-Rafi’s normal schedule was getting up at about 10am for the day, going to sleep at about 11pm for the night, and waking up every couple hours in middle of the night for his pacifier falling out or a feeding. Needless to say we were apprehensive of what would happen waking him up at 4am to go to the airport. He slept through all the way to the gate. At the gate I realized that I really should have booked us a row of coach seats so that we would be able to keep him sleeping in his carseat on the early morning flight to Houston. It’s not like the First Class on the 737 to Houston is special anyway. There were no empty rows in coach but there were rows with just 2 people in them. However the gate agent and flight attendant refused to allow us to trade with them as they have to go by the “upgrade standby list.” I would understand that policy if we had received an upgrade ourselves, but we paid the miles to fly in First, why should … [Read more...] about Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old!
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Driving to Polihale feels like driving to the end of civilization. But when you get there you’ll just be in awe at the sheer magnitude and tranquility of this miles and miles long beach with golden sunsets. If you have a 4WD vehicle you can even let some pressure out of your tires and ride up the 100 foot tall sand dunes. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth
And then I went to the Fairmont Kea Lani for their Willow Stream Spa, where I pretty much have unlimited credit due to my 9 Fairmont Platinum accounts. After a very relaxing hot stone and vichy rain shower massage I went back to the Andaz, where I picked up my new room key for my Globalist 4pm checkout. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: The Final United 747 Flight And 2 Days In Maui
My main concern was would the flight take off on time? Even a short delay would mean having to overnight in some dive in Male instead of in an overwater S. Regis Villa as the seaplanes to the island resorts don’t operate in the evening. Our flight was scheduled to arrive in Male at 2:55PM. The hotel informed me that if we arrived after 3:30PM we would have to overnight in Male. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 2: Dubai and Abu Dhabi
-Brian was asked about the cancellation of the Houston Intercontinental (IAH)-Auckland 787 launch route. If the route was forecast to be profitable than why yank it? United cancelled this route in response to the city of Houston granting Southwest the right to fly internationally out of Houston Hobby (HOU) airport. United said they welcomed Southwest to compete out of IAH but that flying internationally out of HOU would be harmful to Houston. He insists that this was not a matter of retaliation but rather simple math. There would only be a few people a day flying from Houston to Auckland so the vast majority of the flight would be connecting from other cities. IAH has thrived as a hub airport and was in a virtuous cycle as more flights fed into other flights and the airport kept growing. United believes this is because there is only 1 international airport in Houston. Once Houston is split into 2 international airports that will spin IAH into a vicious cycle of fewer routes that will … [Read more...] about Trip Report: United DO 2012 In Chicago
I ordered a shnitzel in a pita for Rafi with no techina/hummos, but they delivered it with the sauce. Rafi wasn’t even going to look at it with the sauce on it so I asked if they could redo it. They said they couldn’t, but they brought it back “wiped off.” … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: A Father & Son 747 Trip To San Francisco