My next trip report shows that I am either mentally deranged or truly love flying for the sake of flying.
Before the last American Airlines AAdvantage devaluation, I could not help myself, booking a deliberately complex routing from Mumbai to Paris. Instead of flying JET nonstop, Etihad via Abu Dhabi, or Qatar Airways via Doha, I booked something far more convoluted.
That’s right: why fly nonstop when you can make five stops?
The cost of the itinerary? 40K miles and $88 in taxes. The same ticket is no longer possible on a single award (only three segments are permitted) and the cost is now 62.5K miles.
- Grand Hyatt Mumbai
- GVK Premium Class Lounge Mumbai (BOM)
- Etihad Airways A380 First Class Mumbai to Abu Dhabi
- Etihad Airways A319 Business Class Abu Dhabi to Bahrain
- Gulf Air Business Class Lounge Bahrain (BAH)
- Gulf Air A320 Business Class Bahrain to Amman
- Royal Jordanian Business Class Lounge Amman (AMM)
- Royal Jordanian E-195 Business Class Amman to Kuwait
- Al-Maha (Qatar) A320 First Class Kuwait to Doha
- Qatar Airways Al Safwa Lounge Doha (DOH)
- Qatar Airways A380 First Class Doha to Paris
I’ve held off writing about this for awhile, but now that routing rules have changed and only three segments are permitted on a one-way trip, I think it is safe.
Stay tuned: it was a fun trip. In case you are wondering, I flew United Airlines to Mumbai and home from Beijing (after taking Finnair to Beijing via Helsinki).