Chicago XV – Tiers and Dreams
Back to O’Hare, Regional Admirals Club
- Tiers? And Dreams? Huh?
- Off to Heathrow, American Airlines FlAAgship Lounge
- American Airlines AA99 London – Chicago
- Crowne Plaza O’Hare
- Back to O’Hare, AA AAdmrials Club
- American Airlines AA1380 Chicago to St Louis, St Louis AAdmirals Club, AA1685 St Louis to Dallas Fort Worth
- DFW and AAn CEO encounter…
- American Airlines AA1180 – Dallas Fort Worth to San Juan
- The Intercontinental San Juan and #Rucksackgate
- San Juan International Airport
- American Airlines AA1591 San Juan to Dallas Forth Worth
- More messing around DFW
- American Airlines AA1618 Dallas Fort Worth to St Louis International, A quick STL Stop, American Airlines AA1186 St Louis to Chicago
- The Hyatt Regency O’Hare with a Rucksack gate update
- One Time Exception: A Chicago Photographic Interlude
- O’Hare Take 3, AA AAdmirals Club – THIS SECTION
- AA3360 Chicago O’Hare to Toronto Pearson
- Toronto Airport Omnishambles – The Long Wait, BA Toronto Lounge
- BA96 Toronto to London Heathrow featuring the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner
- Homeward bound
- The long and winding road
With everything done in Chicago, a quick return to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare was needed to re-pack and ensure everything was set for the journey home. With that all done, I was back in another Hyatt shuttle bus back to terminal 3 of O’Hare… for the 3rd time in a week.
I traipsed over to Executive Check In, and presented my credentials. And I had the agent who had to check everything was “by the book” (for example – not sure on luggage allowances for a World Traveller Plus passenger with a BA Golf Card and having to phone for help for most thing, to sticking to the 23kg a bag or a US$150 fee).
Heck, I had to tutor him about lounges and priority tags.
*Head… Wall… Bang*
Every now and again… you wonder why. All you can do breath, smile and move on.
With the bags taken off me after a bit of negotiation (and the removal of a 3 1/2lb bag of candy), it was off to security. As usual, I opted for a pat down. All done with the matter of minutes as security was quiet.
With that, I was air-side once again at Chicago O’Hare T3.
A quick visit to Duty Free to pick up some supplies, and it was time for a lounge near a gate. Except my flight would be going from the distant H gates. Thankfully there was an American Airlines lounge over there, so with plenty of time to spare, I headed over in that direction.
I was welcomed and allowed in… to a very refreshed lounge. Bright and breezy, with the big dark browns long gone.
Coffee and Fountain Drinks
Compared to the last time I was here, this lounge has gone through a radical makeover, and it shows. Power sockets were easy to find, and the Internet worked a charm. Heck, I even converted my AA drinks voucher into a vodka and cola this time as opposed to a bottle of water (in full knowledge that I would have to re-clear immigration and security at Toronto… no point in wasting a bottle of water).
It gave me the time I needed to relax and complete the final sort out, ready for the onward trip home.
I checked if our plane was on time – and surprise – it wasn’t. So I hung around the lounge until the plane arrived. The agent at the ticketing desk gave the nod when the plane pulled in.
With that, it was time to head out of the lounge and off to the gate
Arriving at the gate area, I could see the plane had pulled in, and was unloading passengers. A reasonably good sign
Although if you weren’t careful, you could end up going to the wrong destination.
Thankfully the delay was pretty slight, and soon Priority AAcess passengers were invited aboard. I took my leave of Chicago and headed down the jetbridge.