This trip will be unforgettable for Joann and me. It was a bunch of firsts. First long-haul international First Class flights. First time to Asia together. First time circumnavigating the globe. Hopefully it’s the first of many!
Bali is an amazing destination and, if time permits, it’s somewhere where we would visit again without a doubt. We highly suggest you put it on your radar for your next destination.
You Can Do It, Too!
This kind of trip can be possible for anyone! It just took some organization, a few credit card signups, and a bit of planning.
I explained it in detail in the Let’s Plan post, but here are the major points to consider.
How we flew on Cathay Pacific First & Business Class to Bali
We used our British Airways Avios points for this, but before their current state. Nowadays, the best way to get on Cathay First or Business is with American Airlines miles.
A one-way First Class flight on Cathay Pacific from North America to what AA considers Asia 2* would be 67,500 miles
*(Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Saipan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam)
Here is the AA award chart.
How we flew on multiple Star Alliance members’ First & Business Class from Bali
There are many ways to accumulate miles to redeem on Star Alliance partners. You just have to earn miles on any Star Alliance partner – United, US Airways, Air Canada, ANA, Singapore.
If you want to use United miles, the credit cards to work with should earn Chase Ultimate Rewards (Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, Ink Plus).
Using United miles, a one-way trip from Bali (South Asia region) to the US is 70,000 miles in First and 60,000 miles in Business.
Here is the United award chart.
If you want to use US Airways miles, use the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express because it effectively earns 1.25 airline miles per dollar.
US Airways does not do one-way award for half of a round trip so if you want to travel from the US to the South & Central Asia region round trip, it will cost you 160k miles in First and 120k miles in Business.
Here is the US Airways award chart.
With American Express Membership Rewards points, you can transfer to Air Canada, ANA, or Singapore in the Star Alliance. This is my least preferred method because all three airlines will levy a high amount of fuel surcharges on their award tickets.
How we stayed at the Bali Hyatt on points alone
For this stay, this is obviously doable with Hyatt Gold Passport points. The easiest way to accumulate these points is [again] Chase Ultimate Rewards!
Here is the Hyatt award chart.
That’s about it! I really hope you enjoyed the trip report.
If there’s one thing I want everyone to take away from this, it’s that you can really do this too!
Remember… #hustle hard. Travel easy!