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!
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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
It felt like I had been gone for weeks, it was hard to imagine that the adventure had just began the Sunday beforehand. But it was a trip that I’ll never forget. From the stunning islands in the Pacific to the incredible waters of Palau, this was nothing short of incredible. Even more so that I was able to do it on miles and points. It’s a time intensive and crazy hobby, but it sure beats stamp collecting 😀 … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
Vivian, the United checkin agent in Koror, was amused that we wanted duplicate boarding passes, and even more amused when we started telling her about our island hopper adventures. Turns out she was the gate agent as well and we talked about everything from missing the flight to Palau to the reduction in flights from Guam (since that time more Guam flights have been cut). She said she just prays that Smisek doesn’t cut Palau off from the network. With Delta making a play for the Japanase market with twice weekly nonstop service from Tokyo to Koror, the locals were worried what that would mean for United. But Vivian promised to get us out on time and have us make our connection to Tokyo. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau And Jellyfish Lake
Stephen is a well-known friend of Israel, and was beyond friendly. He was happy to take selfies with everyone, and spent a good amount of time schmoozing with our group throughout the voyage. Though he did comment that at 6’8″, Moishie was the tallest Jew he had ever seen, and the first that made him, standing at 6’2″, feel short. … [Read more...] about Antarctica Trip Notes Part 3: Diverted To The Falkland Islands!
This dish is incredible, the lamb was succulent and delicious and went perfect with the Gnocchi. If you enjoy the Duck Gnocchi from NYC’s Mike’s Bistro then you’re going to love the Lamb Gnocchi here as well. Best of all, it’s triple the size of Mike’s Duck Gnocchi for half the price. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Eating Our Way Through Montreal