-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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Waimea Canyon is known the the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Be sure to bring a jacket as it can be cool up here. From here you can view the canyon, the Na Pali coast, the forbidden island of Niihau, and go on countless hikes. A 4WD vehicle definitely comes in handy up here. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth
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
Regular admission is about $35, but we paid an extra $15 to go up before sunset, so that we would be able to view the city during the day and at night. That ticket allows access to levels 124+125. If you want to go to level 148 it will set you back $95 off-peak or $136 for sunset. … [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
The Exploratorium had a porch to view the surroundings. Rafi was devastated when the wind made off with his Yarmulkah while he was admiring the “Grey Gate Bridge.” The staff at the Exploratorium were awesome though and helped us quickly get downstairs where I was able to track it down and get it back for him. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: A Father & Son 747 Trip To San Francisco