Travel from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and Houston to Manila or Cebu in the Philippines for $469 in EVA Air economy. Most of the availability for this deal is for travel between September 2016 and November 2016. This is not a mistake fare, it is actually advertised on evaair.com, and only lasts through TOMORROW, July 6, 2016:

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  1. When are the cheap fares and how do I find them?
  2. Why the Philippines?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$469 Roundtrip from Many US Cities to the Philippines

The $469 roundtrips are between Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Houston to Manila or Cebu, for travel September 1 through November 30, 2016. The $469 roundtrip between Chicago and Manila or Cebu is for travel November 3 through November 20, 2016.

You can find these incredibly cheap fares right on evaair.com. Bubble in “My dates are flexible” to search with 7×7 day calendar and see more availability at once:

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Why the Philippines?

It’s cheap, beautiful, has pristine beaches, and a ton of fresh seafood. The people are known for being extremely friendly as well. Out of the travel dates available, It’s most likely you’ll have the best weather in November.

Photo by Paramita, taken from Flickr Creative Commons

Doesn’t this picture say it all?

You can always use a low cost carrier like Cebu Pacific Air to hop around Asia and see other places while you’re there.

Mileage Earning

EVA Air is a member of Star Alliance, so theoretically you could credit these miles to United MileagePlus or any other Star Alliance member. Unfortunately since it’s an extremely discounted fare class, “V”, it’s not eligible for earning on the three Star Alliance partners I checked: United, Singapore, nor Air Canada.

For the sake of expediency (this sale ends TOMORROW!) I didn’t look up any others, but you can check yourself if crediting to a different Star Alliance member or partner would accrue you anything. Just search “the partner you’re interested + earn miles flying partners”.

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on (cannot exceed 15 lbs or the following dimensions: 9x14x22) and two free checked bag up to 50 pounds included in the ticket price. The sum of the three dimensions of each piece of checked luggage may not exceed 62 in.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover a large portion of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a $219 roundtrip to the Philippines!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 40,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Bottom Line

If you’re interested, check out the cheap fares to Manila and Cebu now, as this sale will only last through tomorrow, July 6!

Hat tip The Flight Deal

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You have six days left to use your US Airways miles to book EVA Airlines flights through April 14, 2015.

As I wrote in “US Airways Losing Four Partners in the Next Few Months,” four of the Star Alliance partnerships that US Airways carried over when it joined oneworld are ending soon. The first one to end is US Airways’ partnership with EVA Airlines, next Wednesday May 14.

EVA Airlines is a Taiwanese airline that flies to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Seattle with incredible award space on a top-notch flat bed business class product. (Click here for a trip report.)

Award space is mind-bogglingly good for two passengers in economy or business class on EVA’s routes from the US to Taiwan and beyond for most of the next 11 months.

This week is the time to lock in a great product at an incredibly low price with US Airways miles before the opportunity disappears.

  • Where can you search EVA award space?
  • How available is it?
  • Where can you fly on EVA?
  • How can you book EVA award space with US Airways miles?
  • What are the options with US Airways miles once it loses its partnership with EVA?

I recently had to take a quick trip to Bangladesh. While searching the United site, I found some good space on Thai, EVA, United and Asiana. All the airlines have flat bed seats, but I leaned toward EVA Air because they joined the Star Alliance two months ago, so I hadn’t yet had a chance to fly them.

EVA flies the same flat bed business class seats as Cathay Pacific and the new American Air 777-300ER, which are widely considered the best business class seats in the world. The chance to fly a new airline and the best product made EVA my top choice.

I was booking with US Airways miles, so I followed the standard procedure to book an award with US Airways miles.

  1. Search for award space on united.com because it displays all of the Star Alliance, and usairways.com only shows US Airways space. (All alliance partners should have access to the same award availability, so anything found on united.com is bookable with US Airways miles.)
  2. Call US Airways at 800-622-1015 to book the award.

My Itinerary with all flights in Business Class:

The routing via gcmap.com

LAX-TPE 8/13 1:35AM Arrive 5:10AM +1 EVA Air
TPE-SIN 8/14 7:10AM Arrive 12:00PM Singapore Air
SIN-DAC 8/14 8:40PM Arrive 10:30PM Singapore Air

DAC-SIN 8/18 11:55PM Arrive 6:00AM +1 Singapore Air
SIN-HKG 8/19 7:00AM Arrive 12:00PM Singapore Air
HKG-TPE 8/19 1:00 PM Arrive 4:25 PM Singapore Air
TPE-LAX 8/19 6:40PM Arrive 4:20 PM EVA Air

What was my take on the food, service, and bed?


EVA Airlines, a Taiwanese carrier, joined the Star Alliance this week. EVA Airlines flies from Taiwan to six North American cities:

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver

And from Taiwan, you can connect all over Asia. EVA joining the Star Alliance is huge news because EVA has an incredible business class bed on many of its planes and has incredible award space for summer 2013.

Summer is the peak travel period on many routes, including the US to Taiwan, so finding award space for summer to Asia generally needs to be done months in advance or in the last few days before travel as last-second award space opens.

EVA is offering a chance to book award space all summer with your favorite Star Alliance miles–United, US Airways, Lufthansa, TACA, Aeroplan, etc.

Which is the best miles to use to book the space? Where can you search for award space? How can you make sure you’re on a plane with the newest flat bed business class product?


EVA Air–Taiwan’s second largest carrier–has announced that it will join the Star Alliance June 18, 2013. This is welcome news that will provide another option to Asia via EVA’s Taipei hub with Star Alliance miles.

EVA is already a non-alliance partner of United, so you can already use your United miles to book EVA, which may be United miles’ best option to Asia.

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