The 9 Best Ways to Use Asiana Miles For Maximum Value

Etihad First Class Apartment - Apartment 4K

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The Asiana Airlines Asiana Club program is one you may not be familiar with since Asiana is based in South Korea and only offers flights to a handful of U.S. cities. But the program offers excellent redemptions you should consider.

In this article, I’ll walk you through how to earn Asiana Airlines miles, how to leverage Asiana’s airline partners, and the best ways to redeem your Asiana Airline miles.

Using Asiana Airlines With Airline Partners

You can earn Asiana miles through credit cards such as the Asiana Visa Signature card from Bank of America.

Asiana Airlines Credit Cards

Asiana currently offers 2 Bank of America co-branded credit cards. Each offers different benefits, so it’s important to read through them.

Asiana CardBenefits & Info
💳 Asiana Visa Signature® card
  • 30,000 bonus points
  • 3X points on Asiana Airlines ticket purchases, 2X points on gas and groceries
  • $100 annual rebate for Asiana Airlines ticket purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 2 U.S. Asiana lounge passes
  • 10,000 mile annual bonus
  • Annual Fee: $99
💳 Asiana Visa® Business card
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 2X points on Asiana Airlines ticket purchases
  • Earn two annual $100 statement rebates on the ticket purchase of U.S. departure Asiana Airlines operated flights when using the Asiana Visa Business card.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 2 U.S. Asiana lounge passes
  • 10,000 mile annual bonus
  • Annual Fee: $80 per company

Earn Points With Partners

Asiana partners with several hotel and car rental companies, offering the ability to earn additional miles.

Simply link your Asiana account with one of their partners, and you’ll earn points on every dollar that you spend with that partner.

The 9 Best Ways to Use Your Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Miles

Asiana’s extensive partnerships in Europe and South America open up several exciting routes. As you’ll read below, premium cabins are typically the best way to maximize the value of your miles.

Grab a pen and paper, and get ready to read through the ways you can use your Asiana miles.

1. Star Alliance U.S. to Europe: 40,000 Miles in Business Class, One-Way

Lufthansa business class is a great way to start off your Europe trip!

A Star Alliance one-way business-class flight from the U.S. to Europe offers solid value for your Asiana miles.

With 40,000 Asiana miles, you can book a one-way business-class flight on any Star Alliance partner airline from the U.S. to Europe.

Examples of transatlantic Star Alliance flights include:

  • Chicago (ORD) to Vienna (VIE) on Austrian Airlines
  • New York (JFK) to Brussels (BRU) on Brussels Airlines
  • Washington (IAD) to Frankfurt (FRA) on Lufthansa
  • Miami (MIA) to Copenhagen (CPH) on SAS
  • Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS) on United Airlines

(There are many other ways that you can fly to Europe using points and miles.)

Taxes and fees for one-way business-class flights will be $28-$549. Airlines such as Lufthansa and Swiss Air Lines will have the highest taxes and fees, particularly for flights in premium cabins.

Need help booking an award flight? Here’s our step-by-step guide to booking Lufthansa business class.

2. Etihad from Europe to the Middle East: 40,000 Miles in First Class, One-Way

Etihad First Class Apartment - Seat 3K
The Apartments on Etihad’s A380 are perhaps the best first-class product in the world.

The Etihad First Class Apartment is one of the best products in the sky.

With 40,000 Asiana miles, you can book a one-way first-class flight from Europe to the Middle East.

You’ll want to search from Paris (CDG) or London (LHR) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) to find award space.

Taxes and fees for a one-way first-class flight will be $268-$306.

Need help booking an award flight? Here’s our step-by-step guide to booking Etihad first class.

3. Asiana U.S. to Korea: 80,000 Miles in First Class, One-Way

Asiana offers an excellent way to fly transpacific first class from the U.S. to Asia.

With 80,000 Asiana miles, you can book a one-way first-class flight from the U.S. to Korea.

Examples of non-stop first-class flights on Asiana include:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Seoul (ICN)
  • New York to Seoul

Examples of non-stop business class flights on Asiana include:

  • Chicago (ORD) to Seoul
  • Honolulu (HNL) to Seoul
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Seoul
  • Seattle (SEA) to Seoul

Taxes and fees for both first and business class are manageable at $149 one-way.

4. Lufthansa from Mexico to Europe: 50,000 Miles in First Class, One-Way

Lufthansa First Class Seat
Sit back and relax in your amazing Lufthansa first class seat.

Lufthansa offers a first class option if you want to fly from Mexico to Europe.

With 50,000 Asiana miles, you can book a one-way first-class flight from Mexico to Germany.

