points and do the below
Charges $5676 HKD $682 AUD
The reason that I show these examples is that the current price for that ticket paying cash is around $1600AUD I think which makes the first ASA option very poor value...
In summary - what would your advice be based on how you perceive value here?
I'm thinking about something like the last option as the points are not too outrageous when you consider that the ticket earns points & SC...
I was able to use the skills from the master markis10 and snag a JASA on Sunday, BNE/MEL/PER, 140 SC's, co-payment of $150 which reduced points from 74K to 59K.
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