Recent news that Royal Jordanian award inventory is now available on the American Airlines website has me excited because I like when more award options are easier to find online. It also has me intrigued as I’ve got a trip to Abu Dhabi planned for Thanksgiving weekend and, while I already have an award booked for the trip, I’m considering changing since the new search option made it quite easy to find the RJ flights which should work for my needs. That said, I’m stuck in a bit of decision paralysis and so I’m turning to you, my readers, to help me choose. The crux of the question is a simple one: Should I fly Royal Jordanian or Lufthansa to get to Abu Dhabi?
The Lufthansa routing is a United award flying EWR-IAD-FRA-AUH. It costs 60,000 UA points + ~$40 in taxes. Flights are on an ERJ, 748i (flat bed for the overnight sleep segment) and A340. This routing also has the advantage of arriving in Abu Dhabi at ~9:30pm, which I think is a good thing given that I have just one night in town before continuing on to Bangladesh on the flight which is actually the key segment of the trip.
The Royal Jordanian option would be an American Award costing 67,500 points + ~$10 in taxes. The flights are on an A340 and an A320, with the reasonably simple JFK-AMM-AUH routing. It leaves later at night and without a regional jet connection which is good for sleeping. But it also arrives in Abu Dhabi at 1:15am, some 4 hours after the Lufthansa routing arrives. There are also options which allow me a 10 hour or 18 hour (overnight) connection in Amman, but I’m shying away from those in favor of a proper visit to Jordan hopefully in the not too distant future.
One other factor at play is that I have 1K status on UA so future changes on that award would be free versus no status on AA so fees for those changes (though I’ll be Gold by the time the trip happens).
Indeed, this sort of decision is one of the silly ones, a choice which likely has no material impact on anything. But I’m torn on which way to go.
What would you do in my shoes??
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