KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
When we were booking our flights home from the Balkan region, we were using points we’d accumulated so that we could fly in comfort. We’ve done enough flying in economy during our many travels and now we don’t really want to travel long distances anymore in cramped quarters. Thank goodness for the advent of premium economy as an option, though we opt for business class flight rewards when we can find them.
Because we were booking almost a year in advance, we were able to find great tickets but only out of Istanbul. For some reason, though the flight started there, the first leg was to Beijing (and not to another country in Europe and then through Toronto and home). Once we decided to change our plans and go to India to be with our grieving family, we weren’t at all sure that we could get similar tickets at such short notice. There was nothing available out of Delhi, but low and behold I found two tickets departing from Mumbai and going through Beijing as well. They were even on the same day, November 13th, that we had initially planned to head home.
I thought we might be flying through the new airport in Beijing, but instead we transited through the one we had visited in the past. It was very quiet in the airport and the lounge, but we were able to take a break from flying and stretch our legs for a while. I’ve never been a fan of flights that last longer than ten hours, but if you’re flying half way around the world, they are hard to avoid.