Booking long distance business class tickets out of pocket for parents and in-laws

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Mar 15 57 Comments

I have never travelled in business class on a long distance flight.

Booked business class for the first time for my aged parents for travel between India and Seattle. my mom had some health issues and wanted her to travel comfortably.
$7000 for return tickets. Felt little pinch on pockets but I used 220k points from Chase rewards to reduce ticket cost by 3K.

Now I need to do the same for in-laws :) since my mother in law has some health issue, I would like to book her in business. Any ideas tips to get good deals on business class?

Would it look bad if I just book one person in business class and ask my father & father in law to travel economy as they are healthy?
They travel every year, so just thinking of setting expectations.


TC (525K + 495k for spouse).

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TOP 57 Comments
  • Microsoft gfba68
    Sounds like you can afford it
    Mar 15 2
    • Microsoft TeNh56
      What a douche
      Mar 16
    • Microsoft gfba68
      Whiny rich people are annoying
      Mar 17
  • Uber bobaboi
    The in laws can fly premium economy
    Mar 15 0
  • Google / Eng
    hurrayy

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    hurrayymore
    At 1m tc, the tickets shud be like loose change.
    Mar 15 3
    • Microsoft TeNh56
      No fuck. It never it. Look me half of it is taxes. To the Trump. Even if they might not get to vote, they gotta pay the shitty tax. And the cost of living for a good Damn family. Sales tax is super high. And if you want to protect yourself from recession and want to save up, even 5 million is savings is not enough. They gotta save for their kids education loans, their future health problems, retirement savings, his parents and in-laws , health insurance and out of pocket. And good forbid vacation once a year. That comp might look heavty but that still gotta save just like anybody else. Don't be a s**. Give legitimate answers to his questions or gfys.
      Mar 16
    • Amazon / Eng KHCr70
      Wtf 1m TC can afford business class. Dont give us your 'ohhh tax is high' BS
      Mar 16
    • Google / Eng
      hurrayy

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      hurrayymore
      Sure everyone wants to save, and get protection from recession, protection from future unpredictability, etc. But still, at 500k post tax, you can do all those plus spend 10k yearly for parents tickets without feeling a pinch.
      500k is just too comfortable even with all the above expenses.

      And the right answer to the qn is, you and your wife earn almost equal, and its fair to get business class tickets for both's parents
      Mar 16
  • Amazon AMZN$
    Your total TC is like 1M!

    Aren’t these just pocket change?
    Mar 15 1
    • Microsoft TeNh56
      No you piece of shit.
      Mar 16
  • Microsoft crappy
    Is there a cruise from India to Seattle? Book a top-deck suite for them? They would feel pampered and spend less time at your home. I would guess cruise takes at least 2 weeks ;)
    Mar 15 1
  • Oscar 🐨koala
    Jesus christ. 1M. After tax that’s still 500k a year! Wow.
    Mar 15 0
  • Person with such high TC, asking such question on blind. Man, some of us are really overpaid for our worth.
    Mar 15 1
    • Amazon / Other BePeculiar
      I agree..first of all..there are no discounts when you get first class..it's a dumb question. Are you trying to show off?
      Mar 16
  • Flagged by the community.

    • Amazon / Other BePeculiar
      Because we pay for our parents and shit..that's why. Do you?
      Mar 16
    • Square Jr679773
      Yeah I actually do pay for my parents expenses. My people are one of the most generous people. Indians are just stingy as fuck and proven that time and time again. You guys are thinking about flying parents, think about how Indians are cheap as fuck in general. There are a small % of Indians who aren’t cheap. Majority are though.
      Mar 16
    • Amazon / Other BePeculiar
      And who sir are YOUR people?
      Mar 16
    • Amazon / Other BePeculiar
      You arrogant prick.
      Mar 16
    • Square Jr679773
      Triggered are we now? Because it’s true.
      Mar 16
  • AMD
    LEtV72

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    On a serious note if you really want a deal, put alert on Google flights and if you are ok with an additional stop, the rates are much lower. I've seen business class fares from India to US roundtrip for around 4k onwards..
    Mar 15 7
    • AMD
      LEtV72

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      But again if I were you, I would book premium economy. It's better than economy..and is not that exp too..but again it's personal choice
      Mar 15
    • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
      3k for Business Class? That's it? :o
      Mar 15
    • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
      Is there premium economy on long haul?

