You Can Now Book Starlux Flights With Alaska Miles!

You Can Now Book Starlux Flights With Alaska Miles!

FINALLY! A lot of people, myself included, have been patiently waiting for when Alaska would let us book Starlux flights with Alaska miles and that day is finally here! There’s a TON of availability and the prices are very good for most of the routes. The LAX<>TPE route is also comparable to the other rates in our best redemptions list. Let’s take a look!

Cost Per Route to Book Starlux


Starlux is still expanding their network so their current route offerings are not very extensive. The only current US route is the LAX<>TPE one and Starlux only flies within Asia from their Taipei hub. Here are all of the current Starlux routes and their costs.

Taipei to US Chart

RouteEconomy CostPremium Economy CostBusiness Class Cost
Los Angeles (LAX) <> Taipei (TPE)20,00040,00060,000
Price is for one way ticket

Taipei to East Asia Chart

RouteEconomy CostPremium Economy CostBusiness Class Cost
Taipei (TPE) <> Tokyo (NRT)15,00010,00015,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Fukuoka (FUK)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Sapporo (CTS)25,000N/A50,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Osaka (KIX)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Okinawa (OKA)7,500N/A15,000 or 37,500
Price is for one way ticket

Taipei To Southeast Asia Chart

RouteEconomy CostPremium Economy CostBusiness Class Cost
Taipei (TPE) <> Manila (MNL)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Cebu (CEB)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Macau (MFM)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Hanoi (HAN)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Da Nang (DAD)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)7,500N/A15,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Bangkok (BKK)25,000N/A50,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Penang (PEN)25,000N/A50,000
Taipei (TPE) <> Kuala Lumpur (KUL)32,000 or 50,000N/A72,500
Taipei (TPE) <> Singapore (SIN)25,000 or 32,50032,50050,000
Price is for one way ticket

Starlux Sweet Spots


The obvious best redemption here is the LAX<>TPE route. That’s 10+ hours in business class for only 60k miles! The other really great redemption is for Los Angeles to any of the cities in Southeast Asia for 85k miles in business!

You can book Starlux business class from Los Angeles to Singapore for only 85,000 Alaska miles
Los Angeles to Singapore in business for only 85k miles!

Except for Sapporo, all of the Japanese cities are very reasonably priced at 15k miles. The really popular Southeast Asia cities like Bangkok and Singapore are not worth it at 50,000 miles. The better redemptions are for the Vietnam or the Philippines at just 15,000 miles.

You can book Starlux business class from Taipei to Osaka for only 15,000 Alaska miles
Taipei to Osaka in business for just 15k miles!
You can book Starlux business class from Taipei to Manila for only 15,000 Alaska miles
Taipei to Manila in business for only 15k miles!

Initial Observations on Starlux Redemptions


The Pricing Is Inconsistent

For a lot of the routes, there’s a ton of variability in pricing. Some days will be significantly cheaper than others despite flying the same route. Just look at the pricing for the Los Angeles to Bangkok route.

Los Angeles to Bangkok for 85k miles!
Same route costs 235k miles on certain days!

Pricing Doesn’t Make Sense Sometimes

There are certain days and routes where premium economy costs the same or less than economy lol… I assume this is because it’s a new partnership and with the LAX<>TPE route temporary special pricing, things got messed up.

Economy Costs More Than Premium Economy!
Premium Economy Costs the Same As Economy

Adding A Connection In the US Is Expensive

Since the only airport in the US that Starlux flies to is LAX, an itinerary containing any other US city must layover in Los Angeles before continuing on to Taipei. The pricing for these itineraries is pretty outrageous ranging from 140k to 350k miles! At that point, it’s cheaper to just buy your own ticket to LAX and then redeem Alaska miles for LAX -> Asia on Starlux.

Seattle to Taipei for 165k miles in business
New York to Taipei for 140k in business
Seattle to Taipei for 350k in business!

Conclusion


Starlux finally being bookable with Alaska miles is super exciting. Their promotional pricing is super competitive and definitely worth looking into. Hopefully you’re able to snag some seats to Asia and enjoy Starlux! Let me know what itineraries you were able to book!

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