Does pain build or distort character?
October 14, 2012 6:42 AM Subscribe
Should I fly with Emirates or save money with China Southern/China Eastern/Aer Lingus Airlines?
I will be flying Sydney to London, London to NYC, and NYC to Sydney.
posted by quosimosaur to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total)
Can anybody who has had experience flying with the Chinese airlines offer advice? I found the cheaper option online:
Sydney > London - China Eastern - 27hrs (4hr layover at Guangzhou)
London > New York - Aer Lingus - 11hrs
New York > Sydney - China Southern - 47hrs (18hr+4hr layovers at Shanghai and Singapore, respectively)
alternatively, a travel agent offered me this Emirates package:
Sydney > London - Emirates - ?hrs
London > New York - Emirates - ?hrs
New York > Sydney - Emirates - ?hrs (overnight layover in Dubai?)
I have read some online reviews of China Eastern; they were not complimentary. There were reports of electrical fires, delayed flights, lost baggage, infrequent refreshments and non-existent personal inflight entertainment. China Southern seems more reputable.
On the other hand, there is probably some selection bias with online reviews—satisfied flyers being less likely to post a review. I'm also keeping in mind that China is changing rapidly, and year old reviews may not be entirely accurate today.
Choosing the first option will entail almost 60hrs of flight time with an extra 26hrs spent at layover stops. Flying with Emirates will most likely be a little faster and definitely more comfortable.
For what it's worth, I work on a casual basis with some supplementary freelance work, so I don't have plenty of money to splash around.
I've canvased friends and family and a slight majority favour the Emirates option. One of my friends joked that pain builds character; another friend argued that pain distorts character, hence the title.