Some people sigh at the thought of flight connections- but those people certainly aren’t talking about a first class connection through Bangkok. Thai Airways offers an incredible first class experience from start to finish, with top notch on board suites, full hour massages in their world class Bangkok lounge an of course, some Dom Perignon to celebrate. Taking in all of that for just 40,000 points? That’s a bargain…

United Charges Just 40,000 Points Between Southeast Asia and Australia In Thai First Class. You Can Start In Either Direction…

Covering the recent United award chart devaluation, Live and Let’s Fly highlighted perhaps one of the greatest redemptions left out there… for now. Until November 1st, you can book these incredible first (nope, not even just business class) flights on Thai Airways for a mere 40,000 United points one way. Taxes and fees? Just 65 bucks. You can start in Asia or Australia, and enjoy 12 hours of blissful first class on board a 747. To be infinitely clear: you must book, not fly before November 1st 2017…

So, What Exactly Do You Get For This 40,000 Points?

Well, a lot. Cities like Hong Kong are considered Southeast Asia, so you can depart from a world class destination-in first class, enjoying a fully private suite. But that’s just the beginning- arrival in Bangkok is an incredible experience, with some of the best curries in the world (if you’re into that sorta thing), a full one hour massage, private sitting rooms and occasionally even golf cart service through the airport! Of course we haven’t even touched the 9 hour flight down to Australia, once again in First Class-with some of the best service in the sky, Dom Perignon and all the other fixings…

This Is Amazing. How Do You Book?

Unlike many of the very best tricks with miles, there’s no magic needed here. You can book Thai Airways flights directly on United.com, simply by searching using miles. If there’s space available in First Class using United miles, you’ll see it directly on the site, and can get it all done online, in one sitting.

But What About Getting To Asia?

One of our favorite travel moves is to embed a trip within a trip. If you had Asia on the bucket list, why not use it to create a 2 in 1 trip, including Australia too? After all, for most readers, getting to Asia is not something you’re going to be able to do all the time. Two in one trips turn connections and stopovers into exciting “around the world” trips, and maximize your tight vacation days. Just a thought!