We have spent HOURS on the phone trying to book our flights (partly with rewards points, partly with cash.) We are considering flying LAX to London on Air New Zealand, spending 2-4 nights in London, then flying British Airways from London to Cape Town. (Round trip plan.)
Is this workable, or is it too risky to fly 2 different airlines which are in different alliances...and the 2 legs of our flights would be booked on separate tickets??? If 1 flight is VERY delayed...by more than 24 hours...or if our luggage got lost... Wouldn't this present more complications, since our 2 legs wouldn't be booked on 1 ticket? Or do you think I'm worrying for nothing?
We like these 2 legs because they are nonstop, and using rewards points and cash, we might be able to book these flights...maybe even with 1 leg in business class or premium economy. (We have always flown economy before.)
I have never flown as far as LAX to Cape Town. I'm a nervous flyer, who really appreciates a welcoming crew, and all those little extras which distract me, such as entertainment screens, edible food... Then I can pretend I'm at the movies or in a restaurant instead of flying!
Thanks. We have also looked at various flights on Jet Blue, South African Airways, United, Virgin Atlantic... Our rewards points are somewhat flexible... But trying to get seats with our points is requiring tons of phone calls... If we cannot get seats using our points, we will have to buy economy seats, because buying business class for both legs is too expensive.