25 September 2010
Where in the World to Go
January's trip was to London (inexpensive fare and easy upgrade). February was Singapore, with the hope of checking out the new Marina Bay Sands Skydeck and shopping and casino complex. Turned out that it was behind schedule and not open yet, so I went to check out the brand new casino that just opened on Sentosa Island. That trip was also memorable because it was the first time I had ever gotten stuck overseas. My trips to Singapore require a plane change in Hong Kong. United has inbound flights from Chicago and SFO and the Chicago plane goes to Singapore and the SF plane goe to Vietnam. The return follows the same pattern, so even though my plane got to Hong Kong on time, I was subject to the whims of the Chicago plane, which decided to have a mechanical problem that could not be fixed within the allotted time for crew validity. So they eventually had to put all of us up overnight (at their expense).
May was a trip back to London and a short stay outside of London at a hotel castle (Thornbury Castle). June was a trip back to Frankfurt and a stay in Baden-Baden and a visit to Strasbourg in Alsace. That trip was more of a short vacation than a mileage run, but the destination was selected because I had plans to go back to Germany in early July with some friends and I decided I wanted to leverage a Eurail pass over both trips.
The July trip was back to Germany with friends for a real vacation. But the trip did not count because it was on a free ticket. I'll discuss my approach to free tickets and using miles in the next post.
We are now caught up with the big trips.