Upcoming: Transatlantic travels, 36 hours and 10,500 miles over 3 continents!

So the much needed vacation is coming closer to take off date. End of this week, I fly over to the United States for a 3 week holiday, which will also give me a lot of time to post on topics I have on my mind. I am taking Jet Airways Premiere to travel to JFK via BRU (2 hours layover) and after a brief layover on Delta to Seattle (SEA) via Cincinnati(CVG), in Coach (yeah!).

I have been on 9W to BRU several times from India, using it as an alternative to go to AMS on Delta. The experience has been good, in Coach as well as in their Business class (Premiere). The hard product and the soft product are very good overall. That is reason enough for me not to get experimental while on business and use the same carrier over and over again!

So after an expectedly good travel experience in 9W, I will be subject to Delta for 6-7 hours. Delta, well, I’ve been on their coach for BOM-AMS once, and I refused to go on that again due to the appalling nature of their inflight crew. As fate would have it, when I had to book an internal trip in the States (JFK-SEA-JFK), I wanted to maximise the little benefits I would have as being a Skyteam Elite+, so Delta was the only option. I recently ran out of Star Alliance Gold and hence US Airways and United/Continental were out. The only foreseeable benefit I see is I get to check-in 2 bags free. However, thanks to the much-talked about Delta IT team, my Elite+ status is still not showing up on my ticket. The only answer I could get from the DeltaAssist team on Twitter (@DeltaAssist) was that once I check-in the status would show up. They contacted FB also, apparently. I’ve heard good things about DeltaAssist on Twitter. Too bad they have not been able to fix my ticketing issues yet!

This is how the trip-plan looks now, both ways. That is a cool 21,000 miles added to the travel log for the year!




Look out for the details of the trip coming up shortly!!

About Ajay

Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

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