Book it Danno! Homeward bound
- A Rock, A Hard Place and Tier Points
- To Birmingham Airport, Ryanair FR693 Birmingham to Dublin
- A morning around Dublin
- Dublin Airport, BA4467 Dublin Airport to London City Airport
- Travelodge, London City Airport
- A Morning at London City Airport
- British Airways BA001 London City Airport – Shannon, Shannon to New York-JFK
- Über Takes on Manhattan
- Holiday Inn Express, JFK
- JFK T8, US Airways Flight US510 New York JFK to Phoenix, Arizona
- US Airways Club/Admiral’s Club, US694 Phoenix Sky Harbour to Honolulu
- The Aston Beach Waikiki
- Travel Plus… Doing – Exploring the Diamond Head Trail
- Travel Plus… Doing – Pearl Harbour and The USS Arizona Memorial
- The joy of British Airways Rebooking
- Honolulu Airport, American Airline Lounge, US693 Honolulu International to Phoenix
- US425 Phoenix to New York-JFK, Economy Class
- JFK Omnishambles
- BA002 JFK to London City Airport
- Involuntary Downgrade Chaos
- BA4462 London City Airport to Dublin
- A Five Hour Dublin Layover
- BA0837 Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport in Club Europe
- Homeward bound
- Aftermath: Points and Reflections…
After getting off the plane it was time to head to arrivals.
As Irish flights clear as UK arrivals, it was a long hike through a corridor past UK immigration, until we were released near the main luggage collection area.
I headed to the belt to pick my bag up (thankfully nice and fast), and pondered my next move. I could either grab a coach direct to Birmingham (but would not arrive until 9pm), or take the train have a couple of changes… and arrive at 9pm.
Train it is.
With my bag in hand, I headed for the Heathrow Express platforms, timing it perfectly for a Heathrow Express to Central, and a Heathrow Connect to Paddington.
Yes, I still refuse to pay £20 for a 15-mile journey. It’s a rip-off. Thinking back, I was pondering the tube, but I doubt commuters would love me in rush hour traffic in my half-asleep state throwing a rucksack or two around.
The Heathrow Connect service filled up as we headed towards London (no surprise as it’s peak time), but there was more than enough room to stretch out and think about the final legs for the trip home.
The train arrived at its usual platform (platform 12 at Paddington), and it was a case of following the crowd to the Tube entrance.
I was in no rush to catch it.
I found an entrance to the underground to take me over to Marylebone station, and with a blip of an Oyster card, I was in the warren of tunnels. 10 minutes later, I popped out at Marylebone.
By this point, I was seriously flagging. Lots of air travel and lots of time zones were catching up on me – and there was only one thing that could help.
I also got a train ticket for the train home. With that, I had to wait till 7pm for boarding to begin. And at 7pm, the masses were unleashed for the first cheap train back to Birmingham.
I got to the top of the train in good time, and bagged a seat with a table in case I wanted to work on the way back.
Alas, the train filled up – and to be honest, the will to type had long left me. I put together a quick pricing comparison about HotelTonight, made a few edits and closed my eyes for a bit.
Once past Banbury, a lot of the commuters had left, leaving the train quiet for the remaining run up to Birmingham.
Thankfully, the journey was on time, at 21:00, I stepped out into the cold Birmingham air.
Arriving back into Birmingham Moor Street – it was then just a final matter of locating a taxi and it driving me back to home.
10 minutes later, I was at my front door… the end of a grand adventure.
There’s no place like it.
Next: Aftermath – Points, Reflections and Refunds.
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