My Prague Booking Dilemma – Share Your Opinions
I shared with you in my app-o-rama post that I had used some of my newly minted Delta Skymiles to book a ticket to Kyiv. On that same trip we will be hitting Prague too and I needed to book a flight home from there. That left me with a decision to make on which award option to take. I have a few different choices but I am not sure which one to take. And this isn’t about product or airline so much because I will be flying in the cheap seats. Yes bloggers do fly long haul economy, THE HORROR! So I figured I would lay out the options and have you peeps weigh in on my Prague booking dilemma.
Details of the Trip
I was looking for a flight back from Prague with no more than one connection. There are no direct flights from Prague to Detroit so I had to deal with at least one connection. I had planned on using my newly minted LifeMiles for the return on Lufthansa but the dates I need are not showing availability, yet at least. Let’s get into the options I have.
Surprisingly, American Airlines has a flight on their metal and it is looking like the best choice right now. It connects in Philadelphia and has a decent layover. The price is right too!
30,000 miles and a very attractive $46.53 in taxes. American Airlines for the win! I was surprised AA didn’t populate my search with 4 layover flights etc.
I decided to scope out the same flight but booking it with British Airways Avios. I was curious to see how many taxes BA would charge. If only their new credit card perk worked on flights from Europe 😥. I was also thinking about that juicy 40% American Express Membership Rewards transfer bonus. This is what they came up with:
That is equivalent to 23,750 Membership Rewards points and $201.33 when taking the transfer bonus into account. Or 6,250 miles cheaper than AA but $154.80 more in taxes and fees. That would be like buying American Airlines miles at 2.5 cents a piece which is not ideal, although Ryan may disagree with me.
But the real perk of going this route is the flexibility Avios bookings offer. If I decided to cancel it the cost is only $55 versus $150 for American Airlines. Which brings me to my third option.
I know that I said above Lufthansa does not have any availability that works right now but they do like to release award seats a few weeks out. Especially business and first class seats! I am sitting on those newly minted LifeMiles from my app-o-rama and those are not miles I want to sit on long term with their recent troubles.
My thinking is I could book the American flight with British Airways Avios. Then I could keep checking for Lufthansa business class space to open up. If it did I could cancel the Avios booking for $55 and go ahead and fly home in a little luxury. There are some risks involved here and it would end up costing me around $130 in taxes and cancellation fees which is higher than just booking the flight with American miles. But the payoff would be a more enjoyable experience with miles I don’t value as highly as American or Avios miles.
I am currently leaning towards booking the flight with American Airlines miles. The simplicity of it is attractive, the price is right and I like keeping cash in my pocket (it is the cheapest option). But the Lufthansa route is attractive because I have not flown their product yet. I could also see some people leaning towards the Membership Rewards to Avios route if they value AA miles highly.
Share your thoughts below. Which option would you choose and why?