Transatlantic flights that you can book on Lufthansa include:

  • Mexico City (MEX) to Frankfurt (FRA)
  • Mexico City to Munich (MUC)

Taxes and fees are material at $560 for a one-way flight.

Need help booking an award flight? Here’s our step-by-step guide to booking Lufthansa first class.

5. Star Alliance U.S. to Southern South America: 35,000 Miles in Business Class, One-Way

United Business Class
Fly a long-haul flight to South America in United Airlines business class! Image courtesy of United Airlines.

Avianca, Copa Airlines, and United offer several options to fly from the U.S. to southern South America.

With 35,000 Asiana miles, you can book a one-way business-class flight on any of those airlines from the U.S. to South America.

Examples of flights on Star Alliance partners include:

  • Houston (IAH) to Santiago (SCL) on United Airlines
  • Newark (EWR) to Buenos Aires (EZE) on United Airlines
  • San Francisco (SFO) to São Paulo (GRU) on Copa Airlines

Taxes and fees for a one-way business class flight are between $28-$30.

6. Star Alliance U.S. to Korea: 60,000 Miles in Business Class, One-Way

Singapore Airlines Business Class 777 - Seat 11K
Fly to Southeast Asia in Singapore Airlines business class!

Singapore Airlines and United Airlines provide great ways to fly transpacific in business class.

With 60,000 Asiana miles, you can book a one-way business-class flight on those airlines from the U.S. to Korea.

Examples of transpacific flights on Star Alliance partners include:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Seoul (ICN) on Singapore Airlines
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Seoul on United Airlines

Taxes and fees for a one-way business-class flight are $28.

Need help booking an award flight? Here’s our step-by-step guide to booking Singapore Airlines business class.

7. Star Alliance U.S. to Southeast Asia: 135,000 Miles in Business Class, Round-Trip

Utilize ANA on your transpacific flight!

Star Alliance airlines including ANA and United provide great ways to fly round-trip from the U.S. to Southeast Asia in business class.

With 135,000 Asiana miles, you can book a round-trip business-class flight from the U.S. to Southeast Asia.

Hot Tip: You also have the option to book a round-trip economy flight for 90,000 Asiana miles. The main downside with a round-trip economy flight is the value is likely not much higher than 1 cent per mile. 

Examples of flights to Southeast Asia on a Star Alliance partner include:

  • New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) on ANA
  • Chicago (ORD) to Singapore (SIN) on United
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) on EVA Air

Taxes and fees for a round-trip business class flight will be $121-$202.

Bottom Line: The taxes and fees will vary depending upon the carrier that you choose. It’s important to check the fees on a website like ITA Flight Matrix, where you’ll notice airlines including Air Canada have high fees. 

Need help booking an award flight? Here’s our step-by-step guide to booking ANA business class.

8. Asiana intra Korea: 10,000 Miles in Economy, Round-Trip

Using Asiana can be a great way to fly domestic in Korea when the flight cash costs are high.

With 10,000 Asiana miles, you can book a round-trip economy flight on Asiana.

Domestic Asiana flights that you can book include:

  • Gimpo (GMP) to Gwangju (KWJ)
  • Gimpo to Jeju (CJU)
  • Gimpo to Yeosu (RSU)

Taxes and fees are nearly $0, helping to increase the value of this award further.

9. United intra U.S./Canada: 45,000 Miles in Business Class, Round-Trip

Experience United business class flying a transcontinental flight!

Booking a United or Air Canada award flight with Asiana miles provides value when the price of domestic flights on these airlines is high.

With 45,000 Asiana miles, you can book a round-trip business-class flight on Star Alliance partners United or Air Canada.

Examples of intra North American flights on United or Air Canada include:

  • Washington (IAD) to Seattle (SEA) on United
  • San Francisco (SFO) to Atlanta (ATL) on United
  • Vancouver (YVR) to Newark (EWR) on Air Canada

Taxes and fees will be lower on United than Air Canada. You can expect to pay $91-$143 for a round-trip business-class flight.

Bottom Line: There are many instances where I found the value of this redemption below 2 cents per mile. I recommend looking for another way to use your miles if your redemption is not above 2 cents per mile. 

Have United miles that you’re looking to redeem? Here are our best ways to redeem United miles.

