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I am visiting Taipei this summer (2024), using travel miles and points.

Taipei is one of my favorite Asian metropolitan cities.

With its night markets, bustling streets, and rich cultural heritage, it’s a must-visit destination for any traveler.

One of my favorite things about Taipei is the food scene.

From street vendors selling delicious fried snacks to restaurants serving dim sum, boba, and traditional dishes, there’s something for every palate.

I’m looking forward to this trip- it will be my second visit to this vibrant city.

In this blog post, I’ll share details about how I booked my return flight from Taipei back to the West Coast of the US using travel miles and points.

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Thanks to @passionforpoints from Lets Get To The Points, I found an aspirational award redemption on Starlux, Taiwan’s newest airline, from San Francisco to Taipei, using Alaska miles.

Unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful in finding a flight back home to San Francisco.

Despite monitoring award availability for months, I have found no decent flights between Asia and the West Coast for Summer 2024.

Meanwhile, I booked a round-the-world itinerary as my backup plan using a combination of Flying Blue and American Airlines miles instead.

This itinerary would involve flying from Taipei to Amsterdam, where I plan to stay for a few days. Then, I would continue across the Atlantic back to San Francisco.

However, this route would have cost a whopping 137,500 miles and approximately $400 in taxes.

After seeing several alerts on Instagram (hat tip to @travelmugpoints and @findflightsforme) that China Airlines released business class award seats between Taipei and the West Coast, I quickly searched for available space for my August 2024 dates.

I was thrilled to find available China Airlines business class award space between Taipei and Seattle for just 83,000 Flying Blue miles and about $114.40 in taxes.

I finally found a flight that would not only take me home but also save me a lot of time, money, and miles.

How I Booked?

Since China Airlines is Air France/KLM’s Sky Team partner, I knew I could use my Flying Blue miles to book China Airlines award flights.

I initially searched for flights to SFO, my home airport, but it would have cost over 150,000 Flying Blue miles for a non-direct option.

I also considered flights from TPE to LAX and ONT, which were around 93000 miles.

When I saw that the Taipei to Seattle business class seats required only 83,000 Flying Blue miles, I booked it immediately.

The images below show how my search looked using the Air France app.

I earn my travel points and miles from credit card welcome offers. Almost my entire stash of Flying Blue miles was from credit card transfer bonuses. We announce transfer bonuses in the Travel Miles and Points Facebook Group.

The Flight Details (FAQS)

Miles UsedFlying Blue Miles
AirlineChina Airlines
Number of Miles83,000 Flying Blue Miles
CabinBusiness Class
Booked onMarch 2024
Departure DateAugust 2024
How to Earn Flying Blue Miles Transfer Bank Points to Flying Blue
Which Bank PointsSpecific Credit Cards from Chase,
American Express,
Capital One, Citi & Bilt
How to Book Air France app
Air France website
Air France agent
1 (800) 237-2747
1 (800) 375-8723
Seat SelectionCall Air France at 1 (800) 237-2747

Itinerary Map

1SFO-TPE75,000 Alaska Miles & $18.10
in Business Class
2TPE-SEA83,000 Flying Blue Miles & $115
on Business Class
China Airlines
3SEA-SFO5,000 Alaska Miles & $5.60
on Economy
Total163,000 Miles & $138.70

Seat Selection

Seat SelectionDatapoint
How to SelectAir France can choose the seats even
though they will first ask you to call China Airlines.
Air France: 1 (800) 237-2747
Seat Selected10K (Bulkhead)
ConfirmationI got an email confirmation that my seat
was successfully selected.

Seat Map from

Credit Cards that Earn Flying Blue Miles (Air France/KLM)

One way to accumulate Flying Blue miles is by transferring points from travel credit cards.

This is arguably the easiest method to earn Flying Blue miles.

The table below summarizes some of the best credit cards that transfer directly to Flying Blue.

Travel Credit Cards
Chase Ultimate Rewards
1 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points = 1 Flying Blue Mile
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
American Express Membership Rewards
1 American Express Membership Rewards Points = 1 Flying Blue Miles
The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
The Platinum Card® from American Express
American Express® Gold Card
American Express® Business Gold Card
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express
Capital One Venture Miles
1 Capital One Venture Mile = 1 Flying Blue Mile
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card
Capital One Venture X Business
Capital One Spark Miles for Business
Bilt Rewards
1 Bilt Rewards Point = 1 Flying Blue Mile
Bilt Rewards Points
Citi Thankyou
1 Citi Thankyou Point = 1 Flying Blue Mile
Citi Premier® Card

Stacking Opportunities

Stack 1: Transfer Bonuses

Flying Blue transfer partners like Chase, American Express, BILT, Citi, and Capital One frequently provide transfer bonuses.

These bonuses can quickly boost your Flying Blue miles, allowing you to accumulate a significant stash in no time.

We announce transfer bonuses in the Travel Miles & Points Facebook Group.

It’s free to join!

Current Transfer BonusTransferWith Bonus
25% bonus: Chase to Flying Blue67,00083,750

Stack 2: Free Stopovers

Flying Blue has recently introduced a fantastic new feature for award flights – free stopovers!

Now, you have the opportunity to explore multiple destinations in one trip, adding an exciting twist to your travel plans.

Of course, this is all subject to award space availability.

Stopovers can now be booked on all Flying Blue partner airlines up to 365 days before the last segment of the flight.

To take advantage of this perk, give Flying Blue a call at 1 (800)-375-8723, and their agents will be able to assist you in adding stopovers to your itinerary.

Example Itineraries with Stopovers
SFO-TPE (free stopover in Taipei for a week or a month)
TPE-MNL (final destination)
JFK-AMS (free stopover in Amsterdam for 2 weeks or longer)
AMS-TPE (final destination)
TPE-SFO (free stopover in San Francisco for 3 days)
SFO-JFK (final destination)

Do Flying Blue Miles Expire?

Miles earned from flying and transferred from credit cards will expire after two years.

However, you can extend their validity by taking another flight and crediting those miles to your Flying Blue account.

Remember, flights operated by Air France, KLM, or any of their partner airlines qualify for this extension.

Additionally, if you make purchases using an eligible co-branded credit card, the expiration of your miles will be extended by two years.

This way, you can make the most of your earned miles and enjoy the rewards for longer.

Since Flying Blue miles expire, we do not recommend transferring speculatively unless you have a flight redemption in mind.

Final Thoughts

One of the benefits of learning how credit card points work is the ability to use travel points and miles to fly business class on different airlines.

This China Airlines redemption from Taipei to Seattle using Flying Blue Miles exemplifies how credit card points can be maximized to fly luxuriously without breaking the bank.

Overall, taking advantage of travel rewards programs through credit cards can significantly enhance your travel experience while saving you a substantial amount of money.

So, the next time you plan a trip, consider using travel points and miles for a more affordable yet luxurious journey.

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