Background

It’s Monday, and I’m heading off to my next destination(s). This week marks the beginning of running training programs in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Shenzhen, and Melbourne.

Puzzled? “Why this collection of cities?” you may have asked yourself.

I’m trying to use my time more efficiently with work travel, and this bizarre string of flights is my first attempt to limit the number of back-and-forth flights and time zone changes I need to make this year.

The three requests were for two India, Greater China, and Australian training events. Travel to India generally requires at least 2 weeks of travel for 2 trainings there, and Hong Kong and Melbourne carving out an additional 1 week on their own.

With this itinerary, I’m only out of pocket for about 2.5 weeks. And this routing saves me about 50,000 miles in airplane travel. Sure, I could have probably thrown that spend on United to get me closer to Global Services (never going to happen 🙄), but less time in the air is a nice tradeoff 😀

Because I’m traveling so far, I was able to grab some food and drink (and relax briefly) in United’s Polaris Lounge at SFO again — which is always lovely.

Route via Great Circle Mapper

My original itinerary routed me through Newark, where I was scheduled to fly direct to Mumbai, but that flight was cancelled because of ongoing issues in Iran and Pakistan.

It’s a shame, too, because that routing is ideal for me. Nice ~5 hour transcontinental flight, and a long ~15 hour flight to Mumbai with an arrival around 8 pm. Instead, I flew through Frankfurt at around 10 hours, and caught an 8 hour flight to Mumbai that landed me there around 1 am. Not ideal 😴

With this itinerary, I’m only out of pocket for about 2.5 weeks. And this routing saves me about 50,000 miles in airplane travel (see the diagram ->) Sure, I could have probably thrown that spend on United to get me closer to the elusive Global Services (never going to happen 🙄), but less time in the air is a nice tradeoff.

I always love leaving from San Francisco. Especially when fog blankets parts of the city.

See you soon, America 👋

And some more photos from the United flight. The real Polaris business seats are among the best I’ve flown on, and United’s bedding usually gets me a nice, solid sleep before landing.

I can’t say the same for the questionable food they make available…gyoza in broth with chicken and carrots? Why?

I should have finished the other half of the burger in the lounge.

Where I’m at today