United Polaris or EVA Royal Laurel Business Class
I am in the middle of booking a last minute trip from hell. So many things have gone wrong with award space disappearing and points not transferring that I am half considering giving up the miles/points hobby. 🙂 Just kidding….sort of. Anyway that is a story for another day, but right now I need to book something to Taipei.
While I would love to fly International First Class on an Asian carrier, the space isn’t there for my dates and I already have confirmed space on Korean Air for the return in first class. In other words, I can slum it in business for the trip out considering I don’t have much choice and I’ll get some pampering coming back. #FirstWorldProblems
EVA vs. United
Before I go any further, I should mention that I have flown EVA’s business class from Taipei to Los Angeles before on this plane. It is probably the best business class product I have ever flown. Their seat is a standard reverse herringbone (think Cathay Pacific) which is nice, but their soft product is exceptional. Great food, fantastic service and decent in flight entertainment. Oh and that starry sky. <3
On the other side, I haven’t had a chance to try out United’s Polaris hard or soft product. United flies their new 777-300ER from San Francisco to Taipei, meaning I could experience it. Not world class or luxury by any stretch, but those seats look pretty awesome, especially if you can get an odd row window which is detached from the aisle. One drawback is the Polaris lounge in SFO would open shortly after I fly out. Ouch.
Both products seem to aim high (they both give pajamas in business class, decent bedding, etc.), but I have flown United enough in the past to have serious doubts about how the service will be. Fool me once shame on you fool, me 3,4,5,6,7 times shame on ME. Plus United keeps cutting back Polaris service, so who knows what I’ll experience?!?
A Tough Choice
Assuming the cost is the same (which it basically is) would you fly what is widely considered one of the best business class products around or would you choose United’s new product just to experience it? I’m torn and I need to make my decision quickly. Help!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!