As I mentioned in my post last week, I’ve yet to book return flights from Asia for this Saturday. It’s been sort of fun to turn this into a game and see what pops up last minute. I was hoping for some Lufthansa 747-400/A380 first space to open via their hubs in Germany to NY, but there’s been nothing yet (just the A330). I have my alerts set up and I’m checking manually as well. I’ve also been monitoring Etihad/Qatar/Emirates space for Saturday. I think things will open up as we get closer but at this point I have three different itineraries on hold and or ticketed. I have AA miles, AMEX MR points, BA avios, Chase UR points, SPG points, and UA miles at my disposal. All itineraries are first but some of the connections are business on two-cabin aircraft (CX720, NH916, TG418). Which would you select? I still think other options will open up prior to Saturday, especially at the 48 hour mark…
Remember, you can still place flights on hold using United.com. Check out Gary’s post from back in June for further details.
#1 Cathay / AA – On hold until January 16th (Cathay First but long connections in HKG and LAX)
#2 Lufthansa – On hold until January 16th (FRA F Terminal, though not the 747/A380 flights)
#3 Lufthansa / ANA – Not on Hold
#4 Thai / ANA – Not on Hold
#5 Ethopian / Thai (A380) / ANA – On hold until January 16th (Thai F Lounge & Thai F A380 with ANA F…but 7 hour 35 minute layover in Bangkok beginning at 12:25am and tight connect in NRT)