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2017: Your travel year in review

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Old Dec 24, 17, 7:27 am
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2017: Your travel year in review

New Cities/Towns: Chitose, Furano, Biei, Asahikawa (Hokkaido, Japan), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Chengdu, Le Shan and Emei Mountain (China)

Revisited Cities/Towns: Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Taipei, Jakarta and Seoul

New Airports: AKJ, CNX, CTU and SIN (T4)

New Airlines: Bangkok Airways and Air Do

New flight experience: Bangkok Air (Y), Air Do (Y), Air Asia (Flat Bed) and Silk Air (Business)

Best flight experience: Silk Air (Business) and Bangkok Air (Y)

Best lounge visited: All Cathay new lounges in Hong Kong (Pier), Bangkok, Tokyo (Haneda) and Taipei

Shortest Flight: MH SIN-KUL

Longest Flight: JL NRT-SIN
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Old Dec 25, 17, 11:30 am
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Yay, Time for this travel year in review

2017, finally got myself slowing down this year.
I've been bemoaning myself this for years and it finally happened.
Went from a crazy 439,128 miles in 2017 to a calmer 283,367 miles in 2018.

Sadly will be losing AA EXP which seems like I've had for an eternity and also going down to AS MVPG from G75.

Country Count luckily enough continues to go up
#46>58 in 2014, #59>74 in 2015, #75>86 in 2016 and #87>#95 in 2017.

Best Experience:
1)
Private QR 388 F on CAN-DOH, with J and Y completely sold-out
2) Flying GA F AMS-CGK, its sad this product isn't selling better elsewhere
3) Private PS 738 J on KBP-ARN, intra-EU flights are hardly special but your own cabin is still nice no matter what cabin it is.

Most Unexpected Experience:
1) Op-up on LX ZRH-AMS on Easter as a A3 *G, guess all the HONs and SENs decided to go elsewhere that day
2) Going to YYZ as a unplanned trip on a ticket you thought that was invalid.

Most Ridiculous Experience:
FJ J APW-NAN, check-in counter wanted a hiking/walking stick to be checked at the counter.
Ended up getting Papa SHF wheelchair service so he can hold onto the walking stick.

Worst Experience:
1) LH F MUC-HKG, how is it even possible to have a bad experience in LH F?
Accidentally mixing your meds with alcohol when they aren't supposed to go together, nothing but diarrhea and stomach cramps for 10 hours straight.
2) FJ Y NAN-APW, having gate agent yelled "Security Breach" in your face for boarding out of group, when they didn't announce groups in the first place and had a free-for all at the boarding line.
That was after swapping 3 gates in 10 mins.
In retrospect, I probably should've let her try to pull that one, dumped and re-do security checks for every airside passenger.

What's with me and Fiji Airways? Luckily I'm not going to South Pacific for awhile now.

New Countries (9): Algeria, Monaco, Ethiopia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa
New Airports (17): MSP, MAD, ALG, FOC, MRS, NCE, GVA, ADD, RIX, MSQ, KBP, AKL, TBU, NAN, APW, AKJ, ASJ
New Airlines (6): Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Air Baltic, Belavia, Ukraine International Airlines, Fiji Airways
New Planes (1): Bombardier CS100

Shortest Flight: HKG-CAN, 84 Miles, Touristic flight at FL160 over the Pearl River Delta
Longest Flight: HKG-DFW - 8123 Miles, this flight has been there every year since AA started it

Total Airports: 54
Total Flights: 133
Total Miles: 283,367 Miles

Looking forward to more "Golden Tickets" in 2018

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Old Dec 26, 17, 6:07 am
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Posts: 8,795
Total Airports: 27
Total Flights: 61
Total Miles: 98,999

New Countries (5): France, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, UAE
New Airports (7): BNA, SIN, DXB, CPT, HND, NRT, CDG
New Airlines (2): Emirates, Cathay Pacific

Shortest Flight: LAX-SAN 109mi
Longest Flight: DXB-LAX 8,336mi

I'm writing this with my 12 week old son asleep on my chest thinking "where did this year go!?" Happy New Years all!
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Old Dec 26, 17, 7:19 am
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Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 485
Total Airports: 19
Total Flights: 83
Total Miles: 121,980

