After some inspiration on ways to redeem your frequent flyer points? In our weekly Points Inspiration segment, we highlight an excellent frequent flyer redemption opportunity so you can convert those hard-earned points into a memorable travel experience.
How much would you pay to fly from Asia to Europe in lie-flat Business class on a full-service airline? Well, how does just $951 sound?
Czech Airlines flies from Seoul to Prague using an Airbus A330 with lie-flat Business class seats. A SkyTeam member, Czech Airlines also happens to be a partner of Etihad Airways. So, Etihad Guest miles can be redeemed for flights on Czech Airlines. And doing so is particularly good value, with a Business class ticket between Seoul and Prague costing just 25,610 Etihad Guest miles.
There are many ways to earn Etihad Guest miles in Australia. For example, you can transfer points from Flybuys and some credit cards. Etihad also sells miles for US$20 (around $26) per thousand, and you can buy up to 100,000 miles per year.
If you were to buy 26,000 miles – enough for a one-way Business class ticket from Seoul to Prague – this would cost you US$520 ($683). Then, when redeeming those miles, you would need to pay approximately $268 in taxes and fuel surcharges. All up, that’s a total cost of just $951 for 11 hours of flying in a lie-flat Business class seat from Asia to Europe (or the other direction)!
You can also buy and redeem miles for an Economy class seat. This costs 12,805 miles – which can be bought for US$260 ($342) – and around $197 in taxes. So the total price for an Economy seat would be $539.
If you’re planning a trip to Europe, you could take advantage of this deal by having a stopover in Korea. Simply book a return ticket from Australia to Seoul, and pick up the Czech Airlines flight from there. You can use the return flight from Seoul back to Australia at the end of the trip.
Czech Airlines flies 4x per week between the South Korean and Czech capitals. Flight OK190 departs Prague at 6.30pm, touching down in Seoul-Incheon International Airport at 11.25am the next morning. The return OK191 departs Seoul at 12.50pm, arriving in Prague almost 11 hours later at 4.40pm.
The main catch is the limited award seat availability on this flight. There are seats available on some dates, but with this redemption it’s very much a case of planning your holiday around award seat availability – and not the other way around. It’s also not possible to book this online, so you’ll need to call Etihad to complete the booking. You may be able to find award availability by searching on Expert Flyer.
- Currency: Etihad Guest miles
- Airline: Czech Airlines
- Route: Seoul (ICN) - Prague (PRG)
- Class of travel: Business
- Cost: 25,610 Etihad Guest miles + $271 taxes
- Availability: Limited; book well in advance and prepare to be flexible with your travel dates
- How to book: Call Etihad Guest on 1300 532 215.
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