      I thought we just have Business and First.
      Mar 15
    • AMD
      LEtV72

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      Yeah there is premium economy on most long haul between US and India
      Mar 15
    • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
      Interesting. Thanks! :)
      Mar 15
  • Facebook public2
    Always book flights with miles. Transfer those chase ur points to airline miles then redeem. 220k points is 220,000 miles which can have a redemption on premium class of up to $37,000 or up to $6,600 in economy.
    Mar 15 4
    • AMD
      LEtV72

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      This doesn't work for trans contintental or trans pacific flights from India to US. One has to book 4 sectors and it definitely takes more than 220k miles to book round trip flights for 2 ppl..
      Mar 15
    • Facebook public2
      Yes it most definately does.
      Mar 15
    • Amazon / Eng
      eisenhwr

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      Actually, it works better than South America and Europe, since you can strike great deals flying through middle-east or east Asia.
      Mar 16
    • Amazon URsl53
      I've used too many miles for business flights but India is a b****. Europe is easiest Asia second, followed by South Africa and South America. The only thing possibly worse than India is Australia.
      Mar 17
  • Microsoft SCurrys
    That you have 220k chase UR shows you don’t have an issue spending big bucks.
    Mar 16 1
    • AMD
      LEtV72

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      Getting chase UR points is not that difficult. Probably OP saved up a lot from beginning and got couple of sign up bonuses. I don't make big bucks and I have more than 200k chase UR points
      Mar 16
  • Microsoft
    tech.ladki

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    tech.ladkimore
    Why can't you decide what you do for your parents, and your wife decides what she does for her parents?
    Am I missing something here --this sounds simple?!
    Mar 15 0
  • Amazon / Other BePeculiar
    For someone that makes $1M TC, I'm surprised this is a tough decision and I don't mean that because you have plenty available to spend. I'm questioning your intelligence.
    Mar 16 0
  • Microsoft / Eng C---
    This is you sending a message from the future:

    Do yourself a favor: just close your eyes and click " buy" for those business class tickets. If not complains from in-laws, sooner or later you'll get some from your spouse. Just because people like to be treated at least equally. In-laws are always in a competition, and treating them equally is a simple way to keep peace and your mental health stable.
    Mar 16 0
  • Amazon McKnziBzos
    If own parents and in-laws are treated differently - big issue.
    If both dads are treated differently - no in-law inequality.
    Might as well book first class, you’re already spending $7,000, first class shouldn’t be too much different.
    And you guys are making 1M TC.
    Mar 15 3
    • AMD
      LEtV72

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      Lolz parents and in-laws are obviously treated different..if you treat them same, they are extremely lucky to have you as son-in-law (or daughter-in-law)
      Mar 15
    • Google eak2a1
      I'd be damned to be surrounded by strangers in 1st class while my spouse sits in couch...
      Mar 15
    • Amazon / Eng ketsugi
      I would love to sit on a couch for a 15hr+ flight
      Mar 16
  • Google splB80
    If money can prevent you from a never ending domestic crysis and fight. Every penny you spent is well worth it.
    Mar 16 1
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      eisenhwr

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      eisenhwrmore
      Preach!
      Mar 16
  • Amazon / Eng n0v
    If you have Chase points, you're probably better off transferring those points to airlines and booking award travel. Though you do have a lot of constraints and inventory issues. But you can achieve much better value.
    Mar 17 0
  • Facebook ImranKhan
    Have your wife pay for her parents.
    Mar 15 0
  • Axtria Ktz329
    Yes, it will be weird to make one person travel business and other economy. It's a long journey, a good company will go a long way in making them comfortable and not get bored to death.
    Mar 15 0
  • Microsoft zTjo55
    If you are in Seattle, suggest to fly in and out through Vancouver, Canada. The business class prices are cheaper for some airlines like KLM. It was like 5K for two persons, a year back. Also it’s ok to have one parent or parent in-law in business n their spouse travel in economy. They kinda understand the financial impact of spending on business class.
    Mar 18 1
    • AMD
      LEtV72

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      Transiting through Canada is mostly a non- starter for people with Indian passport and no green card. One requires a transit visa to transit air side through Canada..
      Mar 18

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