We Booked An Incredibly Long Flight with a Toddler
17 Hours & 50 Minutes……
We got this.
My wife and are I professional travelers or so I tell myself. 😉 To be fair we have lived on the road and traveled long term many times. Our family travel has taken us to over 60 countries where we have ridden every form of transportation from rat infested cruise ships to first class cabins. We have also stayed at every type of accommodation from hellholes to Presidential Suites.
On family trips we have endured long overnights in airports multiple times, treacherously long bus journeys and some of the most challenging days of our lives. We have experienced all of the joy of traveling with children and many of the challenges.
We got this.
Or at least that is what I am telling myself after I just clicked “Book” to confirm our upcoming 17 hour and 50 minute flight from Los Angeles to Singapore. My wife and I will be fine, but we are also taking our almost four year old daughter. 😱
An Amazing Trip Planned
While I’ll have more on our complete trip later, we’re heading out to Asia on a trip that started with a mistake rate. Awhile back the Ritz Carlton Singapore had a very cheap rate (about $17 per night) for a standard room. By the time I had heard about it (right before it died) the prices were a bit higher, but it was still an amazing deal.
In exchange for four nights at the Ritz Carlton Singapore I paid just over 7,000 ThankYou points TOTAL which I value at about $100. For comparison, the cheapest room at the hotel for the same four nights is $2135.97 SGD or ~$1575 USD. Yes, that is just shy of $400 per night or roughly 16X what I paid.
Can We Survive
Well I’ll start with a spoiler. The answer is yes we can survive. I have no doubt that it will be difficult, because being on an airplane that long is difficult no matter what, but we can handle it. Why is that?
It’s simple. We have an ironclad family bond with our angel daughter. Our little Ellie does no wrong. Just kidding of course. It’s because we are flying in business class. 😊🌍✈🎈🎉
It’s Still A Long Flight
Even with the extra space, this is still a long flight for anyone. There are a couple of things that make me a bit more hopeful that we’ll live to see the other side:
- Ellie has flown a decent amount including to Europe when she was little and quite a few longer trips to Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.
- While she is still a toddler, with the exception of the occasional accidental seat kick, etc. she is pretty well behaved and calm.
- The flight departs at just before Midnight Pacific time. Hopefully we can keep her up late and she’ll sleep the first 8-10 hours naturally.
- But mainly, because……..Business Class! Ok, it isn’t the best seat in the industry, but it is far better than flying in the back.
Will this be a terrible mistake? I’d say the odds are 50/50. I’ll have a follow up post with all of our plans and contingency plans for this “adventure”. Either way we’ll have a good story to tell.
How We Booked
This booking is fairly straightforward since I transferred points from Citi ThankYou to Singapore Krisflyer and then booked the flight directly.
Here are some quick stats about our booking:
- Cost: 88,000 Krisflyer miles per person one-way. 264,000 Krisflyer miles total + $16.80 USD
- Booked: On the Singapore Air website
- Mileage Source: Transferred from Citi ThankYou*
Note: Most of my ThankYou points were earned on my (discontinued) AT&T Access More card earning 3X for online purchases.
Returning to Singapore Airlines
On a side note, I have flown Singapore Airlines many times in both Business and First Class and have come to really love their service. I have no doubt they’ll take excellent care of us as a family and this is also a great opportunity to share the riches of the miles/points hobby with my wife so she’ll continue doing crazy things to earn points. My only complaint is apparently the Prawn & Chicken Laksa isn’t available on this flight. 😢
I can’t tell you how excited I am that Ellie is finally getting to an age where we can do longer more ambitious trips. Asia is my favorite continent and I am so excited that Ellie is about to make her Asia “peace/victory sign in every photo” debut.
So are we crazy? Would you fly this long on an airplane with a toddler in Business Class? Would you do it in Coach? Are you just waiting to finish this sentence so you can troll me in the comments explaining why children shouldn’t be allowed in premium cabins….. 😁