We finally decided that we were actually going to California for Thanksgiving even though we had reservation at Marriott Newport Coast Villas for months. With that decision made, I turned my attention to airfare and quickly decided that I wasn’t flying in coach coast to coast. After doing a quick search, I decided on flying United in Business/First from JFK to LAX. The cost was 50k united miles each, twice the coach fare. To me that was well worth it. Then I read here from The Points Guy, United was retrofitting the entire fleet that flies that route, replacing first and business class seats with Business First lie flat seats by the end of the summer. Score! To top things off, we needed a hotel at LAX the night before our return home and was lucky to score a Look No Further rate at the Renaissance LAX for $85, about $100 of the marriott.com rate.