Is 120K Miles a Good Deal for EWR-BOM-EWR in UA BusinessFirst?
Hi, Apologies if this is the incorrect forum. A newbie on FlyerTalk and this is my second post. It's amazing how great a community this is and how everyone is so helpful and forthcoming with information. As I get more acclimatized to FT, I wanted to throw a question to all you flying veterans and check if I am flying in the right direction with my use of miles or if I am short-selling myself.
My wife and kid are traveling to BOM for a month on vaca and I am getting two return tickets for them on UA using my miles (EWR-BOM-EWR) on the non-stop flights (UA48 & 49) for 120K each in BusinessFirst.
Having never done this before, is this is a good spend of miles? Or should I buy in economy and use miles to upgrade? Or is there a third alternative that I am missing?
Last edited by FlyinHawaiian; Jan 3, 13 at 11:28 am.
Reason: vague thread title
Programs: Former UA Gold, Platinum and 1K (now I just pay for upgrades if I want them)
agree a super good use of miles. It's a long trip (15 hours) so any Business Class seat will be a very good use of miles.
like it was said, taking another carrier with a better Int'l reputation might be preferred, since you have a non-stop confirmed, its totally worth it. and if they have not flown other airlines internationally, they will probably really like United Business First.
Having flown EWR-DEL (connecting from the West Coast) once a month for 4 months straight (in a mix of economy and BusinessFirst) I can say first hand the value of being in BF. It's probably one of the few routes where there is no question getting a BF seat at Saver level (120K Roundtrip) is a great deal.
The flight there can be anywhere from 13-14 hrs, and an hour or two more on the way back.
Sitting in economy (with the exception of exit row) is a very long, dreadful, slog for teens of hours (especially so in E-).
I'd also add that if you are using miles and considering other carriers (as others suggested), SQ is an option, as well as LH (though I don't know if you will be able to get the new lie-flat seats on your particular route). Perhaps ANA can be an option as well or Thai.
I think redemption of 120K miles for EWR-FRA-BOM on upgraded LH's 747's or 748's to DEL are even better. Gives you a chances to sample LH's superior product and perhaps stretch your legs with a brief stop at FRA. You can even sample decent food offerings at the FRA LH lounges. Stretch a bit to 140K redemption and you can fly first and avail the FCL/FCT at FRA or MUC!
Check actual availability on ANA (if you have an account) or AwardNexus.com as United.com tends to display ghost availability especially more than T-14 days.