I’ve wrapped up my time in Singapore and have narrowed my return flights to two choices. The decision has been surprisingly difficult.
Often, time and value work against each other. While I am thankful to have the freedom to set my own hours, I recognize what a valuable commodity time is, especially as my son continues to grow so fast. Thus, I am faced with what I’ll call a time option or value option.
Option One: fly to Taipei on Scoot, then take Philippine Airlines (PAL) to New York via Manila aboard the A350 in business class. I’ve been wanting to review this airline and particularly this A350 product and a one-way ticket is only $1287, an extraordinary value. The routing would force an extra night in Singapore, an overnight in Manila, and arrive in New York too late to catch a connection back to Los Angeles. In short, I’d lose an extra 2.5 days in exchange for a chance to review PAL. I also likely would not get upgraded from New York to LA…
Option Two: take United home to LA via San Francisco. I’d get home quickly and my overall travel time would be greatly reduced. But there’s a catch. Business class is full: I’d have to fly in economy class. 15+ hours is a long…long…long…long time to fly economy class. It’s not that I cannot do it, it is that I don’t have to do it. But I could use the EQMs.
You might say there is a third way. Why not fly Singapore Airlines back to LAX nonstop? I would if there if there was a business class award space, but there is not…not even at the higher “advantage” level. I’d rather take United EconomyPlus and save the money then take Premium Economy on Singapore. I’d take Singapore Suites in a heartbeat if there was award space…to Zurich, London, or even in Shanghai. There’s not. I’d take Korean Air home (I’ve got the miles), but we are in peak season and I’m not paying the huge mileage premium. So I am limiting myself to the two options above.
My wife has given me the green light to review PAL. She shares in my hope that I am building something great at Live and Let’s Fly. But I’m feeling guilty. I’ve been away all week…now 2.5 days more? I miss my wife. I miss my son. As much as I don’t want to have to return to Taipei to take this trip at a future time when I am so close now; as much as I want to avoid economy class on a transpacific flight…I just want to get home. That’s why, as odd as it may sound, I am leaning toward the United option.
Now you know my dilemma. Am I missing anything in my analysis? Let me know your thoughts.
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