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Old Jan 7, 11, 6:34 pm
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cmte_valle
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Programs: SAA Voyager Platinum, LifeMiles Diamond, HHonors Silver, SPG Gold, Tsogo Sun Director
Posts: 115
Star alliance legacy? GRU-MVD on TAM

Pre-Flight
At mid-december I had no trip booked for early January, which was weird, but the situation would soon change. A little business trip down to Uruguai, Montevideo and Punta Del Este were the cities to visit when visiting a couple suppliers and distributors.
The itinerary was pretty straight forward as I was to cover the distance between Montevideo and Punta Del Este by car, but I was pretty annoyed flying TAM, the only thing that made me feel more comfortable was that I would be scoring *A miles turns out that it wouldn’t be that much of a smooth trip, you will see soon.


going to the airport,

GRU-MVD
JJ8046
0925-1200
Airbus A320


Check-in
One hour and fifty minutes before the flight I presented myself at the check-in desk, the first bad thing at TAM is that the premium check-in lounge is pretty much crowded, they are not the same counter as business class or first, which is not bad as there are fewer people to check-in, but they are really crowded, looks like TAM gives the second tier members(blue) the chance to check in there, so it gets really crowded. At first they informed me I was not eligible to check in there because I was a member of another star-alliance program, not Tam. But I took my droid phone to tam.com and showed them I was eligible, after the fuss, the check-in was done by a rather unhappy agent.
A friend of mine was traveling to Uruguai for Vacation and he is a United 1K member, we went to tam’s lounge and they kicked him out of there because he was not eligible to take to people into the lounge and the dragons were saying something about having to be family with the people you invited, all ........, to avoid the fuss, we got to American Express Lounge.



In-Flight experience
We pushed-back and taxied on time and by 0935 we were airborne with a flight time of two hours, and the service took all the flight because the crew could not manage to serve and take the breakfast back on time. This really annoyed me as I woke up at 0500 and was looking forward to take some well-deserved sleep, I couldn’t because of that tray-table, holding all the trash that they took all flight to take back, at least the meal was good and carried on bio-degradable packing, can you call a flight on time when you arrive 20 minutes before? If so, the flight was on time.








mandatory legroom picture



Montevideo ground-experience
Immigration although packed was quick, as people from an AA flight had just arrived, no problems thought, I got throw the nice duty-free shop inside the arrivals area, bags were out really quickly and soon enough I was on a little delayed taxi, on my way to the holtel, which would be Holiday Inn Montevideo.




deabording


luggage
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