New Countries (0): None
New Airports (3): TXL, AUH, KUL
New Airlines (2): Etihad, Malaysia

Shortest Flight: JFK-BOS
Longest Flight: KUL-LHR
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Old Dec 26, 17, 8:35 am
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Join Date: Jan 2017
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Total Airports (9)
New Airports (5) :
LAS, OAK, SFO, BKK, CAI
Total Flights (9)

New Countries (2) :
Thailand, Egypt
New Airlines (2) : Spirit, EgyptAir

Shortest Flight: YYZ-DUL 622 km
Longest Flight: LHR-BKK 10 105 km

Best hotel: Park Hyatt Bangkok
Best flight: DUL-LHR in United Economy. Free-flowing beer & wine, gelato and bottled water, and a friendly, eager crew.

Biggest Surprise: That Spirit's Big Front Seat might be the greatest bargain in aviation.

Biggest confirmations: That Las Vegas isn't for me. That fall is the rainy season in Bangkok.

Most troubling moment:
Being asked for a tip by the guy putting my hand luggage through the scanner at CAI.

Proof someone loves me: 4 consecutive intercontinental redeye flights in economy with no seatmate.

Biggest status achievement which will not impress FTers: Hyatt Discoverist.

Best memory: Watching Egypt qualify for the World Cup at the Meridien CAI with hundreds of excited Egyptians.

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Old Dec 26, 17, 9:02 am
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Old Dec 26, 17, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by Short hair Francis View Post

New Countries (9): Algeria, Monaco, Ethiopia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa
New Airports (17): MSP, MAD, ALG, FOC, MRS, NCE, GVA, ADD, RIX, MSQ, KBP, AKL, TBU, NAN, APW, AKJ, ASJ
New Airlines (6): Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Air Baltic, Belavia, Ukraine International Airlines, Fiji Airways
New Planes (1): Bombardier CS100

Shortest Flight: HKG-CAN, 84 Miles, Touristic flight at FL160 over the Pearl River Delta
Longest Flight: HKG-DFW - 8123 Miles, this flight has been there every year since AA started it

Total Airports: 54
Total Flights: 133
Total Miles: 238367 Miles
WOW... just WOW!
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Old Dec 26, 17, 3:12 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: DEN
Programs: WN A-List Preferred, DL Silver, National EC Executive, Hyatt Explorist, Marriott Gold, Hilton Gold
Posts: 1
Total Airports: 22
Total Flights: 62
Total Miles: 39,567

New Countries (0): None
New Airports (6): BWI, ELP, GRR, TPA, PVR, SOW
New Airlines (1): Boutique Air

Shortest Flight: PHX-SOW, 129mi, Boutique Air
Longest Flight: BWI-PHX, 1,999mi, Southwest

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Old Dec 26, 17, 4:26 pm
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Total Airports: 32
Total Flights: 73
Total Miles: 96,756

New Countries (8): Oman, Indonesia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Lithuania, Ukraine,
New Airports (9): MCT, ISP, CGK, DXB, RUH, BAH, DOH, COS, BGR
New Airlines (4): Oman Air, Gulf Air, Thai Lion, CityJet,
New Aircraft Type: (2): Sukhoi SSJ (CityJet BRU-PRG), Boeing 787-9 (Oman Air BKK-MCT)
Shortest Flight: 117 km, 0:18 h, Colorado Springs - Denver
Longest Flight: 6,850 km, 8:57 h, Munich (Franz Josef Strauss) - Washington (Dulles)
Best memory: Getting engaged inflight WAW-RZE (LOT DHC-8 in special colors) As a gift from the crew we've got bottle of champagne, announcement on the PA system, lots of cheers from the passengers and photos at the destination airport That's what the AvGeeks do

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Old Dec 26, 17, 8:47 pm
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Summary: 42 flights covering 147998km

New Countries: Morocco, Malta

New Airports: Casablanca, Dunhuang, Wuyishan, Tuanxi, Malta, Vienna, Doha (new airport)

New Airlines: Air India (HKG-KIX), Air Malta (MLA-MUC)

Best flight experience: Empty A350 flight on QR from HKG-DOH. Lie-flat beds for Y!

Worst flight experience: Cancelled Air Berlin flight and being stranded in Abu Dhabi for 2 extra days trying to find a way out. Fingers pointing despite an EY ticket that the operating carrier (insolvent) would never pay up EU261.

