Tag: Airports

Heading Home Part 2: Turkish Airlines July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge and Istanbul to New York-JFK Business Class

This is the 20th and concluding part of a series about my summer 2017 trip, which took me to Norway, the Netherlands, and Malta.  You can read an overview of the trip here. Turkish Airlines Flt. 11, Istanbul (IST) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) Boeing 777-300, Business Class, 11h 15m Perhaps the worst part of my
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Trip Report: South African Airways New A333 Business Class Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, Sans Camera

This is part 18 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. South African Airways Flt. 222 Johannesburg to Sao Paulo – Guarulhos Sched. Dep. 11:15am              Sched. Arr. 4:00pm Actual Dep. 11:07am                Actual Arr. 3:30pm A330-300, Business Class My trip back home was an unusual, but not that
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Trip Report:  SA Express Walvis Bay to Johannesburg

SA Express Flt 1702  WVB to JNB Boeing 737-300, Economy Sched. Dep. 2:45pm   Sched. Arr.4:55pm Actual Dep. 3:00pm   Actual Arr. 5:18pm This is part 14 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. So this was a very strange flight. Swakopmund doesn’t have its own airport with commercial
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Air Namibia Cape Town to Windhoek:  Shenanigans, or the 2 Hour Flight That Became an All-Day Journey

This is part 10 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. Air Namibia Flt. 704  Cape Town to Windhoek (via Walvis Bay) Sched. Dep. 11:30am    Actual Dep. 1:09pm Sched. Arr.  1:20pm   Actual Arr. 4:30pm A319, Coach In the aftermath of Unitedgate, where everyone became an expert on
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New Zealand Conclusion:  LAX Admirals Club and LAX-DCA in American Main Cabin Extra

This is the conclusion of my 16-part series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. I’ve actually never connected at LAX before.  Particularly if you have luggage, I don’t recommend an international connection there.  Landing at the Tom Bradley International Terminal itself wasn’t that bad, and there was no
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The Long Journey Home, Part 2: Sydney to Los Angeles (SYD-LAX), Qantas Economy A380

This is part 15 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. I had a momentary panic upon landing at SYD, as the monitors showed the flight to LAX as canceled.  I soon realized, though, that it was the American flight that was canceled, not the Qantas
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The Long Journey Home, Part 1:  Qantas Auckland to Sydney (AKL-SYD), Trans-Tasman Economy

This is part 14 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Unfortunately, my great deal on my ticket to New Zealand required transiting through Sydney on the return, which added a significant amount of time to the journey – about five hours between the layover and
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2016 Index and Year in Review

I won’t belabor the point, but 2016 was pretty terrible.  My travels were pretty good,though.  I still owe you all a few posts from my November New Zealand adventure, but as we say goodbye to the dumpster-fire of 2016, here’s a look back at my year in travel.  For previous years’ retrospectives, check out 2015,
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Mini-Report:  Air New Zealand Queenstown to Auckland

This is part 11 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Air New Zealand Flt. 644 A320, Single-Cabin Economy Sch. Dep. 2:30pm        Sch. Arr. 4:20pm Act. Dep. 2:50pm        Act. Dep. 4:43pm The Queenstown airport is pretty small.  I really could have taken an extra hour exploring Queenstown, as
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Mini-Trip Report:  Wellington to Christchurch on an Air New Zealand ATR-72 and the Odd Wellington Airport

This is part 6 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. From Wellington, I was headed to the South Island, where I’d spend the bulk of the remainder of my trip, making my way by car from Christchurch in the northeast-ish to Queenstown in the southmiddle-ish.  
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