Greetings once again from SE Asia. I’m working late in Vientiane, Laos this evening.
The Novotel at BKK was over $200 so I thought, what the heck, let’s turn lemons into lemonade. I’ve never been to Laos before and the r/t airline ticket plus hotel here came out about the same price as another night at the Novotel.
But I need to get home. Checking off new countries is fun, but checking on my 7-month-old’s diaper is probably more pressing. Nevertheless, if you know me by now you know that I will not be taking the most direct route home. It’s just not in me.
So here’s what I’m considering:
Option One: Kenya Airways Business Class from Bangkok to Hong Kong ($280) + Korean Air First Class from Hong Kong to Los Angeles via Seoul (80K Chase to Korean)
I’ve never flown either carrier and am trying to review every SkyTeam carrier in the next year. I’d love to do an A380 first class comparison between Asiana and Korean on the A380 route (I’ve already flown Asiana, just never published a report). I’d also get a seat on the 747-8 First Class Kosmo 2.0 suites from HKG-ICN. Downside: plenty of other reviews out there.
Option Two: Bangkok to London via Dhaka in Biman Bangladesh Business Class (~$1K) + London to Madrid on British Airways (7K Avios) + Madrid to Los Angeles on Iberia (42.5K Avios)
The original plan was to fly to on the Ethiopian Airlines fare to Toronto then connect back to Madrid on a cheap flight and use an award I booked months ago from MAD-LAX during an Avios sale. The normal price is much higher on the MAD-LAX route. Plus, flying on Biman’s premier flight #1 to London would be interesting…probably a bit like the Pakistan Airlines experience I had with Lucky. Another bonus: I’ve never set food in Bangladesh before, so it would be another check mark on the list.
Option Three: Bangkok to Guangzhou to Los Angeles in China Southern First Class (100K Chase to Korean)
I still intend to fly all A380s and have not been on China Southern’s. Even so, it kills me to even think about wasting 100K points on something that might resemble this.
What do you think? Any preference or anything I am missing? Too bad those cheap Qatar fares ex-BKK are no longer available.