KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
We had a convoluted route to Bangkok, one that took us from Catania, Sicily to Malta where we stayed for three nights, and then to Athens for an overnight stay at the airport. The following day, November 11th, we flew to Cairo, then to Istanbul and eventually on to Bangkok. This seemed to make no sense at all, but when you understand the huge saving we discovered on a business class ticket, you’d surely do it too!
Anil had been looking for a way for us to get from Sicily (or thereabouts) to Bangkok using our Aeroplan miles for a business class ticket. There didn’t seem to be anything available on such short notice. Just for comparison purposes, he began to investigate how much it would cost to fly from different cities in the region and discovered an incredible difference in business class fares.
First he looked at the cost from Istanbul to Bangkok and was surprised to see that each ticket would cost us just over $2400 CAD. He tried from Athens and it was even more, as the routing was through Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. Eventually, he tried from Cairo and was shocked to see a fare for just a little over $850 CAD. When he looked at the routing, he found that the flight originated in Cairo, flew to Istanbul and then carried on to Bangkok. Unbelievable!
It seemed too good to be true, but it meant that we had to fly from Malta, stay overnight in Athens and then take a morning flight to Cairo in order to be there early enough to connect with the Turkish Airlines flight. No problem. It just meant that we had to pay for two short economy flights and then we would be on a plane with flat beds for the long 9-hour overnight haul to Asia.
We had a lovely stay at the Sofitel in Athens and discovered a great grocery store right at the airport, so we stocked up on olives, cheese, bread and wine for a tapas meal in our comfortable room. This was our 9th year of retirement travels and we were finally beginning to treat ourselves to a little more comfort that we had in the past.