Would It Be Crazy To Turn My Stay-cation Into A Plane-cation?

Would It Be Crazy To Turn My Stay-cation Into A Plane-cation?

My wife has a business trip next month that will end with her in New York City on a Friday, so I’m planning to join her to spend the weekend there. She’ll actually be traveling for a whole week leading up to the weekend, so that gives me several days at home by myself with no adult supervision.

It’s been a rather crazy first few months of the year at work so I was actually thinking of taking a couple days off that week for a stay-cation and some much needed “me time”. At the same time, I have a ton of miles burning a hole in my pocket, and am getting the travel itch since we don’t have any international trips planned until October.

Then the idea dawned on me, why not do something that satisfies both desires? In other words, why don’t I do a stay-cation where I’m traveling, but at the same time not really traveling. So technically, this would no longer be a stay-cation, which is defined as:



a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
But if I were to list out what I actually want to do during my stay-cation, here’s what comes to mind (in no particular order):
  1. Sit around the house all day in my pajamas
  2. Catch up on all the TV shows and movies that I’ve missed
  3. Surf the internet and watch Youtube videos for hours on end
  4. Eat and drink whatever I want since I’m technically on vacation
  5. Sleep 8-12 hours a day including countless naps
Instead of taking a couple days off to sit around the house before flying to New York, what if I did everything above, but instead on a plane and in an airport lounge? I’ve been doing some planning, and with several options on the table, here is the best I could come up with:
  • Singapore First Class: depart SFO at 0115 on Wednesday, land at HKG at 0635 on Thursday
    • Cost: 70,125 Singapore Krisflyer miles (transferred from Citi ThankYou points + $23.40 in taxes/fees
  • Hyatt Regency Tsim Tsa Tsui: 0800 to 2100
    • Cost: $0 by using Chase Hyatt Anniversary night
  • Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge: 2200 to 2400
  • Cathay Pacific First Class: depart HKG at 0030, land in JFK at 0700 on Friday
    • Cost: 67,500 AA miles (+10% rebate from Citi AA Platinum card) + $50 taxes/fees

So while this whole idea may sound crazy, this is my rationale:

  • I will have roughly 36 hours, or a day and a half, of flight and lounge time where I’ll basically be doing exactly the 5 things above that I wanted to do. Except that I’ll actually have better food and drink at my fingertips than I’d normally have at home, like lobster and champagne instead of pizza and beer.
singapore airlines first class sfo lobster thermidor
  • The only reason I’d consider this option is that all the flights are ultra long-hauls of 14+ hours (HKG-JFK is a through flight that stops in YVR for an hour). Based on my experience on these types of flights, I should be able to get 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each way
  • With more miles to burn than time to spend them, in my mind the opportunity cost of spending these miles is low. So I’m actually saving money on my flight from San Francisco to New York by doing this, despite the taking the scenic route to get there. Also, this is essentially my last chance to fly Cathay Pacific First Class before the upcoming AA devaluation later this month, after which this redemption goes from 67,500 miles to 110,000 miles



  • If I was at home I’d actually be more likely to check in on work emails; at least the time on the plane will truly allow me to unplug and get off the grid
  • Lastly, I don’t really view Hong Kong as a destination where I’ll feel obligated to be out and about to see and do things since I’ve lived there in the past. In other words, I’m happy to have a nice meal, do some quick shopping, and then spend the remainder of my 18-hour layover relaxing in the hotel or at the lounge
So what’s the verdict on this – great idea, or stupid and crazy? Has anybody else done a plane-cation before and have any thoughts on the experience? Given the audience I’m talking to, my hunch would be yes.


  1. Jealous as hell. I would kill to have that kind of starvation right now. But I burn d all my miles in a trip to Shanghai with the husband in J on AA 787; bringing the in laws over from MNL on CX and surprising my godson for 18th bday in Toulouse flying J on BA A380.

  2. Here’s the barometer: explain it to your wife now – and see her reaction…or instead face the question when you meet up in NY and are asked the question “what did you do this week while I was away?”

    • She laughed and said that it’s an awesome idea – so at least from that perspective, I have the green light!

  3. Your miles, your decision, but you DID ask, so I will vote yes crazy, completely. If you have that many miles to throw away, isn’t there someone you could give them to who would greatly appreciate them?

  4. Not crazy at all. As you said you will be doing everything you want to do on a vacation (sleeping, eating, etc.). If you have the miles to spare why not use them in a way you enjoy?

  5. This is so ridiculous and awesome. Yes you should definitely do it… and I’ll make sure to bombard you with work emails during this time!


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