This is long..
Black Friday deals are here. My final designation is Duesseldorf, Germany... To fly directly there is around $1800-2000. With some playing around, I got it down to $ 1300. I live in Phoenix, AZ. I can fly from PHX to Los Angles to London, do a 3 day layover ( which I would love to do in London) then fly to Duesseldorf., Germany.
I would need to fly out of Phoenix to Lax out of own pocket (less than $70) to Lax, then to London, spend 3 days, pay for 3 days hotels (around $200) then to Dusseldorf to start 3 weeks of Germany trip.
Benefits: Phoenix closer to LAX, easier to connect flights to London, price lower, never see London. Longer flight.
Downside: pay for London hotel but it is cheap
Fly and pay out of own pocket to NY ($500), stay 3 days (timeshare- no cost), fly to London, then to Dusseldorf, start Germany trip.
Benefits: shorter flight
Downside: 4th trip to NY. Have to do layover, due to timing of flight between phx and london. Same with london and Duesseldorf.
Need to make decision soon. Last year. British screwed up and delayed my flight and issued me a $1000 voucher.
What would you do