SV RUH/JED Transit or Go LHR-SIN?

Old Jan 6, 14, 8:50 am
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SV RUH/JED Transit or Go LHR-SIN?

Okay, so I'm getting ready to fly to MNL and am looking at two options:

The first is on SV IAD to either RUH or JED with a 10-12 hour layover in each then onward to MNL. Total transit time: about 33 hours. This I can get for about $700 o/w.

The second option is via SQ starting IAD (on VirginAtlantic) to LHR (6 hour stop) then to SIN (2.5 hour stop) and then to MNL. Total transit: about 31 hours. This trip costs $1200 o/w.

I'm asking because it seems that the Saudi airports aren't too transit friendly and their transit visas to tour around the cities seems to be quite difficult to get (especially since I'm planning on departing Thurs or Friday this week). The additional $500 isn't that significant (but it is inconvenient).

I'm really looking for the most comfortable way to travel.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 6, 14, 11:58 am
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I think transit visa's are impossible to get now(?).

12 hours at an airport would drive me insane, but $500 is tempting.
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Old Jan 6, 14, 12:11 pm
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You won't get a transit visa at such short notice (if at all); the wheels of bureaucracy move slowly So you should expect to spend that time in the airport departure lounge.

As DanielW says, tempting ... but it's your money. I've posted many times about the facilities at RUH; it's certainly survivable.
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Old Jan 6, 14, 8:41 pm
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Thanks guys. When the SV flight IAD-JED-MNL is $700 and the SQ is IAD-LHR-SIN-MNL for $1300, it's really difficult to justify the higher price - even though I'd like to try VS (IAD-LHR) and I've been told that being ticketed through SQ means I won't earn MP UA miles unless the tix was booked through UA. So might as well fly SV and earn DL miles.
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