Booked: Bali Business Class for $950
Beach bungalows, heavenly sunsets, warm weather, what’s not to like about Bali?
Aside from Hawaii, I have yet to make it to the tropics. I had a couple friends who recently went to Bali and their pictures and stories were beyond dreamy. This immediately got me thinking about a Bali trip so the search began!
Let’s go through the booking process and let me show you how you can find a great deal similar to this!
When to Visit:
Before I booked anything, I researched the optimal time to visit Bali.
The high seasons in Bali are July to August, Easter, and December through New Years. While this may make for the best weather, I’m not one to travel with the masses. This makes May, June, September, and October great choices.
I started my search in late June through early July which is what my schedule allows. It ended up working out great.
Los Angeles to Bali:
My first part of booking is finding award availability to make the trip more affordable, and hopefully more enjoyable by snagging a great award redemption. I transferred 90,000 points over from my Chase Sapphire Reserve account on a 1:1 transfer rate.
This left me with about 95,000 United miles in my mileage bank and decided to start there since they are Star Alliance partners with Eva Air, which has a great business class product and frequently offers trips to Indonesia.
In late June, I was able to find business class redemptions for 90,000 miles! Although it included a trip to Chicago in economy (a short 4 hour flight), I had two longer haul business class trips on Eva Air.
After booking, I started my seat selection. United does not allow booking on other airlines through it’s site so I had to head over to Eva Air to pick my seat.
As you can see, the 777-300ER has a 1-2-1 layout. I was able to snag my own window seat, 2K, for the trip.
The A330 has a much different business class layout, 2-2-2. It’ll be interesting to see the major differences but regardless, I was still able to snag window seat 7A for the 5 hour flight.
Bali to Los Angeles:
After finding great award availability getting to Bali, I decided to fly back home using cash. Have to rack up miles somehow, right?
I used Google Flights to help find the best time to fly back. I wanted to enjoy premium economy on the way back.
After seeing great prices all over the place, I narrowed in on a day to return and went with July 4th. Google Flights then breaks down all the flights on that day and thankfully, Eva Air had a cheap rate of $908 in a split fare including economy and premium economy.
Google Flights then routed me over to book directly through Eva Air.
I had multiple booking choices on Eva Air. As you can see, the $908 price is the Premium Economy Basic which has increased change fees, seat selection fees, and a standard mileage accrual rate (100%). The difference between Premium Economy basic and standard is 3,324,000 IDR or $233 USD. I decided to see what the seat selection fee would be since that’s the biggest thing I care about since baggage allowance is the same.
My flight from Bali to Taipei is on an A330 and I was able to select seat 21A free of charge.
The flight from Taipei to Los Angeles is on the 777-300ER and I was able to select window seat 23A in the Premium Economy cabin for 569,000 IDR or $40 USD.
In total, I was able to save close to $200 booking Premium Economy Basic. My total is below for my return flight.
$5.60 and $948 for 2 business class flights, 1 premium economy flight, and 1 economy flight. I would call that a win, especially when it is on a 5-star airline like Eva Air.
As you can see, the resources to help you book are endless. United Airlines has a user friendly booking interface and Google Flights gives you a great calendar view to help you plan your travel if you have an open schedule to travel.
I can’t wait to go to Bali and start my summer off with a bang.
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