“Business class” from Oslo to Tromsø was exactly like coach, except it was at the front of the plane. Never mind extra legroom, SAS doesn’t even block off the middle seat in business class, so the only difference was the free drink and free WiFi. Scratch the free Wi-Fi actually, it didn’t work for more than a few minutes on any of our domestic flights. … [Read more...] about DDF Adventure Photo DO Trip Notes Part 1: Heading For Svalbard And The Far North
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The Milky Way is a part of the Rock Islands that is made of a white clay floor. They bring a big bucket of a clay up to the boat for everyone to rub over themselves before jumping into the water to wash it off. I passed on the rub, but AJK went to town with the stuff. [AJK: Seriously, how can you go to the Milky Way and not partake of the Milk? Dan, you’re gonna have to use this as an excuse to go back to Palau. Me? Well, I’m telling Mrs. AJK that she simply *must* travel 25 hours on a plane to experience the Milky Way. I’ll let you know how it goes.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau And Jellyfish Lake
Cancun airport actually has parking spots right in front of the terminal and we were able to check everything in while parked there. I dropped everyone off that way and returned the car myself. Alamo did a thorough walk-around and once again took their time, but the document clearly showed that the entire van was scratched up, so there wasn’t much else they could claim was damaged 😉 … [Read more...] about Winter Break 2015 Trip Notes Part 2: Cancun And The Riviera Maya
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
AJK then smartly asked Joseph if he wouldn’t mind changing the Tokyo-Chicago-Newark flight to the Tokyo-JFK nonstop. [AJK: When you get an agent as good as Joseph, you make sure to leave it all out on the floor 😛 ] ANA award space from Tokyo-Chicago is much easier to find then Tokyo-JFK, but as Joseph was rebooking us in a revenue fare class that didn’t matter at all. He happily rebooked us to the JFK flight and booked a connection from Newark-Cleveland for me with enough time to grab dinner in Manhattan along the way. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
I’m going to make a number of comparisons between Singapore and Cathay Pacific first class. On Cathay you don’t have a suite per se but you do get a very comfortable wide seat that is semi-private. Besides for in the very first row in the nose of the Cathay 747 there are no good seats for couples on Cathay that want to see each other during the flight. Contrast that to Singapore suites where the double suites are just perfect for 2 people traveling together. Cathay First has awesome availability and can be booked with partner miles like AA and BA. Singapore Suites can only be booked with Singapore miles with fuel surcharges and it can be very tough to find 2 seats at saver rates. While Cathay First from the US means flying just to Hong Kong on Singapore there are flights to Moscow, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris