Joseph rebooked us in a full revenue fare class. I gave my United 1K mileage number and wound up with no miles. AJK gave his Aegean mileage number and wound up with tens of thousands of miles. [AJK: 35,000 miles to be exact. Not only that, but this one-way travel earned me Star Alliance Gold for another year, through 2017! Bottom line, if United moves you from an award bucket to a revenue fare due to being bumped, the flight being cancelled or delayed, make sure to switch your frequent flyer number to a partner to be able to earn miles free miles on a free ticket. United will not award them to its own program and you won’t get retroactive credit after the flight.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
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All in all, I’d say that the sunset was amazing, though not quite as grand as the sunrise. However I don’t think the difference is big enough to justify getting up at 3:30am on vacation. The other thing to keep in mind is that the sunrise and sunset definitely varies based on that day’s cloud cover. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: The Final United 747 Flight And 2 Days In Maui
-Service at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires was somewhat inconsistent. We were not addressed by name as consistently as we were at international Park Hyatt locations. The vast majority of the employees at the hotel were awesome and very friendly. English is spoken by all very well. However there are a handful of employees that made for some unpleasantness that I have never experienced at an international Park Hyatt before. The hotel gives free complimentary bottles of water and they specifically told us to just call for more when we needed it. However when they delivered our amenity (a few oranges) we asked for more water and the employee proceeded to open our fridge and exclaim that we already had water. When we asked for a late checkout we were told to check back later when a supervisor would be around. When I did come back the employee I was referred to (a supervisor?) started telling me how they “already gave us a triple … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Buenos Aires, Argentina
And then the kayakers went upstairs for our first safety demonstration on ocean kayaking with information on kayaking in a place with below freezing water, glaciers, icebergs, ice calving (the breaking of ice chunks from the edge of a glacier), whales, penguins, seals, and dolphins. … [Read more...] about Antarctica Trip Notes Part 3: Diverted To The Falkland Islands!
It was way too early on Tuesday morning when our alarms woke us. We were heading out bright and early today on the ultimate of wildlife quests: seeing a polar bear in the wild. There are very few places where you can see one of the greatest predators on Earth in its natural habitat, and Svalbard is one of them. In order to give us even a chance of seeing a bear, we would need to travel to the island’s east coast and to the edge of the sea ice. There are no roads outside of the settlement, and so we will be traversing the trackless wilderness on snowmobile. And once we’re out there, there is no guarantee that we’ll even glimpse a bear; this is nature, not a zoo. But we were going to give it a shot. … [Read more...] about DDF Adventure Photo DO Trip Notes Part 2: Svalbard And The High Arctic
The kosher meal consisted of 3 slices of frozen gefilte fish and some frozen excuse for cake. The flight attendant was so curt with me that it would even make some of the worst domestic flight attendants blush. When I asked for a drink I was told I had to wait until she was done serving all of the other passengers their full regular dinners and then she would get to me. When I told her that the system wasn’t recognizing me as a business class passenger for free WiFi she said to keep trying as she couldn’t possibly help me during dinner service. So I had to wait an hour for a drink and for her to finally give me the override code, SASMAR34, which continued to work for free WiFi on all of the flights for the trip. … [Read more...] about DDF Adventure Photo DO Trip Notes Part 1: Heading For Svalbard And The Far North