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Biz Award to HYD. Inputs needed.

Biz Award to HYD. Inputs needed.

  1. PhatMiles

    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:
    EY
    QR
    CX

    Using UA Miles:
    Star Alliance
    eg:
    JFK-FRA-BLR-HYD
    JFK-VIE-DEL-HYD
    JFK-ZRH-DEL-HYD
    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.

  2. David W

    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.

  3. PhatMiles

    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.

  4. Gaurav

    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.

  5. Anonymous

    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! 🙂

  6. PhatMiles

    [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.

  7. David W

    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.

  8. PhatMiles

    [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.

  9. PhatMiles

    [Update]
    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.

  10. David W

    Maybe you can get QR DOH-AUH since that codes as First Class. Al Safwa lounge!

  11. PhatMiles

    [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.

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