Shortest Flight: MF HKG-WUS

Longest Flight: AC HKG-YVR
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Old Dec 26, 17, 11:11 pm
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New Countries: Canada, Costa Rica

New Airports: CTA, FCA, JFK, PMO, SJO, YYC

New Airlines: Alitalia

Shortest Flight: BNA to ATL (39 minutes)

Longest Flight: ATL to FCO (5035 miles)

Best airplane related restaurant: El Avion (Costa Rica)

Best flight experience: FCO to JFK
We had one of the most delightful and funny flight attendants ever on our Delta flight.

Worst flight experience: SJO to ATL
I decided to try Delta Comfort seats for this leg of the flight. I was stuck in the middle, and the man sitting on the aisle WOULD NOT MOVE even after I asked him to please let me by to use the restroom. I nearly had to give him a lap dance just to reach the aisle. It was either that or crawl over the heads of the people in the row ahead of us. I decided not to inflict my misery on them. I may or may not have stepped all over his feet as I made my way to the aisle and then back to my seat on the return leg of the journey.
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Old Dec 27, 17, 1:12 am
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Join Date: Jul 2015
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Posts: 1,540
Total airports: 17
Total flights: 29
Total miles: 59,927

New countries (6): Australia, Singapore, China (Hong Kong), Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal
New airports (8): LAX, MEL, SIN, HKG, PIT, MDW, LIS, OPO
New airlines (4): Qantas, Scoot, Cathay Pacific, TAP Portugal
New aircraft (3): A380, ERJ145, ATR 42

Shortest flight: OPO-LIS, 172 miles
Longest flight: LAX-MEL, 7927 miles

Best flight experience: HKG-LAX in CX J, my second-ever flight in a lie-flat (after my first on SIN-HKG a couple of days earlier). The seat was lovely, the IFE had the entire first season of Atlanta, and the cabin service manager was excellent.
Worst flight experience: MDW-PDX on WN. After a 3.5-hour delay, I boarded in the B group and managed to grab a window seat not far forward of the exit rows... and when the middle next to me was filled, it was a by a guy who definitely wasn't wearing deodorant. Thankfully I managed to sleep most of the flight, but while doing so I must have kneed my glasses hanging from the seatback pocket, because somehow my frames broke, and I wound up having to get a new pair.
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Old Dec 27, 17, 6:22 am
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2017 was relatively quiet:

65 flights, 50,676 miles flown
37 business class, 22 economy class, 3 first class, 3 private

Top 5 airlines (oneworld only):
  • BA (36x)
  • AY (11x)
  • AA (5x)
  • QR (4x)
  • MH (2x)
Top 5 airports:
  • LHR (37x)
  • ZRH (18x)
  • BSL (14x)
  • HEL (11x)
  • TLL (8x)
Top 5 routes:
  • LHR-ZRH (6x)
  • BSL-LHR (5x)
  • LHR-BSL (5x)
  • ZRH-LHR (4x)
  • HEL-LHR (3x)
Countries visited:

England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Finland, Estonia, Spain, USA, Malaysia, France

Longest flight: ORD-MAN (3827mi)
Shortest flight: TLL-HEL vv. (63mi)

Nights spent in hotels: 64

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Old Dec 27, 17, 8:28 am
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Join Date: Jun 2004
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Programs: AA Exp, One World Emerald
Posts: 108
New Countries: Australia, Malta, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Jordan

Revisited Countries: Germany, France, Italy, Canada

New Airports: MEL, SYD, MLA, ARN, OSL, SXF, TLV, AMM, HNL, MXP

New Airlines: Norwegian, Air Malta, Qantas, Royal Jordanian

Shortest Flight: AMM to TLV (69 miles / 30 minutes)

Longest Flight: LAX to SYD (7488 miles)

Best flight experience: RJ ORD to AMM (and return) in business. Great cabin on the 787, stellar service and great tasting food

Best Memories:

1. Day trip out of Melbourne to Great Ocean Road

2. Visiting Petra

3. St George’s Festival in Ragusa Sicily

4. Hiking in the hills above Cinque Terre
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Old Dec 27, 17, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by somemale View Post
WOW... just WOW!
Actually, I made a typo.

Should be 283K and not 238K Miles
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