Trip to Japan in March 2014

Seems we are getting to Japan pretty frequently these days. We decided to go in March again because of the Kyoto Hometown Dolpa 10 since Ksusha really wanted some of the dolls from there.

New Delta Sky Club Atlanta terminal F
This time we finally got a flight out of Atlanta airport new terminal F with their new Sky Club.


Visit to Anime Expo 2011, day 1

We just returned from out trip to Los Angeles for Anime Expo 2011 that was held over a Independence day weekend (July 1-4, 2011).

This post here is about the travel day and the first day of the Anime Expo itself.

We departed on June 30th which was it's own separate story. Delta contacted us 1.5 hours before departure because our first flight was delayed and we were going to miss our connection. Prospect of missing out on the first day of the event did not appeal to us so we asked if anything could be done. To our surprise Delta representative proposed to rebook us on American Airline flight that would still arrive in time. This was very surprising since AA is not even a code-sharing partner of Delta, but anyway we are really grateful.

Flyng to Chicago
Window view.


Out of turn trip to The Crimea

We were long planning a trip to The Crimea for the coming August, but at the beginning of July it became obvious that the tickets are going to remain way too expensive until the very last few days of August and out trip would be much more realistinc in September-October timeframe.

That is all fine except some of our friends are only present in The Crime at summer and would need to go to Moscow at the end of August.

So looking at my huge SkyMiles balance I wondered if I can get some "free" air tickets and surprisingly there were a few days in July that had air travel possible for pretty small amount of miles and the return trip would be in business class too. After some thinking we decided that we should go and got tickets for July 9th to go to The Crimea and back on July 24. The roundtrip tickets to Kiev only cost ~$240 for two (and only this much because Ksusha did not have enough miles balance I transferred some to her which is not free).

A nice surprise also awaited us in New York, while boarding the airplane I was flagged by the gate agent and informed that I was upgraded to business class for that part of the trip. I indicated that I was traveling not alone (we bought separate tickets) and we both got upgraded as a result.

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