There is never an ideal time to take time off from a busy job, but with my brother graduating from university next week, I constructed my trip to Japan and South Korea as well as my mileage run from Seattle to Newark via Hawaii and Brazil around that date.
I will hop on UA933 tonight, the 1700 departure from Frankfurt to Washington Dulles, and have elected not to upgrade: the loads are so light that I am essentially able to reserve a row of five seats to myself on the 777 in Economy Plus. After flying in first class on United from Washington to Frankfurt last week, it will be interesting to compare service levels in economy to those of first. I have a feeling tonight's flight will be better in terms of service--just a hunch.
I'll be leap-frogging around the United States before arriving at Los Angeles tomorrow evening, briefly catching up with family, then flying to Japan via Honolulu and Guam on Thursday.
I am only about 35K miles away from 1K and I'll rack up far more than that on this upcoming journey. With more travel coming in May and June, the British Midland re-qualification issue is once again open.