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Help me rank these three flight options!
HELP! Trying to book my return flight from Australia next March to south Florida (preferrably RSW, but any SFL airport will do). For such a long flight, I do want to fly premium as much as the way home as possible and because I was not able to find any award options that work for my times, the three factors I am considering is price, quality of the premium product (so, essentially combine those two and say value) and arriving home as early as possible after a Saturday morning departure from Brisbane (I’ll actually be leaving from Cairns, but all the options are from BNE so taking a cheap short hop over at 5am to position). Unless I was willing to shell out close to $8k for a one way direct from BNE-LAX on either Qantas or Virgin, no other flights seem to get me to the US early enough for a connection home same day Saturday night unfortunately, so I’ve focused on what can get me home as early Sunday morning as possible and came up with three options I would be willing to shell out the cash for that I need help ranking based on others experience. Because there is a bit of a price difference between all 3, I guess end of the day I just want to know whether any of the non-price factors would bump either of the other two options ahead of the cheapest if price was not a concern in purchasing any of the below.
#1 – Philippine Airlines BNE-MNL-JFK for about $3k, arriving late Saturday night and connecting home first thing Sunday morning. +++Flights are on the brand new A321NEO and A350 which look to be a great improvement in hard product and it is the cheapest. — no alliance to earn miles on, very little out there on whether the soft product and connection in Manila has improved and requires an overnight stay in NYC.
#2 – Air New Zealand BNE-AKL-LAX or SFO, arriving late morning, then late night JetBlue redeye, getting home very early Sunday morning, with option to finally try Mint for all in a little over $4k, or just JetBlue economy for closer to the same price as Option 1. +++Earn *A miles, and I am strange and kind of like getting to fly the local airline of the country/ies I am visiting and this is the cheapest of the Qantas, ANZ, VA options. — long transcon economy flight if I want to match the same price as Option 1, ANZ herringbone usually least desirable of the seat options and requires an all day/early evening layover in LAX or SFO.
#3 – Singapore Air BNE-SIN-EWR, arriving early Sun morning and immediately connect home on a cheap economy flight for about $4700. +++Highly rated airline I’ve been wanting to try at some point, could choose flight times that allows me a full afternoon and evening to explore Singapore which is on my list of places to visit (rather than just a domestic layover that does not excite me) and I get to AvGeek out by getting to fly on the world’s longest flight. —most expensive unless I went the waitlist route for an award and transferred miles to Singapore and less than glowing reviews on the A350 seating, especially in bed mode, unless I can get a bulkhead when those seats open up at check in.
Thanks for your help everyone!