600 TP: Done – 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
So the point of this short trip? Let’s go back to the title – Summer Tier points. My aim was to get BA Silver locked in the bag for another year.
And that trip did that with 40 Tier point to spare.
I don’t need to rest on my laurels if a decent fare comes up to Asia, but also – I don’t need to worry about silly things like luggage fees and worrying what lounge I can go into.
If it makes my flying easier for the next 18 months or so – I’ll take it
And to be honest – there’s only one thing I miss about being a BA Gold – and that’s the enhanced availability in economy class (which got me out of tight spot once or twice).
Let’s have a quick review of some of the experiences this trip report
Aer Lingus: A to B flight. Did the job as usual
Travelodge Swords: Not worth €100 for a night – but better value than a lot of hotels in the area considering the pope was visiting…
American Airlines: Whilst the 757 might be a bit clapped out, I’ve noticed a sea-change here, in that staff seem happier, and it’s reflecting in the service. Also – the Transcontinental service is excellent, with a good choice of hardware and product.
Hyatt San Francisco Airport: A good choice, but get it on points. The rack-rates are overpriced for a hotel like this
Intercontinental Mark Hopkins: A classic property… and a continued favourite of mine.
Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport: It needs a refresh, but it gets the room elements correct.
British Airways Long Haul: So close, and yet so far. The Do&Co food – fantastic, the crew – improved, the product reasonable. But please – Get shot of the Mid-J 747’s on this route, and we’d all be a lot happier
British Airways Short Haul: Serving breakfast at the top of decent isn’t ideal is it?
Ryanair: I was asleep. But at least they sold scratchcards. I think.
That’s your lot for Summer Tier Points. I hoped you enjoyed it as we deep dived into the passenger experience in the air.
There are a still a lot of travel stories and passenger experience reviews going on the blog
Meanwhile: If you wondered what Premium Economy is like with Lufthansa, join me for Aboard the Lufthansa Flying Lab (currently in play)
Also in play: We a few of snapshots coming up (which follow after this) – with the main trip report coming after. And it’s a doozy. Please join me for Long Way Home – to Chicago with American Airlines and Finnair.
See you soon!
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