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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2140 on: November 02, 2016, 07:34:25 PM »
Is probably still do 2

Yeah, that's what I currently have.  Also less risk re: POM.
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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2141 on: November 02, 2016, 07:47:05 PM »
2.

And if you weren't sure: 2.

And if you are still thinking about it and going back and forth: 2.

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2142 on: November 02, 2016, 08:07:21 PM »
I'd also go for 2

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2143 on: November 02, 2016, 08:11:29 PM »
I'll be that guy...  1.

IAD is probably a PITA for you, but the EY 789 is pretty nice, and F.  Also, you don't specify how long in AUH, but I much prefer a stop in the UAE over DOH.

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2144 on: November 02, 2016, 08:34:15 PM »
I'll be that guy...  1.

IAD is probably a PITA for you, but the EY 789 is pretty nice, and F.  Also, you don't specify how long in AUH, but I much prefer a stop in the UAE over DOH.

Stopover would be from 7 PM to 9 AM.
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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2145 on: November 02, 2016, 09:17:28 PM »
Stopover would be from 7 PM to 9 AM.

Boo.  I'm on board with 2.

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2146 on: November 02, 2016, 09:30:51 PM »
Thanks for the input, guys. We'll stick with what we have and book Grand Executive Suite at GH DOH.
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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2147 on: November 03, 2016, 05:04:42 AM »
2
Dont give up a full day at the nicest place on earth for a better seat

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2148 on: November 03, 2016, 09:40:30 AM »
Latest edition of WWYD:

Option 1: IAD-AUH-MLE in EY 787 F/J (overnight in AUH, arrive MLE 3 PM) (pro: EY F 787, con: "late" arrival in MLE)

Option 2: JFK-DOH-MLE in QR A350 J/J (spend from 7am-2am in DOH, arrive MLE 9AM) (pro: get into MLE earlier, get to tour new city, con: long layover, but we'd get hotel)

Option 3: JFK-DOH-AUH-MLE in QR A350 + Al Safwa (overnight in AUH, arrive MLE 3 PM) (pro: Al Safwa, tour new city, con: "late" arrival in MLE)

Keep in mind, I'll have a cooler full of POM meals...

WWYD?

I'm assuming your leaving from  NY, how would the routing be from NY > IAD? AA does not have non stop service from NY > IAD and going via a connection to IAD could be risky in Jan Feb due to weather flight cancelations.

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2149 on: December 15, 2016, 02:06:37 PM »
So, MLE didn't work out, so I just held this.

Outbound:



JFK-AUH in A380 Apt
AUH-MLE in A330 First (they change from a 2-cabin without F to a 3-cabin with F in the busy winter months)

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MLE-HKG in CX J
HKG-JFK in CX F


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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2150 on: December 15, 2016, 02:13:05 PM »
How much did that flight cost you?
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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2151 on: December 15, 2016, 02:22:38 PM »
It's worth only spending 1 night at the PH and paying for another (cash) flight to the St. Regis?

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2152 on: December 15, 2016, 02:24:58 PM »
How much did that flight cost you?

Will update when I know cost.

It's worth only spending 1 night at the PH and paying for another (cash) flight to the St. Regis?

Not sure what you're asking, but I arrive in AUH at 12:00 PM and the flight to MLE leaves AUH the following morning, so I need somewhere to sleep.
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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2153 on: December 15, 2016, 02:26:32 PM »
Will update when I know cost.

Not sure what you're asking, but I arrive in AUH at 12:00 PM and the flight to MLE leaves AUH the following morning, so I need somewhere to sleep.
Whoops, I misread where the PH was. :-[

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2154 on: December 15, 2016, 02:27:52 PM »



Hotels:

Park Hyatt AUH in Suite for 1 night
St. Regis MLE in OWB for 5 nights

Why PH in AUH over either SR?  Cost?

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2155 on: December 15, 2016, 02:44:38 PM »
Why PH in AUH over either SR?  Cost?
Guaranteed suite. Like PHs generally. Service is repeatedly sub par at SR, especially when compared to the PH.
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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2156 on: December 15, 2016, 03:18:24 PM »
Guaranteed suite. Like PHs generally. Service is repeatedly sub par at SR, especially when compared to the PH.

That's fair.  The SR Abu Dhabi is the best value of any hotel I've ever stayed at.  12k.

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2157 on: December 15, 2016, 03:30:22 PM »
That's fair.  The SR Abu Dhabi is the best value of any hotel I've ever stayed at.  12k.

How so?
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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2158 on: December 15, 2016, 03:38:02 PM »
It's easily in the top 5 nicest hotels I've stayed at, in terms of facilities (absolutely gorgeous, direct beach access, butler obviously, room size, etc.), accommodations (really early check-in and really late check-out), and just overall felt like 12k was a steal.

If it's not significantly cheaper than the PH I wouldn't worry about it.  All AUH hotels are stunning.

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Re: AJK's Trip/Route Planning Thread
« Reply #2159 on: December 15, 2016, 03:40:22 PM »
It's easily in the top 5 nicest hotels I've stayed at, in terms of facilities (absolutely gorgeous, direct beach access, butler obviously, room size, etc.), accommodations (really early check-in and really late check-out), and just overall felt like 12k was a steal.

If it's not significantly cheaper than the PH I wouldn't worry about it.  All AUH hotels are stunning.

Upgrades and service at the ST are reportedly difficult and poor, respectively.  Did you get upgraded? How did you find the service?

Also, for us, it's a quick 20 hour stay.
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