Different Airlines – Same Routes – To Chicago with American Airlines and British Airways
Or “Oh Sandy. You came and you gave without thinking….”
- Cheap Flight? In the autumn? Which planet are you on? (The Introduction)
- To London, BA Galleries First, American Airlines FlAAgship Lounge
- AA99 – London Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare International
- Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- One-Time Exception: From Addison to Downtown – Riding the L
- Trials, Tribulations and Sandy
- O’Hare T3 and the American Airlines FlAAgship Lounge
- AA98 – Chicago O’Hare International to London Heathrow
- Homeward Bound
- Oh Sandy, you came and you gave without thinking… (The Wrap-up) – (THIS SECTION)
Let it never be said that my travels aren’t without incident – either with me loosing something, getting something stolen, or a hurricane deciding to cause havoc.
As I got home, I saw the devastation the storm did, and it was heartbreaking to see what was happening.
I contacted my friends, who were ok at least – and had managed to get their cat out safely. For others, its a long rebuild and clean up – one I’m sure the New York/New Jersey recover from. The damage will be repaired, but it was sad to see what had happened in Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, The Bahamas, Bermuda, Virginia, DC, New York and New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New England, and parts of Canada.
So I’d urge to to donate to one of the charities who are supporting efforts in these areas – long after the cameras have gone.
I considered myself lucky to be where I was, and had the chance to get out whilst I could.
Lets do some summing up then.
- British Airways: Ok, the F Lounge whilst comfortable was a bit crap in terms of service. However, the BA Reservations team came into their own when I needed to change the flights to avoid Sandy – managing to put me on a flight home (twice), and they get top marks for that – even for the 1 hour and 15 minute wait.
- American Airlines: Well, that was a bit different compared to the United runs. Certainly the food and beverage product is a lot strong than United, but the seating was universally awful in economy – from the tight thing they call 32″ on those 777’s to the very tight bulkhead seats on those 767’s. Not perfect, but a way to get from A to B… I suppose.
- Crown Plaza O’Hare: Did the job for the night. That’s all I ask… and considering how much I paid (and got in Priority Club Reward points), I’m not exactly complaining.
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare: They did a great job as usual – and it seems that hotel is improving in terms of getting things right in terms of customer service. There are little kinks, but a good job by them as usual. The conference team there again did a marvellous job supporting me during my event.
And that’s that for this trip. Comments and Feedback are always welcome.
But I can’t leave you dangling on a string about my next adventure. Surely there is something more? Well look at the map below:
Join me in To Hong Kong: For the LOVE of Avios with Swiss and British Airways – coming very soon 😉