|Travel, money, etc.
||[Jul. 19th, 2010|12:13 pm]
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My wife and I are planning a trip for this fall for which tickets are going to be very expensive--the very cheapest I can find will set us back over $1400 each, and most cost between $1500-$1800. |
However, my wife travels extensively for her job, so she has a huge pile of frequent-flier miles saved up. If we buy full-priced tickets on the right airlines, we'll use her miles to get free upgrades to business class. This is going to be a slightly grueling series of flights--we're looking at over 24 hours in total transit time, with 6, 7, and 9 hour legs. But to be eligible for the upgrades, we'll have to pay more for the tickets in the first place (probably $2000 each). So my questions are:
1. Is the business class upgrade, in your opinion, worth an extra $1000+ in total expenses?
2. Does that change when you hear that even with the higher price tag, it still allows us to get business class tickets for about 1/4 what they would normally cost?
3. How much would it be worth to you?
4. Would you prefer an itinerary with only one stop, but an overnight layover (arriving at midnight and leaving the next morning), or two changes of plane but shorter connection times (an hour and a half for one, two hours for the other)?
Basically, I'm torn between feeling like we could get a really good deal on business class tickets (because, again, this would be really cheap for business class), and preferring to save on the total cost. My wife is more horrified than I am about spending ~24 hrs in coach, and thinks the comfort will be worth it.