A spontaneous trip where the journey is at least as important as the destination.

I'm in the midst of a super Aviation-geeky trip. I have a lot of vacation time to use, and quite a few United miles, so I decided to burn some of each.  After the Singapore Airlines excitement this past weekend, my United mileage balance is really low now!

Lufthansa A380photo from Flickr

I'm planning to fly on 3 new aircraft types for me.  My first flight on the 747-8i, A380 and 787.  I'm also finally going to spend some time in Japan, a place I've visited before, but only for layovers.  I'm going to stay in one of my 'dream' hotels, the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

Lufthansa 747-8iphoto from Flickr

This is a Star Alliance First Class award, with longhaul segments on Lufthansa on the 747-8i, A380, and A346, and Thai First Class on the 777-300ER leased from Jet Airways with the excellent suites.  I'm planning 2 visits to the Frankfurt Lufthansa First Class Terminal, and one visit to the Bangkok Thai First Class Lounge and Spa.  I also am going to have my first flight on the ANA 787, which I booked an economy domestic Japan award.  


Jet Airways Suite, this photo from when I experienced it aboard Turkish Airways

If you have read this far, you should follow me (and updates from this trip) on twitter @bta7.  



Helixcardinal July 12, 2012 at 04:07 am

How were you able to secure LH F? Last minute booking?

Looks great!

I am down to 20K UA RDMs! Time to transfer in some Chase points!

Brad July 12, 2012 at 06:08 am

Thanks guys.

@Helixcardinal yes, I booked this inside the 2 week window that Lufthansa releases award seats to Star Alliance partners.