I am heading to Vietnam this summer and am shopping around for airfare from IAD to HAN and from SGN back to IAD (open jaw). Which airline would you recommend for trans-Pacific flights in Y class, considering the:
- cost (from IAD)
- frequent flyer mileage accruel
- flight schedule and ease of transit at their respective hubs
- aircraft type and Y cabin comfor
- and of course, service on board in Y.
I've seen prices ranging from $1700 to $2300 from IAD. In the past , I've flown Cathay Pacific and was very pleased, but this time around, I want to experience something new (for me). The older CX 744s are looking and feeling a bit dated and I've flown the A346 from JFK (Can't wait to get CX's 773ER to JFK). I'm interested in SQ's 773ER from SFO and A345 from LAX or EWR, and Thai's A345 from LAX, JFK. SQ is consistently more expensive than the others (for fares that will earn UA mileage).
I'm a member of AA's Aadvantage (oneWorld), UA's Mileage Plus (Star Alliance) and DL's SkyMiles (Sky Team), with NO status on any of them. So I'm pretty open minded about trying out different airlines... preferably Asian airlines. I've read from a.net that UA's service and Y cabin for trans-Pac flights are to be avoided, and Korean's Y products are substandard if you consider what SQ, TG, CX, JL and ANA are doing these days in Y.
It would also be nice to visit BKK, SIN or ICN airports as I've never been there. HKG airport is great... I could spend an entire day there doing nothing! But I've been there 4 different times and want to see for myself what others have been talking about.
Sorry for the long-winded "request" for suggestions. Thank you all for your comments in advance... it certainly is appreciated!