That sounds like such a sweet upgrade, at a time when you would reeeeally appreciate it! What a perfect finish to such a great trip!
the rare occasions I fly business class are the only times I'm disappointed how short the flight was :-)
Seriously! There was one more movie I still wanted to see.
Btw I pre-booked this using Aeroplan 1-way tickets. On the way there, it was 30,000 points per Economy seat, and it was 55,000 points for a Business class seat on the way home. Comparing 60,000 pts to 85,000 pts for a return trip didn't seem that bad, and it seemed like a really nice post-race treat. It is seldom possible to find reasonable Business Class seats on Aeroplan though.
The rewards schedule used to be much better for business class rewards on aeroplan (Europe especially used to be 50,000 economy and 75,000 business). Still a good bang for the point so to speak when you look at the actual cost of the business class ticket but not as good as it used to be. It makes travel so much more relaxing though. That is why I still collect aeroplan points... though only have three more years before that partnership ends.
I think the demand is such that to get long haul business class flights you need to be booking them right when availability opens up a year in advance. Or shortly before the trip... some people book tickets up and then cancel. This used to be quite cheap to do with a full refund of points ($90?). I think the cancellation fee has gone up though.
It seems like availability took a dive when Aeroplan introduced Classic vs. Market fare. I actually wasn't comparing 85,000 pts to 60,000 pts because I couldn't find a Classic return fare. So it was something like 69,000 pts (Market Fare return) vs 85,000 pts, which was a simple decision. We had to fly into Zurich and out of Milan - not that it was any hardship to ride European trains and spend our post-race time eating Italian food. :)
We accumulate points by paying for everything we can on Aeroplan Visa cards at $1 per mile. I guess that will change in a few years - first world problems. ;(
Business class to come home was a good move. In general I find frequent flyer programs weak enough these days that I don't go to any effort to accumulate them. I have a couple more trips worth of miles to use up and then I'll probably be done with them. I kind of like the 2% cash back on my credit card.
PS thanks for the Flight of the Concordes ref, CO.
That's why they're called business socks baby!