Poor UA Mileage Redemption Value with EVA

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  1. RestlessLocationSyndrome
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    RestlessLocationSyndrome Silver Member

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    Recently came across this issue while trying to book tickets on EVA with UA miles from the US to SE Asia. Apparently, there is a separate reward chart and instead of the expected 65k for coach, 120k biz, 135k first, I learned that they only offer coach at 110k.

    This is a horrible value and I'm wondering if anyone has heard whether this reward chart will adjust to the normal chart when EVA joins *A in the future?
     
  2. unavaca
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    Once they officially join *A, it'll be at the *A award levels. The EVA awards are a carryover from CO's ability to redeem for EVA, independent of the alliance.

    Besides, EVA's current C product is pretty bad. I'd only really fly them in Y or Y+.
     
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    One of my friends used to travel to Taipei about once a month, traveling exclusively on EVA. He loved their biz class, and preferred that over UA's. I've never flown EVA and therefore don't have a reference for comparison, but since those are two completely opposite viewpoints, I'm curious to know what made it bad in your opinion?
     
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    If I remember correctly, last time I was in C on EVA, the seat does not go horizontal. It was flat at an angle.
     
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    Was this a long time ago? EVA's C is not lieflat, whereas UA C on the 747 is.

    EVA's Y+ seat is on-par with US domestic F. As a revenue EVA flier, I find Y+ a much better value than C.
     
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    According to this blog post, he booked a one-way on EVA for 32.5K UA miles for SFO-TPE. He also posted it in this FT thread. However, it appeared to take several calls to find an agent who knew to use the better chart.
     
  7. unavaca
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    I suspect it was a mistake. He originally booked a *A award and then did a change via the EVA desk. I suspect that the award should have been repriced using the EVA chart, but the agent didn't do it for whatever reason.
     
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    Oh ok thanks. Yeah, that would drop it down a level in my book too.
     
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    It was within the past year. I remember him saying how good the service was and how pretty the young flight attendants were, so maybe that's what did it for him. Lol

    Regarding Y+ on EVA, if it's on par with domestic F then that does sound like a good value
     
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    I called United for JFK -> TPE award travel on EVA and they quoted 65k for coach and 120k for biz. I was told a first award was not possible. Anyone hear differently about first? Do you think they took the first redemption away because of the new Royal Laurel class?
     

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