One big disappointment was that they took the extra mini fridge from my old room to the new room, but they didn’t put the items that were in the fridge back into the fridge. That meant that lemon pie was now crawling with hundreds of ants. They did give me 10,000 points when I asked them why they would empty the fridge out and not replace the items that were now ruined. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: The Final United 747 Flight And 2 Days In Maui
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AJK was doing some work but I wasn’t about to stay indoors all day. [AJK: And, I knew I had to pay the fever piper, so it was either going to be at the expense of Guam or Palau. I chose the former, and thankfully, it turned out to be the right decision as the fever was completely gone by the time we took off for Palau. Ain’t no substitute for rest!] Guam isn’t known as an island with a lot to see or do. But the #1 activity in Guam is Ypao Beach which was within walking distance of the hotel. Well technically it was within walking distance. I didn’t realize that there would be a steep hill with no sidewalks whatsoever, but full of speeding drivers. After a rather harrowing walk though I made it to the beach: … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
[AJK: This really was mind-boggling. When we heard the knock, barely seconds after putting the phone back in its cradle, we looked at each other and said, “it can’t be.” But it was! The only thing I can think is they must have attendants on-call, stationed in the elevators at all time, waiting for requests like this. Or the Japanese have figured out how to teleport. Neither would surprise me.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
Days before the flight AJK texted me excitedly while I was at a Cavs game with my better half that 2 first class saver award seats opened on a JAL flight from Tokyo to Chicago. The JAL flight would mean a 90 minute connection in Tokyo on a separate ticket on an airline from another alliance. American only charges 62.5K miles in first class from Japan to the USA versus 110K on United, so at first glance it was a no-brainer. However United was also throwing in the flights from Palau to Tokyo at that 110K rate, so that would mean having to shell out 12.5K United miles in coach or 25K miles in business to get to Tokyo. Ultimately we nixed the JAL option as well because we were nervous about misconnecting, wanted to check out Tokyo, and wanted to try out ANA Squares First Class. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
I’ve flown international first class on most American, European, and Asian airlines with my miles. I’d say that my favorite service on a flight has been from ANA and Singapore, their flight attendants are in another league and tend to your every need. My favorite first class bed and seat is on Cathay Pacific, though they are the only airline known to refuse to warm up your own kosher meal and their service isn’t quite as good as other Asian carriers. Lufthansa and Swiss have great first class lounges and ground services. Qantas‘ first class lounges are amazing as well. My favorite cabin was on TAM, where I was able to book the entire first class cabin/living room for my family with miles. And flying Singapore’s couples suites is pretty amazing as well. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 1: Flying Emirates Shower Class To Dubai
The good news is Khao Lak does not smell like Phuket. Unfortunately the Le Meridian there tries very hard to be great, but somehow misses the mark. When you checkin you are welcomed to sit down at a table with teas and cold lemon-scented towels. The hotel has no shortage of employees that seem to think they can speak English but don’t. As we checked in one employee kept asking for “the washer.” We finally figured out he meant “voucher.” I handed him the master spreadsheet for our entire itinerary which contained all of our confirmation numbers which he promptly took and filed away. We had to beg to have them give it back to us. I had arranged beforehand with the hotel to pay 24,000 Starpoints to upgrade to a private walled villa with our own infinity plunge pool, jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor lava shower, with a private garden for our 2 night stay. I saw that Starwood only paid the hotel $325 and asked … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 1: Khao Lak, Thailand.