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30,000 mile Asiana credit card bonus – better than you think for United flights

by on Mon August 29, 2016 • 4 Comments
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The Asiana Airlines credit card is now a Visa Signature card (it was an American Express previously).

asianavisaAnd it’s offering this deal:

  • Get 30,000 bonus miles after you make $3,000 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening

There’s a $99 upfront annual fee and no foreign transaction fees.

For a basic airline card, it does about as much as you’d hope, with two ways to get more value than the annual fee before considering the miles you earn from spending.

  • First, you get a 10,000 mile annual anniversary certificate that lets you reduce the cost of an award by 10,000 miles. That’s a little different than just depositing 10,000 miles in your account in that you must use your miles that year in order to get the discount, rather than just adding 10,000 miles you can use later.
  • Second, you get an automatic $100 credit off an Asiana flight purchase. Just buy your Asiana ticket with your card directly from Asiana, and you’ll get $100 applied to your statement as credit automatically, within one to two billing cycles.

On top of that, you get two passes to an Asiana lounge each year (hint: use the lounge in Seoul).

And for regular spending, the earning isn’t bad.

  • 3x miles for Asiana purchases
  • 2x miles on gas and grocery
  • 1x miles on all other purchases

What’s the catch?

Not a lot, though the 10,000 mile certificate requires that you fax it in to redeem, and you can’t exchange it with other people, since your name must match:

“Fax the certificate to the Asiana reservation center at 213-380-1688 or an authorized agent. For excess baggage allowance, simply present your certificate at the Asiana check-in counter. Certificate may not be used with any other Asiana Airlines fare and/or promotion. Name on invitation, certificate and Asiana Airlines Visa® credit card from Bank of America must match. Invitation and certificate expire on the date indicated on the coupon. ”

And it can only be used for Asiana flights.

There’s also a 200,000 mile per year cap on the miles you can earn from the card, though that total doesn’t count the introductory sign on bonus.

What can you do with Asiana miles?

Asiana miles isn’t a partner with any of the major transferable point programs from banks, though it is a Starwood Preferred Guest partner, so you can add to your account with your Starpoints.

Here’s Asiana’s award chart for flights on Asiana, with prices on a round trip basis (one way awards are half the price):

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And here’s the chart for Star Alliance partner awards from the U.S., in round-trip prices. One-way awards are allowed at half the price as well:

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Asiana has great prices to Europe in Business and First Class, at 80,000 miles and 100,000 miles, so the 30,000 mile bonus is close to a one way ticket to Europe in Business Class. Compare that to 57,500 miles one way if you used United MileagePlus miles.

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And while Asiana passes on fuel surcharges, there aren’t any on United flights, so this is a great way to try out United’s Polaris Class which is rolling out over the next couple of years.

50,000 miles one way plus surcharges is also a good deal for Lufthansa First Class to and from Europe.

Hawaii is also a bargain at just 17,500 miles one way on United in Economy Class and 27,500 miles in Business Class.

And Southern South America is a steal at 35,000 miles one way in Business Class on United, with good award availability to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

This is a Bank of America card, so you can expect similar application results and patterns as with other Bank of America cards like the Alaska Visa.

So while the $100 credit on this card isn’t quite as lucrative as with the Alaska MileagePlan card, which gives you $100 for any purchase, not just a flight, 30,000 Asiana miles can take you further than you think.

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4 thoughts on 30,000 mile Asiana credit card bonus – better than you think for United flights

    1. MileCards.com

      @Jimmy – Yes one ways are half the price or a roundtrip. Any site that shows Star Alliance availability is a good start.

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