In 2016 I want to review a lot of new airline products on the blog. And I’m off to a good start, because in the next month I’ll be reviewing Finnair A350 business class, Air India 777 first class (twice), and Hainan Airlines 787 business class!
This morning I was getting ready to book my next trip, where I was going to fly from Los Angeles to London the long way.
On the outbound I was going to redeem 60,000 LifeMiles for Avianca business class from Los Angeles to Bogota to London, and on the return I was going to redeem 62,500 FlyingBlue miles for Saudia business class from London to Jeddah to Los Angeles.
So I opened up two browsers — one for the outbound and one for the return — with the intent of ticketing them both around the same time. But then when I got to the ticketing page, I was informed the Saudia award would cost 150,000 miles rather than 62,500 miles. Grrr, I guess the pricing of 62,500 miles one-way was in fact a glitch.
On the plus side, there was a backup option, on Aeromexico through Mexico City. That seemed like a fun option as well.
So I went to ticket the outbound, and before I did, double checked the seatmap for both flights — Los Angeles to Bogota was supposed to be operated by a 787 featuring reverse herringbone business class seats, while Bogota to London was supposed to be operated by an A330 featuring reverse herringbone business class seats as well.
Good thing I checked the seatmap for Bogota to London, because in the meantime they had swapped the plane to an A330 featuring their old angled business class seats.
And then when I looked at the return, I noticed that Air France FlyingBlue was also accidentally displaying the Aeromexico award as costing 62,500 miles, when the booking page said it would cost 68,750 miles.
Guess it’s back to the drawing board in this award…