As a kid I loved to read the “Choose your own adventure” books, so why not pose the question to my readers?
I’m currently posting from the RoissyBus in Paris where I’m capping off an amazing week-long DDF adventure. Hopefully I’ll get around to writing the trip report soon, but I’m running about 3 years behind on those…so you may want to just look at the sneak peak that I offer on Instagram.
My 127.5K United business class award included 24+ hour stops in 3 destinations over 11 flight segments in SAS and United business class, so I’d say it was a very good value.
I’m scheduled to fly home in United business class on an ex-Continental 777-200 with a 2-2-2 business class configuration, but I have the middle bulkhead seat, so I’ll have extra legroom and nobody climbing over me, though that’s at the expense of a window. In fact at this point the cabin is half empty and nobody is even sitting next to me. I have a 2 hour connection in Newark and then fly home in first class on a United 737-900. All told it’s a 12 hour journey from gate to gate.
Lufthansa First would come with the works. The first class terminal in Frankfurt with kosher food and fine spirits followed by a ride in a Porsche onto the plane. It would cost an extra 52.5K miles, not cheap, but hardly the end of the world.
However it would require leaving Paris half an hour earlier than the United flight, and it would require taking a flight from Paris to Frankfurt in Euro business class which is really just coach. I would get 3 hours and 20 minutes to enjoy the first class terminal before spending nearly 9 hours in the front row in the nose of the 747-8. But then I’d have an over 4 hour connection in Newark with a terminal change as the last flight home would be out of Newark’s decrepit Terminal A regional jet facility, and topped off with a flight home in coach. In total the Lufthansa option would add 7 hours to my travel time.
AJK still stands by the Lufthansa option, after all, it’s relatively rare for me to travel alone and have the opportunity to do this without bothering the wife and kids. Then again I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in over a week myself and paying to make a 12 hour journey into a 19 hour journey seems pretty silly to me.
Had I never flown Lufthansa First I’d probably do it in a heartbeat, but I have flown it before and have experienced the first class terminal, though granted it was 6 years ago in a much older 747 first class product (though at the time it was in the awesome upper deck, alas sans the extra bed that came afterward and has now gone the way of the Dodo).
Care to choose my own adventure?
Stick with the 12 hour United Business class? Or pay 52.5K extra miles to fly Lufthansa First and go to the First Class Terminal again, but add 2 coach flight segments and 7 hours to the journey?
Vote now 😀