I plan to buy business class tickets from NYC to AKL (Auckland, NZ) for a trip in September this year. I have been researching the fares lately, and they seem to range from ~$4,000 - $10,000+ USD, which is relatively high compared to the economy class ($1,000 - $2,000, on average, but may be higher, up to $8,600 for CX).
For example, below there are some options I considered, but each have attached my personal pros and cons:
1. Chinese flights
PROS lower price (~$4 - 5k), 1 stop in CAN (Guangzhou) or PEK
CONS: airline safety/service (I read reviews that communication with FA might be an issue), transfer in China
2. Hawaiian /Jet Blue or other
PROS lower price $4 - 5K (have seen some $3,900 priced flights on Google flights, but cannot find the fare on HA website anymore)
CONS read some bad reviews, long layover in HNL outbound (24 hrs, need to book hotel etc), some have 2 stops (LAX and HNL) with long layovers
PROS 1 stop, FF member and I have flown UA before, ANZ has good reviews
CONS higher price ($6k+, only few flights for this price, most are ~$8k),
This link to Google flights has more detailed flights
My questions are:
a) How does one decide what is a good deal for business fare, taking into account the price, the number of stops, the layover length, and the airline? Does the lower price constitute a significant advantage even with the cons of additional cost with long overlays or multiple stops? (I never took a 2 stop flight)
b) Which city is best for a 1- 4 hr layover: LAX, SFO or IAH?
Appreciate any input. Thanks a lot