My company allows us to fly to Europe in business class, which is quite nice of them. That said, those tickets can cost in the $7,000 range, and God knows I am not worth spending $7,000 on. Also, it kinda makes me physically ill to spend $7,000 on an airplane ticket.
So when I go to Amsterdam more often than not I fly to Frankfurt, where business class tickets are generally in the $3,000-$3,500 range and I buy a cheap coach ticket for the short hop to Amsterdam from there.
I’m going in about a week and flights were ridiculously expensive again – even Frankfurt flights were absurd. But I’ve now convinced myself that traveling in coach is a fate worse than death (even though it isn’t, especially since I can grab an exit row seat on United). So I decided to buy a coach seat over, upgrade using a United systemwide upgrade and come back via this incredibly-stupid-in-hindsight routing:
Amsterdam to Frankfurt on Lufthansa; Frankfurt to Zurich on Lufthansa; Zurich to JFK on SWISS.
There are several reasons why that is ridiculous. First, the Amsterdam-Frankfurt leg leaves at 7 o’clock in the morning, the morning after we have some sort of social event in the office. I will be a mess. Second, when I booked it hopping around Europe sounded kinda exotic. But then when I thought about it, it occurred to me that this would be like one of my European counterparts flying home JFK-Pittsburgh-Charlotte-Amsterdam, which just sounds incredibly stupid. I am that incredibly stupid guy.
On a plus note, I get to fly SWISS’ business class, which I understand is fantastic. However, my journey home will take 15 hours in business class, instead of 8 on the nonstop in coach. I believe the extra 7 hours will negate the enjoyment I would normally have flying coach.
Also, I believe I saved $4,000 compared to my colleagues who are flying nonstop. That is no consolation.
Anyone every do anything ridiculous like this?