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(Very) long haul flight advice
Now I appreciate that this is very much a first world problem; yet I’d appreciate your thoughts on this.
I’m going on holiday to New Zealand and Australia later this year, flying LHR-DXB-MEL-AKL. There are some short stops along the way, but I’ll pretty much be flying from London (where I’m based) to Auckland without major interruptions.
It recently emerged that I might need to go to the US for a work trip the week before and I have two options for my itinerary:
Fly back from the US (East Coast) on a Friday, arrive in London early Saturday morning, stay at the airport and fly out to Auckland that very same day. I would be able to access a lounge at LHR in the morning.
Fly back from the US on a Thursday, arrive in London early Friday, spend one night at home in London and fly out to Auckland the day after.
Does anyone have any thoughts on which option might be the better one (e.g. in terms of jetlag)? I should point out that most, if not all flights will be in Economy.
Looking forward to your thoughts.
I like the idea of stopping at home for a day before continuing, especially if travel is mostly in economy.
For jetlag, try adjusting to the timezone of your destination a couple of days before, that helps.
I did a very similar trip a few years ago and I didn’t spend the night in London, just flew out again. In hindsight, I would have preferred a night at home before flying out again.