If I am asking you to pay a little bit over coach price but offering you FIRSTCLASS, you may think I am mad. J here is how.
1. UAL is running a mile promotion of 40%
So, you buy 75,000 miles for only $1693
2. Apply for Chase United Mileage Plus card
You will get 59,000 miles potentially http://firstclassforfree.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-max-out-my-united-visa-card.html
3. Put together and book your award ticket
75k+59k=134k miles, great, go to ual.com and search for your firstclass from your city to Tokyo with 130k. no brainer.
You might challenge me, the credit card consumes one hard pull, so it's not only cost you $1673. Of course, isn’t it the goal of our hobby: spend coach, fly FIRSTCLASS?