My Qatar Airways 777-3ooER Qsuite flight is right around the corner. But I have nothing booked home…
This is a review trip and I’m not planning on spending any time in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s a lovely city that I have visited in the past, but this time my objective is to come straight home…too much going on in LA.
There are easy choices…like fly United Airlines from Hong Kong or Singapore. I may well do that just to save time and keep building my lifetime status. But I feel like I’d be doing myself and you a disservice if I did not try out a new product on the way home.
Thus, I’ve narrowed it down to four options.
1. Etihad Business Class
I’ve flown Etihad First Class before on the A380 and 777 as well as business class on the A330, but the business class flight was only from Male to Abu Dhabi, so relatively short. I’d like to try the Business Studio aboard the A380. By the way, I will eventually get to the India + Maldives + Etihad trip report…
2. Korean Air First Class
I have yet to fly Korean Air First Class. I’d position to Hong Kong to try out the Kosmo Suites 2.0 aboard the 747-8 then the Kosmo Suites on the A380 to LAX.
3. JAL Business Class
I love JAL First Class and the temptation would be to just pay the extra 20K AA miles to upgrade. But I’ve never flown JAL before and
4. Vietnam Airlines + Virgin Atlantic Business Class
Vietnam Airlines operates a 787-9 to London…this would be my top choice…if there was award space on my date. It would force me to spend two day in Ho Chi Minh City. Now that’s not a bad thing at the Park Hyatt Saigon, but I don’t want to be gone longer than necessary. From London I’d hop on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Los Angeles, which also has the downside of exorbitant fuel surcharges. Note: I know I’ve pictured a Vietnam Airlines A350 above. I’d rather fly that.
5. United Airlines Business Class
I put this in here just because it would be easy, and with my backlog of reviews, maybe that is what I need. Just a connection to Singapore, maybe a night at the Andaz, then a nonstop flight to Los Angeles with no review necessary. I already reviewed Singapore to Los Angeles on United here. I’ll save Singapore Business Class for later in the year.
I am open to other options as well. What do you prefer I fly home from Vietnam?