Having traveled to the States for Christmas holiday, I thought it would take another year or two for us to head back there. It turned out to be a scant 3-months. The cost is usually prohibitive but the discounted business class tickets they offered in the SMX Travel Fair sure did make us change our minds.
A round trip business class ticket from Manila to New York is normally USD 5,000 (Php 215,000) more or less. We luckily found a USD 2,000 Manila to Los Angeles so the hubby proposed that we take that route to get to New York.
Kinda crazy, huh?
Well, you can’t expect anything else from my guy.
On estimate, we spent USD 2,500 (Php 107,500) per person to fly to
Manila- Beijing – Los Angeles – New York business style.
That’s half the usual price!
The Manila- Beijing- Los Angeles flight was from Air China and our Los Angeles- New York we got from United. Air China’s business class seats and service were fantastic but I still prefer United’s. Now, this is the good life.
After 30 hours of flying and the hubby puking, we finally arrived in our home sweet home in Jersey.
The evening before our flight the hubby got food poisoned at Bravo Restaurant along JP Rizal. The beer was good but the food seemed to have a special ingredient that night.
The husband was sick the entire evening up until the time we got to New York. My poor separated-shouldered food-poisoned boy refused to eat nor drink anything during the entire flight even water for fear of further aggravating his stomach.
To think that he actually just came from a Central Asian trip on the same day. (Talk about commitment!)
Here are some photos inside the VIP Lounge —
What was initially a 9-day trip turned into 10 after our connecting flight from Beijing flew off 15 minutes ahead of schedule, leaving us behind. I wouldn’t mind being stuck in US, Germany ,and Austria,and other English- and German-speaking countries where I can speak and understand the language. But China is another story.
The hubby and I are unfortunately, non-Chinese speakers and to make it more complex the Chinese airport and airline crew also struggled in speaking English. Air China staff even appeared to have had problems communicating with one another, which explains why our connecting flight was not held at the gate.
I have to say, the husband’s negotiation skills are unwarranted. Not only was he able to spare us of coach class flying, he was even able to upgrade our business seats to first class.
It was a whirlwind trip which was fun, crazy, disastrous and filled with hassles at times but it was definitely worth it.
If you chance upon discounted flights go ahead and treat yourself. I’d also appreciate if you can share with me where you got it 🙂