Early start at San Francisco Airport – Summer Tier Points
In this… epic.
- When will I learn to jump on a fare?
- Wednesday Afternoon.. off to the airport
- EI273 Birmingham to Dublin Airport
- Into Dublin for some Donuts. And Pokemon
- The Travelodge in Swords, Dublin Airport
- Pre-Clearance fun at Dublin airport, 51st and Green Lounge
- AA291 Dublin to New York JFK – Business Class
- A Manhattan Char Siu Adventure
- Back in the Secure Area, Flagship Lounge and AAdmirals Club
- AA2652 New York JFK to San Francisco International – Transcontinental Business Class
- The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
- Do the BART into San Francisco, The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
- Sausalito: Which ferry to take?
- Halfway across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Fooding around San Francisco
- The Crowne Plaza, San Francisco Airport
- Early start at San Francisco airport
- AA164 San Francisco International to New York JFK – Transcontinental Business Class
- The joy of terminal swaps, BA Pre-departure dining
- BA174 New York JFK to London Heathrow – Club World (Business Class)
- An Early Morning Change at Heathrow
- BA828 London Heathrow T5 to Dublin Airport – Club Europe
- Doughnuts and coffee shops – Exploring Dublin
- Once more with feeling at Dublin Airport
- FR666 Dublin Airport to Birmingham Airport
- 600 TP: Done
With another ride on the shuttle bus to the Airport via the Marriott, I was dropped off at Terminal 2.
With three flights coming up, I wanted to ensure I had everything for the legs onto Dublin, and that all the logistics of that were sorted.
I headed over to the premium check in to conduct what needed to be done.
My bag was accepted for travel, and most importantly – checked all the way through to Dublin Airport directly. In addition, all my boarding passes were issued too – cutting down the pain of requesting new boarding passes at each stop.
With those formalities completed, I headed through the most pleasant security experience I think I can find in the USA – the Team SFO security. Whilst things were busy, I was done and dusted from the security process in under 10 minutes.
Not too shabby.
The beauty of the current set up is that as soon as you clear security – the Admirals Club is on the right. Which makes life a lot easier.
I was welcomed into the club and buzzed in.
The lounge itself is pretty open and a welcoming space.
With some time before the flight, I checked out the food options – which were the typical American Airlines lounge food options.
So I went for some coffee and a spicy trail mix. Yes I’m totally original. That, and I would be eating on the plane soon enough.
With a spot in peace and quiet, I watched the planes do their thing (including some classic Virgin America planes do their thing (which is nice to see – even though the airline is now Alaska Airlines – the innovations the airline made are still being understood by some parts of the industry).
With time ticking on to departure, I exited the lounge, and headed to the gate
On passed something on the way we need to talk about – the joy of cats with waving hands.
Better known as maneki-neko, it’s a Japanese figurine (also adopted by the Chinese and others) to bring good luck.
And there’s a historical display about them. Which is nice
After passing the beckoning cats, I headed towards the departure gate.
I arrived at the gate shortly before the boarding procedure boarding begun. This suits me to a tee. Better to be slightly early than to miss the damn flight… which I have done on a couple of occasions.
Once boarding commenced, it was a quick affair to get on the plane and begin the long trek back to Birmingham .
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