Like most frequent flyers, I have flown during every hour of the day countless times. In fact, with a single quick turn between the US and Europe, I can almost hit every hour of the clock! 🙂
Is This The Worst Flight Schedule When Flying Economy?
There are some flight schedules that are harder for me to adjust with than others and, of course, most of them are red eye flights. If you are flying business class on a red eye, they are really not that big of a deal! But, when flying those flight schedules in economy, they can be brutal!
The Flight and Schedule
Recently, I flew from Athens to Doha to catch my QSuites flight for the US (review coming soon – suffice to say, QSuites is awesome!). This flight was an amazing redemption for Avios with how I paid for it, but I had really been hoping they would release business class space for this flight.
Flying a Red-Eye in Coach is HARD!
I really have no problem at all flying for 4 – 5 hours in coach (in fact, I am fine flying for 10 hours in coach). But, given this flight schedule, I really, really wanted to be flying business class! Especially since the plane Qatar uses for this particular flight from Athens to Doha (one of three flights they operate between those cities each day) had lie-flat business class seats. However, since I would shortly after that be getting on the 14 hour flight to the US in the QSuites cabin, I knew I could rough it. 🙂
So, what was this flight schedule? Check it out and tell me if you think this is the worst flight schedule when you are flying economy!
That’s right, without changing time zones, this would be a flight leaving at 1:15AM and arriving at 5:50AM all in the same time zone! That is brutal!
Yes, I can say that from experience! Fortunately, I had a whole row to myself but it was still a really tough flight. Your body is already tired and if you have trouble sleeping in coach, this is really a difficult flight.
What Made This Flight So Tough?
To sum it up, here are the three things that made this flight so tough for me:
- We didn’t change time zones
- We were flying during deep sleep times – 1AM to 5AM
- Flying in coach 🙂
Tough Flight No Matter What!
If you were flying this and ending in Doha, it would be really tough as well! Imagine – you are way too early to check in to your hotel, there are not that many things open yet for business, you will likely be ready to go to sleep by 3PM, and on and on.
Of course, if you are flying this route in business, you can deal with getting a nice, comfortable 3.5 hours of sleep and that will help a bit. But, this kind of flight schedule is still a difficult one no matter how you slice it!
Fortunately, I was able to make up for it by getting some nice sleep on the QSuites leg. But, I do not really have any interest if ever flying a similar flight schedule in coach again!
What was your worst flight schedule when flying economy?
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