Last week I wrote about my dilemma over an expiring Korean Air award. I’ve now found a solution and thankfully salvaged the ticket.
Since Korean Air SkyTeam partner award tickets must end in the same country as they begin, I was stuck flying to either Dubai or Abu Dhabi, both part of the United Arab Emirates. It’s too bad, because I would preferred to fly into Tel Aviv, also part of the Middle East region, and then returned to the USA on the EL-AL 787, a product I have been wanting to review for quite some time. Oh well.
The original plan was to fly on Aeroflot via Moscow, but since that space is apparently blocked, I was forced to look elsewhere.
From Los Angeles, the only space that appeared available was on Saudia. Now I would have taken Saudia if I had to…it was a very pleasant journey last year…but I used Expert Flyer instead to piece together a slightly more complex routing.
I found award space on Aeromexico from Los Angeles to Paris via Mexico City. Aeromexico has two flights per day from MEX to CDG and I made sure to book the 787-9 flight, which features reverse herringbone seating and direct aisle access from every seat. The other flight is operated by a 787-8 which has 2-2-2 business class seating and no direct aisle access if seated at the window.
From Paris, I’ll connect to an Air France 777-300ER to Dubai. That flight also features reverse herringbone seating and will give me a chance to at least peak at first class. Air France First Class remains at the top of my travel bucket list.
Fuel Surcharge Refund
It’s icing on the cake, but I also received a refund of $242 because Aeromexico has no fuel surcharges while Aeroflot does. The change fee was $30 so I came out way ahead!
It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do a real “review” trip. I am happy to try to new airlines for the first time and review two new business class products. As much as love first class, these business class reviews are more helpful for more people. Stay tuned for the trip next month.