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Biz Award to HYD. Inputs needed.
Looking for 2 Biz award tickets (one way) for parents from NYC – HYD.
Very flexible on dates and looking for tickets between Oct 25 – Nov 13.
I have been on EY Biz and like it. But I heard a lot of good things about QR Biz as well.
My parents can maneuver if instructed properly but not well versed travelers.
I am looking for a swift experience with minimum connections, so thinking of using AA miles and book on QR or CX.
I also have a ton of UA/UR so open for options.
Based on availability I am looking for recommendations among the following
Using AA Miles:
Using UA Miles:
and so on
Star Alliance does not have 1 stop itineraries to HYD, except for Air India. So I am very hesitant to go that route.
I think for Biz, QR would be my top choice.
CX and EY are comparable, EY’s catering edges out CX’s but CX has the reverse herringbones. On the ground, CX has a few lounges to choose from and all are excellent. AUH lounges can be crowded during rush hour. Flying CX via HKG is a longer time in the air but the overall flight time also depends on the length of the layover.
I wouldnt go for any of the *A options since they all require 2 connections. Part of me is surprised TK doesnt serve HYD because TK would be a fantastic option.
Thanks [USER=29]@David W[/USER]
Yeah none of the *A serve HYD from international routes except for TG from BKK.
Only other options will be on AI flights via DEL/BOM which I am not a huge fan of.
Personally I’ve found parents (or non-AVgeek folks) aren’t as particular about the fine aspects of the seats as we are. I would focus on travel time and connections. Guessing EY and QR will be the top choices.
I wouldn’t not fly AI if they are the most convenient. Everything else being equal I’d go with someone else but I’ve flown them in the past and they were [I]fine[/I]. Of course variability is more likely but overall it will get the job done.
I think parents would like QR, as they’ll be able to sit next to each other. Mine always seem to like that more than the reverse herringbone.
Very sweet of you! 🙂
[QUOTE=”Tiffany, post: 17948, member: 7″]I think parents would like QR, as they’ll be able to sit next to each other. Mine always seem to like that more than the reverse herringbone.
Very sweet of you! :)[/QUOTE]
That’s true. 350 could be a nicer plane and better seats [I]for me[/I]. But the 777 is leaving JFK at a better time (in the night) and a good connection time in DOH. I will go that way. Thanks everyone.
Will try to see if my dad can take some pictures and post them in the “Trips and tips” section.
I think the 777’s 2-2-2 seating is fine when traveling with someone. Not as awkward when you have to leap over to get out of the seat.
[QUOTE=”David W, post: 17968, member: 29″]I think the 777’s 2-2-2 seating is fine when traveling with someone. Not as awkward when you have to leap over to get out of the seat.[/QUOTE]
Yeah. I liked the middle seats on EY 380 when travelling with my wife. No complaints about not having a window for myself.
I finally booked this itinerary:
JFK-DOH on QR 777-300
DOH-AUH on EY
AUH-HYD on EY
Used 70K AA Miles each and got 10K (7K+3K) AA miles back from the AA Aviator Red card. Overall, 65K a person. Very happy about the redemption.
Will keep checking DOH-HYD if something opens up on J.
Maybe you can get QR DOH-AUH since that codes as First Class. Al Safwa lounge!
[QUOTE=”David W, post: 18851, member: 29″]Maybe you can get QR DOH-AUH since that codes as First Class. Al Safwa lounge![/QUOTE]
Tried that. No availability.