OK. Here is the story about how I am now experiencing the wonderfully high airline fares this year. Here is the choice we had, for three tickets for my wife and two kids, ages 15 and 12:
Non-stop twelve-hour flight: $2550 per person, $7650 total
Two flights, total 31.5 hours, 16 hour layover, $1950 per person, $5850 total
The above prices are for the total trip, but the itineraries are for the outbound part only. For the second option the returning leg has an eleven our layover at that fee but also has a non-stop option available for about $70 more per ticket. Which of the two would you have chosen?
This is for a one-month stay. I will be joining them two weeks later, as I can not get an entire month off from work, and we will be returning together. My airfare is not included in the totals above.
Close isn’t the same as in the airport. Some airports have rooms inside the terminals now. With 16 hours I would consider that. Otherwise, it’s too much of a hassle with children and I hate going through security as it is.
I always try to fly direct even if there is more money involved. I just do not like the hassle of layovers.
Normally I agree with you. The one factor here is that the final return destination is Los Angeles and, as is the case with almost everything about LAX, going through immigration there is miserable. That mitigates the non-stop benefit.
Five years ago my family returned via Vancouver, and you can go through US immigration at that airport. They did not miss the hassle at LAX.
If we traveled more frequently it would probably be worth it. As is it, it is $100 per person, which probably isn’t worth avoiding the LAX immigration hassle this one time. Plus, a quick Google search showed that it could take as short as a few weeks or as long as six month to receive approval. With a departure in a few weeks, which side of the approval time would you bet on?