After heading to Taipei from Tokyo, I had the chance to fly China Airlines A350 business class from Taipei to Vancouver.
As a well-regarded international airline, China Airlines has long been on my list of business class products to try, especially since I’ve had so many good experiences in the past with fellow Taipei-based airline EVA Air.
China Airlines A350 Business Class Taipei to Vancouver – Booking
Fortunately, the airline frequently releases award seats to these partner programs, and this is exactly how I booked my flight.
A one-way flight from Taipei to Vancouver cost me 84,000 Air France KLM Flying Blue miles, plus around $110 (CAD) in taxes and fees.
Fortunately, Flying Blue miles are quite easy to come across in North America, as the program is a transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards in Canada, as well as American Express US Membership Rewards, Capital One Miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards in the US.
Furthermore, you can also earn Flying Blue miles directly on the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard in Canada, or the Bank of America Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard in the US.
Award availability also tends to be fairly consistent, including multiple seats. Since transpacific award seats in business class are relatively difficult to come across these days, be sure to keep China Airlines in mind as a very suitable alternative.
China Airlines A350 Business Class Taipei to Vancouver – Ground Experience
Prior to my flight, I had the pleasure of spending some time in the China Airlines Business Class Lounge Taipei (Terminal 2).
The ground experience here is very competitive, both in terms of the lounge’s design, as well as the food on offer.
During my visit, I was particularly impressed by the calligraphy décor that graced the lounge’s walls.
In terms of food, the highlight is undoubtedly the made-to-order noodle station. I helped myself to a delicious bowl of Taiwanese-style braised beef noodle soup, which was delightful.