Yesterday I wrote a post entitled “Which Oman Air Business Class Itinerary Should I Book?”
As I explained in the post, my goal this year is to review as many new airline products as possible. I’m off to a good start with that goal, as I already flew Finnair business class and Air India first class, and shortly will be flying Hainan Airlines business class, which I’m excited about.
Yesterday my post was about the decent Oman Air fare I saw between Frankfurt and Kuala Lumpur. For ~1,750EUR I could fly from Frankfurt to Muscat to Kuala Lumpur, which would allow me to sample Oman Air’s new and old business class products (Oman Air is one of the few airlines where the old product is what I’m more excited about).
Oman Air’s old business class
Oman Air’s new business class
Well, I’m a complete idiot, because what I failed to realize is that I could actually fly roundtrip business class for less than the price of one-way business class, as pointed out by a reader in the comments section. I looked at a few potential routings, and eventually decided I’d rather fly to Bangkok than Kuala Lumpur, given that Oman Air has their own lounge in Bangkok, which I’d like to review.
So for ~1,750USD I managed to book Frankfurt to Bangkok via Muscat roundtrip:
The best part? Over the course of the four segments, I’m scheduled to fly on all four types of longhaul aircraft Oman Air flies:
- One flight will be operated by a 787 with the new business class product
- One flight will be operated by an A330 with the old business class product without a first class cabin
- One flight will be operated by an A330 with the old business class product with a first class cabin
- One flight will be operated by an A330 with the new business class product
So while four flights might be slightly overdoing it, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity before their old business class product goes away.
From there the challenge was getting to and from Frankfurt. I decided to just book Lufthansa first class both ways, since I know you guys are dying for a review of that. Just kidding. 😉
Instead I’ll be flying from the US to Madrid in Iberia’s new business class, and then from Madrid to Frankfurt in LAN’s new business class, which is an awesome fifth freedom route. I redeemed 50,000 American AAdvantage miles for the outbound.
LAN’s new business class
Then on the return I’ll be routing via Paris so I can sample Air France’s new business class product. I redeemed 62,500 Air France FlyingBlue miles for the return.
Air France’s new business class
This trip will be crazy, given that I’m doing it with virtually no time on the ground. But I’m very excited to be able to sample four new business class products over the course of a few days.
Am I crazy for taking this trip? Which business class product are you most excited to read about?