Joseph rebooked us in a full revenue fare class. I gave my United 1K mileage number and wound up with no miles. AJK gave his Aegean mileage number and wound up with tens of thousands of miles. [AJK: 35,000 miles to be exact. Not only that, but this one-way travel earned me Star Alliance Gold for another year, through 2017! Bottom line, if United moves you from an award bucket to a revenue fare due to being bumped, the flight being cancelled or delayed, make sure to switch your frequent flyer number to a partner to be able to earn miles free miles on a free ticket. United will not award them to its own program and you won’t get retroactive credit after the flight.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
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OK, fine. I do admit that’s an insane amount of travel compacted into just 5 days. Over 20K flown miles! Nor would it come cheap. The first section of the flights to Honolulu set us back 30K Singapore miles in lie-flat business class. The island hopper section from Honolulu all the way until Palau was 100K miles in business class, which was actually a standard award as there wasn’t a single saver business class award on the island hopper on a Monday for the entire year. I can’t remember ever using a standard award previously, but that’s what it took for this trip. And the final section from Palau to Cleveland in ANA First Class would run a whopping 110K miles. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
Singapore is a city-state, meaning that the entire country consists just of the city of Singapore. It is a financial hub and feels very western with English being the primary language. For some reason it all feels a little fake, like a giant Disneyland though suitable for both adults and kids. You don’t feel like you’re getting an authentic Eastern experience like you do in China, Japan, or Hong Kong. Rather this is the sanitized version that the tourism directors have created. Not that you can’t have an awesome time in Singapore as long as you understand what you’re in for. Just don’t try to bring in any drugs or gum 😀 … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: 2 Nights In Singapore And Back Home On A Korean A380
The Maitre D’ and waiter both pressed me to order the Beef Back Ribs, saying it’s by far the best thing they make. Until they had to sheepishly come back to let me know that they were out of them. Never a good idea to recommend things that strongly if you’re out of them… … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: A Quick Weekend Trip To Miami-December 2015
Despite having separate bills for everyone from the beginning, it took a very long time for them to run our credit cards. I got to Newark airport just 20 minutes before my flight and pre-check was closed. Usually I’m very good at timing these things, but for the first time in many years I was afraid I might actually miss the flight. Most of the people in line though were going to Tel Aviv and had no problem letting me go ahead of them. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
Of course I was fully expecting the mediocre kosher meal, so I had ordered a Western Burger ($17) loaded with grilled pastrami, sauteed mushrooms, and caramelized onions and a hickory burger ($17) topped with onion rings and pulled brisket. I split the burgers with my brother and double wrapped each of them. The flight attendant was more than happy to warm it up and it was phenomenal. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 1: Flying Emirates Shower Class To Dubai