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- Location: United States
Hopping around the States, I'm fine in cattle class.
However, I'm willing to pony up for business class internationally because an 8-12 hour stint in economy is a completely miserable experience for me. We have over 19,000 miles and 42 hours of flight time over three weeks scheduled for our trip in June. Ain't no way I'm spending almost 2 days strapped to a 17-inch-wide torture device, unable to sleep. The direct, 12-hour flight to Tokyo in March is pushing it, but at least we have bulkhead, Economy-Plus seats. (I've discovered that entering my father's MileagePlus number into our reservations gets us his perks - he's lifetime Gold, so instant Econ+ availability).
For hotels, as long as the room is clean, I don't need ridiculous luxury. That's not to say it isn't nice to have, sometimes, but we did $50 hotels for Spain and had no problems. That said, if I can redeem points for a stupid-expensive hotel, I'm not opposed to it. If I'm low on points, I'll pay for cheap accommodations for most of the trip and redeem points for a nice place at the end. It's always pleasant to relax on the last few days of the trip, and I've discovered that a really nice hotel room tamps down my wife's desire to run around whatever city we're in, trying to see as much as possible. If they have a spa, it's pretty easy to convince her not to leave the hotel at all.
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