Well, it’s THAT time again! Time to gather up my stuff, pack up my old kit bag and hit the road – so to speak. I am off again for more “fun in the sun”. Once again, I tried to get a ticket on Emirates but they are still way overpriced in comparison to other airlines. Emirates is still asking for $8,500 USD for a round-trip business class seat!! Qatar Airways, which now operates a non-stop flight from Houston to Doha, is also considerably overpriced ($7,000 USD). Given the depressed US economy, the low, low oil prices and the need to cut costs within our company, I must choose my itinerary carefully and can only select from a list of ‘approved’ airlines (i.e., the cheaper the better!!). The airline I had to choose – once again – is good ‘ol Lufthansa which is charging my company $5,000 USD. A relative ‘bargain’ in comparison to Emirates and Qatar Airways! Too bad … I would have loved to try a different flight routing! Ah well, such is life!
I am packed, I got my sunscreen, wide brimmed hat, sun glasses, light weight clothing – all the essential items anyone needs for a visit to the summer-time desert climate of the Middle East. And of course I have printed out copies of my travel itinerary. Used to be I had to also carry along the actual plane tickets but I haven’t used paper tickets anymore for the last few years! Everything is now electronic (except for when I had to have a paper ticket for a flight to Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia in 2007). Has anyone had to use paper tickets recently??
Wish me luck and a pleasant flight! I shall check in with everyone at some point once I am settled in and rested ….
Some good news: I managed to snag an upgrade to FIRST CLASS using some of my United Airlines frequent flyer miles. Having a large seat in first class sure helped with the overnight portion of my journey … although as usual I could not manage to sleep on board the flight.
PS: Before concluding this posting, I couldn’t resist taking this photo of a giant saxophone outside the front entrance of a now closed and bankrupt Houston restaurant near Richmond Ave. and Fondren Rd.