There was plenty of time to wash up with time to spare. The shower had hot water instantly and the pressure was great. This was no gimmick, it was truly enjoyable to have a great shower after a good night’s rest. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of landing and being totally refreshed and ready to go. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 1: Flying Emirates Shower Class To Dubai
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I waited a bit and then called AJK in his room and asked if he was still interested in trying to salvage Palau. [AJK: Actually, Dan waited precisely 37 minutes after we finished eating dinner, and me telling him not to bother me until the morning so I could get a decent night of sleep and get over this fever, but you see how well Dan follows directions when he gets an idea in his head…] And he said in no uncertain terms that his boss was counting on him being back Friday morning. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
[AJK: Frankly, it was harder to secure a shower than I thought it would be. Perhaps it’s just me, but I expected that passengers flying First should have priority over those flying Business, but apparently it’s first come, first serve, regardless of class. That said, being assertive worked and I was finally given shower room. Mid-shampoo, when I heard final boarding call for our ANA flight back to New York, I jumped out of the shower and high-tailed it to the gate, which fortunately was only a couple minutes away.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
OK, fine. I do admit that’s an insane amount of travel compacted into just 5 days. Over 20K flown miles! Nor would it come cheap. The first section of the flights to Honolulu set us back 30K Singapore miles in lie-flat business class. The island hopper section from Honolulu all the way until Palau was 100K miles in business class, which was actually a standard award as there wasn’t a single saver business class award on the island hopper on a Monday for the entire year. I can’t remember ever using a standard award previously, but that’s what it took for this trip. And the final section from Palau to Cleveland in ANA First Class would run a whopping 110K miles. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
Flying on Cathay Pacific is like flying in a difference universe than on American carriers. While most of the AA agents were downright hostile to us (refusing to see if our checked bags actually made it onto the correct plane after another last minute flight cancellation from Cleveland, trying to make us check our regularly hand luggage through from Dallas all the way through to Thailand even though it even fit perfectly into their sizers, etc.) on Cathay Pacific they go out of their way to make you feel like a king. When we went to check-in there was a team of agents to handle our every need. One agent went to personally make sure that our luggage would be on the flight. She located us later on to confirm that both bags had indeed been transferred from AA to Cathay Pacific. Another agent explained to us the nuances of the different available First Class seats and which would be best for a couple traveling together. A 3rd agent escorted us through … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 1: Khao Lak, Thailand.
AJK told me that I couldn’t go to Dubai and not visit the world’s only 7 star hotel, the Burj Al-Arab. Of course the trick would be getting in there, officially it’s only open to guests or people dining at one of the pricey restaurants. I wound up making a reservation online for the Skyview bar. No credit card is needed to make a reservation. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 2: Dubai and Abu Dhabi