What great views over the runways from the location above gate A65. I love the international airports with the 747′s, A340′s, and great lounges to relax in before flight time. We arrived about 3PM for the 5PM flight and the place was deserted. There are four laptops available for use without fee. The bar is well stocked. Complimentary and hot food was available. The chicken was super and the vanilla custard to die for. No pictures, sorry.
We have spent the last two days editing and are ready for an 8 hour flight, good meal, movie, and some zzzz’s.
If I was asked to rank the four cities we visited for destinations for others I’d give Krakow the number one spot, followed by Berlin, Prague, and Budapest in that order. I would gladly return to any of the first three and let Budapest take on new arrivals as they come. I have nothing negative to say about the city, I just enjoyed the others better. But then again, that Hungarian bath was quite a treat.
It is time now to prepare for our two month move to Michigan, fire up the Chicago Seminar DO again, attending to all the things necessary there and head off on some Mileage runs. I have three round trips from Chicago to Spokane in US Airways first class via Phoenix at $141 each and four runs from Traverse City, Michigan to Denver via San Francisco on United. The cost of those runs were $110 round-trip for two of them and $70 round trip for the other two. At those prices one decent bump experience will make those Elite Qualifying miles virtually free.
And of course, I’ll be at the Ann Arbor Flyertalk DO on July 24th and 25th. Nathan or Wanaflyforless (his FT handle) is the featured speaker both days. I’ll miss his talks in Chicago as I’m speaking in the same time slot in an adjoining room. He is an amazing young man with a mind that grasps concepts and opportunities better than anyone I know. I have never talked to Nathan without improving my frugal travel skills. You may want to check the Ann Arbor DO thread in Community Buzz on Flyertalk to see if there is still space.
As I read this post, it seems I have a busy summer ahead with lots of miles piling up and opportunities all around to learn more and earn more. This can be an addiction you know.
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