I’m posting from a nice comfy couch at the Continental Presidents club in Newark, where it’s T-90 minutes until our flight to Israel.
The main Presidents club in Concourse C here is very nice and roomy, and is 2nd only to the expansive 3 floor lounge in Houston terminal E.
I realized that I may have some issues upon entering the Presidents club when I saw that I had 4 potential ways to enter the club for free: My Amex Plat charge card, my Presidential Plus Mastercard, my lifetime PC membership, and my BusinessFirst boarding passes…
It’s hard to explain the exact appeal of the club to someone who’s never visited one, but it definitely improves the entire travel experience. This morning I had breakfast (Honey nut chex, bananas, and a granola bar) at the Cleveland lounge and now I’m filling up my water bottles with ice cold water for my flight. Wi-Fi and Alcoholic drinks are all complementary.
The showers here are nothing spectacular but are very nice to have after a long trip. The shower attendant will even press your clothes and give you a BusinessFirst amenity kit regardless of whether you are flying or not just for the asking!
For those who were asked from my last trip report, on my Airtran flight Skype and Gizmo5 were not blocked, however after placing a call it was only clear for the first 5 seconds, after that all that was heard was digital musical notes. Go-Go is definitely using some sort of blocking system so as to not allow VOIP. In addition the system only works when you get above 10,000 feet, it won’t work at the gate.
Here’s my trip outline:
-Renting a Mazda 3 from Budget for 2 weeks for $240 with a corporate rate.
08/24: Continental 84 EWR-TLV: BusinessFirst class.
08/25-08/28: Holiday Inn Tiberias (Normally $250/night, paid $30 a night-more on that in the next report1)
08/28-08/30: TBD. (Kfar Chabad or Jerusalem)
08/30-09/01: Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem (Normally $300/night, paid 5,000 SPG/night)
09/01-09/07: King Solomon, Jerusalem
09/07: Delta 153 TLV-ATL: BusinessElite class lie-flat seats on the new 777-LR aircraft.
Yikes-Time to head to the gate for the secondary TLV screening…catch ya from the holy land!