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Travel Plans 2013

I have already booked two trips to the US for next year.

A while ago I booked a flight to California in the second half of March, taking advantage of the Easter weekend to save two vacation days. The flight dates are as follows:

  • Sat, 03/16: FRA -> ATL DL 15 on a B767-400ER departing at 1015 and arriving at 1540 [Economy Comfort]
  • Sat, 03/16: ATL -> LAX DL 2255 on a B767-300 departing at 1905 and arriving at 2052 [Economy Comfort]
  • Fri, 03/29: LAX -> ATL DL 1754 on a B767-300 departing at 1200 and arriving at 1935 [Economy Comfort]
  • Sat, 03/30: ATL -> FRA DL 14 on a B767-400ER departing at 1615 and arriving at 0720 [Economy Comfort]

While we had a stopover in CVG on the return of our last trip this time we will stay one night in Atlanta. So we will be able to dine at our favorite restaurant there, a Ruby Tuesday on Sullivan Road in College Park. This restaurant is just across the street from two nice airport hotels, a Sheraton and a Hampton Inn.

The other trip is our very first award flight! Woohoo!

In early summer we will fly BusinessElite to New York:

  • Sun, 06/30:  FRA -> JFK DL 107 on a B767-300ER departing at 1205 and arriving at 1455
  • Fri, 07/05: JFK-> FRA DL 106 on a B767-300ER departing at 2000 and arriving at 1020

After finding low level availability only on the return flight for a couple days (and medium level for the outbound flight) yesterday I found low level availability for both flights and booked right away. Well, that is, right away after conferring with my girlfriend who will travel with me.

So, our flight to JFK in a premium cabin costs us 100,000 miles per person plus an insane amount of taxes and fees. Since our trip does not start in the US but in the EU we have to pay around $630 per person.

Not yet booked is a third trip to the States which will be in Q3 or Q4 of next year.

Fall 2012 Vacation in California: DL 14 ATL to FRA

After arriving at ATL on concourse T we entered the plane train and took the ride towards the new concourse F in the new new international terminal. It was our very first time getting there and it was fascinating and interesting how the train took twists and turns between concourses E and F, while the route is straight between the other concourses.

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Fall 2012 Vacation in California: DL 1520 CVG to ATL

After checking out of the DoubleTree by Hilton CVG the shuttle brought us to the airport where we checked in. The check-in agent had to overcome a minor technical glitch but did that well. So after a few minutes we were checked in, got our boarding passes for both flights, to ATL and then to FRA, and our bags were on their way.

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Fall 2012 Vacation in California: DL 1814 LAX to CVG

After one night at the EconoLodge we checked out and headed towards Hertz. On our way there we filled up at a gas station to avoid an overpriced fuel purchase option when returning the car.

In no time we were at Hertz, returned the car without a hassle, and sat onboard the Hertz shuttle bus. We were brought quickly to LAX where we exited at terminal 5. Like with prior experiences the driver did not feel any urge to help us with our bags so there was no need for us to tip him. Great 😉

Inside the terminal building we checked in at one of the kiosks where I also paid our baggage fees for our second bags. Unfortunately, this flight does not count as part of an international itinerary because of the stopover.

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Fall 2012 Vacation in California: DL 2155 ATL to LAX

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 15 FRA to ATL
  • Flight DL 2155 ATL to LAX
  • Hilton LAX, Hertz
  • Embassy Suites Ontario Airport
  • Comfort Inn in Oakhurst
  • Yosemite NP
  • Comfort Inn in Mariposa
  • Travelodge Merced
  • Merced to Sacramento, Red Roof Inn
  • Shopping, Dining
  • W Silicon Valley
  • San Francisco Day 1
  • San Francisco Day 2
  • Days Inn & Suites in Hayward
  • San Francisco Day 3
  • Sleep Inn & Suites Bakersfield
  • Sheraton Ontario Airport
  • EconoLodge Near LAX
  • Flight DL 1814 LAX to CVG
  • DoubleTree by Hilton CVG
  • Flight DL 1520 CVG to ATL
  • Flight Delta 14 ATL to FRA

We landed in Atlanta right on time and taxied to our gate. We deplaned and walked towards immigration where we had a short line. However, it was somewhat the slowest one.

Eventually we were approved to enter the US and descended to baggage claim. When we had retrieved our bags we proceeded through customs where I passed my customs form to a friendly officer.

Funnily, she greeted me with the words, „Welcome home.“ Nice to hear these words away from home 😉 After landing in Atlanta, getting through immigration and customs control, we rechecked our bags and took the plane train to concourse A where we visited one of the Delta Sky Clubs there.

We enjoyed some small snacks and a couple beverages. I brushed my teeth, refreshed myself, and then we left the lounge to board our plane to LAX at gate A25.

Again, we boarded with zone 1 and settled into our seats which were 11 A, B. We left the gate right on schedule, taxied to the runway, and took off, continuing our journey to California.

On board this flight we enjoyed smoked turkey and provolone sandwiches from the EATS menu and margaritas (one each). I also like Sky Breeze, but I was happy that Delta offered margaritas on domestic flights. I think the sandwich tasted good, and the margarita was very nice.

We had a pleasant flight and I marvelled at what I saw when flying over the Texan panhandle, crossing into New Mexico. I guess I saw parts of Palo Duro Canyon. From then on the view was just amazing with all those canyons and stuff. Or the massive array of wind generators near Palm Springs. Shortly thereafter we started approaching LAX where we landed safely.

Fall 2012 Vacation in California: DL 15 FRA to ATL

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 15 FRA to ATL
  • Flight DL 2155 ATL to LAX
  • Hilton LAX, Hertz
  • Embassy Suites Ontario Airport
  • Comfort Inn in Oakhurst
  • Yosemite NP
  • Comfort Inn in Mariposa
  • Travelodge Merced
  • Merced to Sacramento, Red Roof Inn
  • Shopping, Dining
  • W Silicon Valley
  • San Francisco Day 1
  • San Francisco Day 2
  • Days Inn & Suites in Hayward
  • San Francisco Day 3
  • Sleep Inn & Suites Bakersfield
  • Sheraton Ontario Airport
  • EconoLodge Near LAX
  • Flight DL 1814 LAX to CVG
  • DoubleTree by Hilton CVG
  • Flight DL 1520 CVG to ATL
  • Flight Delta 14 ATL to FRA

We arrived well ahead of 7am at Frankfurt Airport and found a short line at check-in. So it was just a matter of a couple minutes till we had checked in. We received our boarding passes for the two flights DL 15 and DL 2155, dropped our checked bags, and walked off.

After clearing passport control we headed straight for the Sky Lounge situated opposite gate D8, only a short distance from security checkpoint for gates D5-8. We entered the lounge, handed our Priority Pass membership cards and boarding passes to the agent, and got checked in quickly.

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