I am planning to fly one-way from the United States to Taiwan around early September. I am applying for a Gold Card and expect to use the PDF Resident Authorization Certificate to enter Taiwan.
Which itinerary is the best value, considering the possibility of (A) flight cancellations and (B) difficulty boarding the plane if the airline is confused about my certificate/authorization to enter Taiwan during the pandemic?
The absolute cheapest option for cash involves two airlines (Air Canada, Cathay Pacific) and two layovers (Toronto, Hong Kong). Cost: 414 USD. As of right now, Canada and Hong Kong are both allowing transit passengers.
There is also a pretty cheap option using my United frequent-flier miles. Both flights are on Turkish Airlines (United partner), with a layover of about 10 hours in Istanbul. Cost: 38,500 miles + 11.50 USD.
Some people on Forumosa have recommended flying on a Taiwanese airline (China Airlines or EVA Air) since they are more likely to understand and accept the Resident Authorization Certificate (or be able to call Taipei to verify my eligibility to board a plane to Taiwan). There are no nonstop flights from my home city in the States to Taiwan, so I would have to travel domestically for the first leg of the trip. Cost: The cheapest itineraries on China Airlines are about 700 or 800 USD.
Which would you recommend?