More thoughts/trip notes from 31,000 feet in the sky…thanks for the free wi-fi Airtran and gogo!
-This was my 5th trip to NYC this year of 1 night or less…which is fine because that’s about when my NYC tolerance level runs out. (My trip back to NYC next week will actually be for a weekend-2 whole nights!)
-I’m flying in business class. Airtran gave myself, my wife, and my mother comp upgrades due to my elite status! The business class really is quite nice for an LCC. Lots of legroom, wide leather seats, tons of great free drinks and even non-alcoholic drinks like Fuze, Smartwater, Vitamin water, etc. And the flight attendant has already refilled my Fresca three times without asking! There is also a free snack basket that has T.G.I. Friday salt and cracked pepper chips under OK parve supervision that I’ve never seen sold in any stores.
-Avis hooked me up with a nice Caddy for the trip…at $30/day, market rates for gas, and valet return service it’s hard to go wrong! Gotta love Avis Chairman status!
-Clubhouse Cafe on 46th street in the city is simply awesome. The fries are crisp to perfection. The Brazilian drinks are great as well. Their Caipirinha (pronounced Ca’eye-pa-rinya) is great! My recommendation? An off the menu option that’s popular in Brazil, A Caipirinha de Maracujá, or Caipirinha made with passion fruit. It might be an acquired taste after a year in Brazil, but it tasted great to me. Plus when I go there I get to brush up on my Portuguese with all of the Brazilian employees…
-I used my free Diamond Hyatt Place night in Secaucus, NJ. Typical great Hyatt Place! Every room is a mini-suite with a pull-out couch, semi-room divider, 42″ LCD, emtpy fridge, nice work desk, free wi-fi, and a great free breakfast with Tazo teas, Seattle’s best coffee, Quaker oatmeal, cereal boxes, fruit, etc. It’s not too far away, and there’s some great shopping nearby. The rumor mill is that there will soon be some more Hyatt Place properties in Manhattan.
-I was able to use the United Red Carpet Club (RCC) in LGA for the first time thanks to Continental’s switch to the Star Alliance. Here’s a quick comparison.
Pros: It’s much newer and way nicer looking than the dreary Continental President’s Club (PC) in LGA (easily the worst looking PC I’ve ever been in, but then again LGA has some of the worst terminals that I’ve ever been in so it still beats that). There are also self-service cans of soda available, which is better than having to ask for soda from the bartender at the PC
Cons: The RCC charge $$$ for all alcoholic drinks (Free in PC’s). They do not allow you to take newspapers/magazines from the club like the PC does. Their is no ice water dispenser like that have in PC’s, you must request water from the bar. There were no kosher snacks besides for apples. (PC’s will often have granola bars, chips, bananas, apples, and cereal boxes. They even had matzah and other kosher snacks on Passover!)
So the RCC has much better facilities but worse services…tough choice!
Ding…they want me to turn off my computer, the FA just announced to please put our seats up to the upright and most uncomfortable position…how true it that! I better just publish this before the wi-fi gets turned off…
Hope you enjoyed this mini-trip report!