List of Star Alliance Partners

AdriaEthiopian
AegeanEva Air
Air CanadaPolish Airlines
Air ChinaLufthansa
Air IndiaScandinavian Airlines
Air New ZealandShenzhen Airlines
ANASingapore Airlines
Asiana AirlinesSouth African Airways
AustrianSwiss
AviancaTAP Portugal
Brussels AirlinesThai
Copa AirlinesTurkish Airlines
Croatia AirlinesUnited
Egypt Air

List of Non-Star Alliance Partners

China Southern
Etihad
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Srilankan Airlines

List of Hotel Partners

Asiana Hotel Partners
SPGMarriottIHGHilton
HyattBest WesternWorldHotelsSwissotel
CarlsonLangham HotelsRegalRegent
Okura Nikko HotelsHotelnjoyExpedia

List of Car Rental Partners

Asiana Car Rental Partners
HertzAlamoNationalLOTTE
Rentalcars.com

Use the Asiana Award Charts to Plan Award Travel

Asiana uses 2 award charts: 1 for flights on its own airline and 1 for flights on its partner airlines. You can book a one-way flight for 50% of the miles shown in both of the charts.

Asiana Airlines Award Chart

Asiana Airlines Award Chart

When flying on Asiana Airlines, it’s important to note that the pricing in the award chart is for the low season. For high-season flights, Asiana charges an additional 50% in miles.

The chart below shows the peak season dates you’ll want to avoid.

Asiana Airlines peak season dates

Asiana Airlines Partner Award Chart

Asiana Airlines partner award chart

Hot Tip: You can’t book Asiana Airlines partner flights online. You’ll need to call 800-227-4262 to book an award ticket.

Final Thoughts

The key with Asiana is making sure you’re receiving substantial value for the miles you’ve earned or transferred from hotel programs.

You can find the highest value redemptions when redeeming points and miles for a premium cabin ticket. With some of the economy redemptions, you may find yourself receiving less than 2 cents per point, which isn’t ideal.

Asiana is a program that you’ll want to keep on your radar.

FAQ

What are Asiana Airlines miles?

Asiana miles are the miles you earn from flying Asiana, crediting partner flights to Asiana, or earning from non-airline partners like hotels and car rental companies.

Can Asiana miles be transferred to partner airlines?

Unfortunately, no. When you earn or transfer points to Asiana, the points are unable to transfer out of the program.

Can Asiana miles be transferred to another person?

Yes. You can transfer your miles to another Asiana Club member.

Are Asiana miles refundable?

If an award flight (including an upgraded award ticket) is not used but returned within 1 year, you will need to pay 3,000 miles per passenger (per ticket) or $30 to receive your miles back. Returns made after 12 months will incur a 10,000 miles per passenger (per ticket) charge or a charge of $100 to receive your miles back.

How can I earn more Asiana miles?

Flying Asiana or Star Alliance partners or earning miles by spending on the Asiana credit cards are great ways to earn more Asiana miles.

When do Asiana miles expire?

The expiration date of miles is based on the membership status at the point of boarding or accumulation.

Magic Miles/Silver/Gold membersUntil the last day (December 31) of the tenth year from the date of boarding or accumulation
Diamond or higher membersUntil the last day (December 31) of the twelfth year from the date of boarding or accumulation

What is my Asiana Club number?

Your Asiana Club number is provided to you at the time of sign up via email and can be found by logging into your airline account.

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6 comments

  1. Correctamundo · June 20, 2018 · Reply

    Asiana biz card is ONLY 10k miles. You copied and pasted the same as the personal but it is different

  2. Explore · August 17, 2018 · Reply

    The one-way USA-SE Asia is half the price of the roundtrip. Why is the roundtrip a good value and the one way a bad deal? I think you miscalculated the value of a one way reward. A one-way business ticket costs much more than $625 (67,500 miles * $.01).

    HOT TIP:
    You also have the option to book a one-way flight for 67,500 Asiana miles. The main downside with a one-way business-class flight is the value is likely not much higher than 1 cent per mile.

    • Michael McHugh · August 26, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Explore

      Thank you for catching this error! I’ve update the “Hot Tip” section to reflect economy redemptions.

      Was simply looking at too many award charts and google flight tabs at once!

  3. Any idea on what the fees/surcharges would be on an Austrian flight using Asiana miles? I looked up the flight on ITAMatrix and the YQ is ~$130 and the YR is $20. Interestingly the YQ is stated as “UA YQ Surcharge”. I assume that the UA means United Airlines, but i found these fare breakdowns on ITAMatrix. Would an Austrian flight using Asiana miles still incur this surcharge? Would this surcharge be replaced by an “OZ YQ Surcharge”?

    Thanks.

    • Stephen Au · September 12, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Jung, it depends on your routing. If you’re leaving North America to go to Vienna, then expect huge surcharges of $1100 round-trip in business class. Asiana will pass all fuel surcharges on.

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