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
At checkout we waited 20 minutes on hold to get help with our bags for the long way from the upstairs villa to the front of the hotel. Eventually we gave up and went to the front desk to request help retrieving our luggage from the room. It would be another 30 minutes before our bags came, meaning that I had to speed to the airport and just hope no cop pulled me over. Luckily we made it without having to bribe anyone. … [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!
-The weekend market in The Rocks, the historical district around the Park Hyatt, is quite fun and is a great place to buy souvenirs. There are booths where glassmakers make replicas of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge right in front of your eyes. You can even take a video of the piece you buy as they make it. And best of all prices are surprisingly reasonable at about A$40 and they can be negotiated as well. The only problem was that although they “guaranteed” that the way they wrap it that it will survive the plane-ride home in your carry-on, when you negotiate too much and have to pay in cash and they don’t answer their phone it’s hard to get them to honor that guaranty. Luckily I have an awesome wife who took the splices of the Sydney Opera House and superglued the ones that were still whole back together again! … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 4: Sydney, Australia.
-Thursday, 12/27: We flew back on USAirways in Envoy class on an A330. The seats are very comfortable, though as a bed it’s pretty narrow. The footbed is also very narrow, though it seems that as on United, the bulkhead seats had bigger foot cutouts. The kosher food was from Stogel’s which is the absolute worst garbage in the air that you likely wouldn’t even eat if you were starving. One flight attendant refused to heat up our own food but another awesome flight attendant was happy to do so. All in all service was fine, but as with all US airlines will greatly vary based on the attitude of the flight attendant and the ones that work routes like Paris are the ones that have been around for decades too long. There are 4 seats across in business class and each seat has direct aisle access which is great. Downside to not having a suite? The french woman directly across the aisle from me was hacking and coughing for the entire flight … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris