r/churning Jan 24 '22 Wholesome 1 Silver 1

Weekly Off Topic Thread - Week of January 24, 2022 Anything Goes

This is the Weekly Off-Topic thread

There's more to this hobby than just credit cards - it spreads out into travel aspirations, what luggage or wallet you're using, or what flavor kombucha your local WeWork is serving. Please use this thread to talk about all things even tangentially related to churning. Memes, jokes, and off-topic content are allowed (and encouraged) here. Please use our regular threads to ask basic questions, ask questions about what card to get, or talk about MS. But if it's off-topic elsewhere, you're on-topic here.

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Have fun!

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u/DCJoe1 Jan 24 '22

Both options are nonstop? How long to get home from the airport after landing? If you can be home by 9:30 or so PM, I would do the Sunday flight. Straight to bed as soon as you get home, hopefully can get 8 hours sleep- I normally wake up around 5:30 AM or so the morning after getting back from Europe.

I find the daytime economy flights to be reasonable, especially if you can get a set of two seats together for just that bit of privacy. Also don't love the early wakeup to make the 9 AM flight.

The work from home part is the key- you will probably be up early enough on the day back to get a bit of early exercise in, and can sneak in a 20 minute nap in the middle of the day.

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u/BleedBlue__ Jan 24 '22

Both options have a layover in CDG. (one booked through Delta on AF, the other booked through AF).

Trip home from the airport is about 1hr 20min. We have Global Entry which should make customs much easier. I think we'd be able to get home by 10-10:30pm without issue. I'm leaning towards staying an extra day. Leaving at 9am Saturday vs. 3PM Sunday cuts off almost a day and a half of vacation.

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u/DCJoe1 Jan 24 '22

Is the long flight on the AF 777? Might be able to pay a small fee to grab one of the seat pairs in the last few rows of economy, that would make it much better personally. AF has solid economy, the entertainment options are good and the food is good as economy goes. Having flown AF economy on my last return from Europe, I would have no issue doing it again, especially if I could get a two-some seat pair. It's sitting next to a stranger for 8 hours that gets to me more than anything.

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u/BleedBlue__ Jan 24 '22

Its on the AF A350-900 (3-3-3 Economy set up). There are a few 2 seat setups (exit row & last row). The exit rows are occupied but the last row is available. Seat Guru has it as a "poor seat" though.

We're actually returning to Italy for our honeymoon in July and flying on AF Business, which is due to be our first time flying business, so another reason to fly Economy for this trip and have that be even more of a special occasion.

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u/DCJoe1 Jan 24 '22

Personally I would go with economy with all that as the background. Probably avoid the last row, and get the two aisle seats on a middle section maybe 5 rows from the back. That empty middle will be among the last to fill on the entire plane, and even if it does, you slide over, and you have your own aisle exit without having to climb over the stranger, or have the stranger climb over you.