Which Route is Better?

Old Dec 31, 19, 1:39 pm
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Which Route is Better?

My wife and I are flying SFO-BKK in early March using AA points for JAL business. Unfortunately, JL1/JL33 has no availability. The two options being presented on the AA website are:

SFO-SEA is an A320 in economy on AS, two hour layover in SEA
SEA-NRT is a JAL 788, two hour layover in NRT
NRT-BKK is a regional JAL 788 with angle flat seating
Arrival is 1145PM in Bangkok

SFO-LAX is an A320 in economy on AS, two hour layover at LAX
LAX-KIX is a JAL 789, five hour layover in KIX
KIX-BKK is a regional JAL788 with (I think) angle flat seating
Arrival is 5AM in BKK

weíre leaning toward the SEA flight because Iíd prefer not to try to have an overnight flight in the angle flat seats based on reviews Iíve read.

Any opinions?

And, yes, Iím checking daily for the JL1/33 combo and if I find it, Iíll change in a heartbeat.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 4:31 pm
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SS vs SSIII? That’s not even a question. Go with SEA
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Old Dec 31, 19, 8:09 pm
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I would try to get a little bit longer layover at SEA. Two hours is a bit tight if things go wrong, and both SFO (weather) and SEA (lack of gates, bus gates, weather) have been challenging for AS recently.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 6:34 pm
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I would for sure go with the second option, less time in economy
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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:12 am
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I would go for the second option due to arrival time at Bangkok, saves a night of lodging.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 12:35 am
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I would go with the morning arrival in BKK too - it will give you more day-time at destination and make adapting to the time difference easier. On the evening arrival you arrive late and straight to bed - which may not be easy if you slept onboard as well (after that journey it will likely be challenging to stack awake).

Iím (sadly) doing ORD-NRT-BKK and on the 11:45pm arrival in a monthís time, and not looking forward to it for those reasons.
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