Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Asia > India
Reload this Page >

To Delhi via East or West

To Delhi via East or West

Old Feb 12, 19, 12:14 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Orlando
Programs: Delta-Million miler
Posts: 1,001
To Delhi via East or West

I will be off to Delhi in November. Although I live in the east coast, due to personal reasons, I have chosen to fly via the pacific route. First thing I noticed was the number of airlines that fly with a myriad of connections to Delhi. Singapore Airlines might be the best but the fare is a little higher. Since this is likely to be a long flight with at least one stop, comfortable seating would be my first preference. Unfortunately, I can't afford business class for the number of passengers who will be accompanying me. Any suggestions?
Gynob001 is offline  
Old Feb 12, 19, 4:03 pm
  #2  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Falkirk, Scotland,VS Red, BA Gold, HH Diamond,UK Amex Plat
Programs: Master of the Privy Purse des Muccis
Posts: 13,070
Originally Posted by Gynob001 View Post
I will be off to Delhi in November. Although I live in the east coast, due to personal reasons, I have chosen to fly via the pacific route. First thing I noticed was the number of airlines that fly with a myriad of connections to Delhi. Singapore Airlines might be the best but the fare is a little higher. Since this is likely to be a long flight with at least one stop, comfortable seating would be my first preference. Unfortunately, I can't afford business class for the number of passengers who will be accompanying me. Any suggestions?
Hi,

Can you afford premium economy? ( or use miles on some airlines?)

Regards

TBS
The _Banking_Scot is offline  
Old Feb 12, 19, 4:21 pm
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Orlando
Programs: Delta-Million miler
Posts: 1,001
I have Delta Sky miles-not sure whether I can use to book in any parent airlines in the west route.
Gynob001 is offline  
Old Feb 12, 19, 4:24 pm
  #4  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: LAX-SNA
Programs: BA Gold, AF/KL Gold, UA 1K, AA 2mm LT PLT/f
Posts: 19,217
What is your price point? How much are you willing to spend for the RT?
SFO777 is offline  
Old Feb 12, 19, 4:27 pm
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Falkirk, Scotland,VS Red, BA Gold, HH Diamond,UK Amex Plat
Programs: Master of the Privy Purse des Muccis
Posts: 13,070
Hi,

Yuo might be able to use them on Korean air or some of the chinese airlines ( I am not familiar with Sky team/Delta as I am One world ( BA).-you may want to ask on the Delta forum.

If you had been able to go east you could use miles on Virgin Atlantic/Alitalia/ Air France.

I think going west will be considerably longer than going east ( do you want to go straight through or stop off for a day or two enroute?)

Regards

TBS
The _Banking_Scot is offline  
Old Feb 12, 19, 4:47 pm
  #6  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: LAX-SNA
Programs: BA Gold, AF/KL Gold, UA 1K, AA 2mm LT PLT/f
Posts: 19,217
Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot View Post
I think going west will be considerably longer than going east...
This. Even longer in Economy.
StartinSanDiego likes this.
SFO777 is offline  
Old Feb 12, 19, 5:19 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Long Beach, CA
Programs: AA PLT, Hilton Diamond, IHG PlatAmb, Marriott Gold, Hyatt Discoverist, Radisson Gold
Posts: 2,857
I did it back in December - went eastbound the whole way. I ended up breaking up the journey on the way there with an overnight connection and then the same on the way home via Singapore. Not sure if that is practical in your situation.
OskiBear is offline  
Old Feb 14, 19, 6:53 am
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Orlando
Programs: Delta-Million miler
Posts: 1,001
Loved the Philippine airline fare and their general reputation but was concerned about the fairly long transit in Manila.
A related question-My trip is in November-how far in advance should I book to get a good fare?
Gynob001 is offline  
Old Feb 14, 19, 8:44 am
  #9  
Moderator: Travel Buzz, Chase Credit Cards
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Sunny San Diego
Posts: 2,750
Moderator Note: Please follow the thread as it relocates to the India forum.
StartinSanDiego is offline  
Old Feb 15, 19, 10:58 pm
  #10  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Delhi, India
Programs: Bonvoy Ambassador & Lifetime Titanium, IHG Plat, HH Gold, Trident Plat, DL Diamond, AI Maharajah
Posts: 26,561
i fly between del & the east coast 7-8 times a year with skyteam....i would definitely not fly via the west coast, specially in economy....it would just take too long....

see if you can fly af & use your dl miles to upgrade to premium economy....
Keyser is online now  
Old Mar 28, 19, 12:04 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 2
India flight advice
Traveling to India with wife and three kids in late December 2019 and evaluating two similarly priced itineraries. I am OneWorld Emerald if that matters and traveling Economy probably.

1) LAX-HEL-DEL inbound via FinnAir
BOM-HKG (+9 hours)- LAX via Cathay
(Hacker fare) $1400 RT

2) LAX-HKG (+9 hours)-DEL via Cathay
BOM-HKG-LAX via Cathay
$1700 RT


Is FinnAir reliable?
Is either airline more kid friendly?
Does AA exec Platinum/OneWorld emerald make any difference?
Is flying time a factor?
Shoukd I just cheaper one?

Appreciate any guidance.

Ab
AbhijayPrakash is offline  
Old Apr 1, 19, 6:18 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Long Beach, CA
Programs: AA PLT, Hilton Diamond, IHG PlatAmb, Marriott Gold, Hyatt Discoverist, Radisson Gold
Posts: 2,857
One nice thing about Finnair is that you get access to their Economy Comfort seats with more legroom as a Oneworld Emerald. I flew LAX-LHR-HEL-DEL with the last leg on Finnair last year and it was fine. I've flown Finnair many times and have no complaints about their service.
OskiBear is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread