Upcoming: Transatlantic travels, 36 hours and 10,500 miles over 3 continents!

So the much needed vacation is coming closer to take off date. End of this week, I fly over to the United States for a 3 week holiday, which will also give me a lot of time to post on topics I have on my mind. I am taking Jet Airways Premiere to travel to JFK via BRU (2 hours layover) and after a brief layover on Delta to Seattle (SEA) via Cincinnati(CVG), in Coach (yeah!).

I have been on 9W to BRU several times from India, using it as an alternative to go to AMS on Delta. The experience has been good, in Coach as well as in their Business class (Premiere). The hard product and the soft product are very good overall. That is reason enough for me not to get experimental while on business and use the same carrier over and over again!

So after an expectedly good travel experience in 9W, I will be subject to Delta for 6-7 hours. Delta, well, I’ve been on their coach for BOM-AMS once, and I refused to go on that again due to the appalling nature of their inflight crew. As fate would have it, when I had to book an internal trip in the States (JFK-SEA-JFK), I wanted to maximise the little benefits I would have as being a Skyteam Elite+, so Delta was the only option. I recently ran out of Star Alliance Gold and hence US Airways and United/Continental were out. The only foreseeable benefit I see is I get to check-in 2 bags free. However, thanks to the much-talked about Delta IT team, my Elite+ status is still not showing up on my ticket. The only answer I could get from the DeltaAssist team on Twitter (@DeltaAssist) was that once I check-in the status would show up. They contacted FB also, apparently. I’ve heard good things about DeltaAssist on Twitter. Too bad they have not been able to fix my ticketing issues yet!

This is how the trip-plan looks now, both ways. That is a cool 21,000 miles added to the travel log for the year!




Look out for the details of the trip coming up shortly!!

About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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