ExPenhMan wrote:Pussies! My regular flight is 15-15.5 hours non-stop, and that doesn't even get me to SEA: Either Toronto to Hong Kong or Toronto to Taipei. It feels like it's never going to end. Then you look at your watch and it's only been 11 hours, you want to jump out of the jet. Then I upgraded to Premium Economy on the EVA flight to Taipei. That helped
At last count, I believe I'm at nearly 60 flights of those two segments, and nearly a 100 if all NA destinations are included (from TPE/HKG), although the majority in business class. If you have any star alliance mileage account, you may want to look into booking B/Y full economy fares on EVA (which are ridicousky cheap relative to competitors, ~1400$ vs 2500-3000$) and upgrading to business class, usually for 25-30k miles per segment. This will put you in Royal Laurel class sipping either Dom, Krug or La grande dame in a full lay flat.
Slightly off topic but...
Part of the reason for nearly half of the flights...during the financial meltdown in early '09, while sipping Leo in a hammock in Northern Thai, I stumbled upon AC offering SFO/LAX-YYZ-HKG-YVR-SFO/LAX returns for 530$ In economy with no stay requirements on the cheapest fares. At the time these cheapest fares provided full mileage and status qualifications, and free upgrades to business with upgrade certificates given out as various status levels are reached. I devised a method to do 20 direct turn around roundtrips consecutively, with a few random overnights in YVR (so as to be able to pick mailed upgrade certificates) and a couple in SFO/LAX due to schedule availability. Initially, I had low status so flew in economy the first three trips, but had lounge access everywhere, and then reached top tier status but the paper upgrade certs usually took a couple weeks to receive by mail. However, due a volcanic eruption in Iceland, many flights were diverted to HKG, and since I had reached top status, I was continuously upgraded to business class as they filled up economy with the diverted passengers. By then I had received my certs and upgraded every single flight for the next 10 or so roundtrips, terminating a nearly fifty day non stop pacific flying adventure. Needless to say my liver was swollen, I had eaten more cheese than I could imagine, and I had gained nearly 10kg!
All in all I spent around 16000$ on airfares that year and the next including a trips to Hawaii, Europe, Mexico and Asia, (all upgraded to business as I was flush with certificates and had top status the subsequent year as well). After 30 or so international trips, only three in economy although all on bought cheap economy fares, I was left with well over a million Aeroplan airmile points. (The airline then started gutting the program in part due to my escapades). I then proceeded to book on points 3 business and 9 first class trips around the worlds trips, starting in late 2010 until 2015 (by that time the redemption rates had skyrocketed), flying nearly every Star Alliance airline in privates suites multiple times. Highlights included the Swiss FC, Thai leased Jet Air suites, ANA Quattro, and Singapore suites, among many others, not to mention the FRA, ZUC, TG, and SIN first class lounges and getting chauffeured to flights in luxury cars. I loosely kept prices for all my trips and estimated that I had flown over 500000$ worth of flights for the initial outlay of about 16000$ (which included many purposeful trips).
Needless to say, due to my suspicious itinerary of those 20 HKG direct turnarounds, I was sent for secondary screening every single time transiting in YZZ as they never let me through the transit desk and sent me down to customs. Thankfully not the case in YVR, and strangely only once did I get secondary while pre clearing USA customs (I dared not apply for a Nexus card).