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JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« on: February 18, 2015, 09:44:22 PM »
I'm not good at writing up trip reports, but I still want to show (off) some pictures of recent trips and what the costs were.

Iíll divide each trip in a separate post.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2015, 11:08:20 PM by JoeCha »
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2015, 09:44:35 PM »
First up:

Colorado 2012

Flights:
LGA-DEN UA Y
DEN-EGE UA Y
EGE-DEN UA Y
DEN-EWR UA Y

Hotel:
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Cost:
25k UA
4 Hyatt credit card certs


I want to comment about the United Club in DEN:
It's a simple standard UA lounge, but what made me not forget about it till today is the staff. No kidding.
There's one middle-aged, terribly-shaped, scary-looking women working there who made our two lounge stays an unforgettable experience.

We arrived in DEN UA East Club hungry after a 4 hour no meal flight. My wife prepared a few sandwiches to eat, but before even getting the second bite that lady noticed us eating, she came over to us with an unapologetic tone informing us that we can not eat our own food in the lounge.
It didn't help explaining her we're from NY and we still have a few hours till our next flight and we can only eat kosher.

I'm not saying what I did was appropriate, but when she left we started eating again. And guess what, she came back again warning us not to eat.
I noticed her peeking from the sides like a spy making sure we don't eat... for two hours (!) we played cat & mouse...
After two hours she managed to see us eating. She called in a lounge manager for backup.

The manager didn't seem to really care, she just told us with a smile that per the lounge rules we should only eat the in-house food and left.
But that other lady just didn't stop coming back warning and harassing us again and again until we left for boarding!

On the return flight we decided to use the west club instead so we can avoid her. Anyone who's been to DEN knows what a long walk this is.  But lo and behold, after a few minutes she showed up! (apparently she 'serves' both lounges).
She immediately noticed her trouble makers. We made eye contact, and boy was that scary.

After trying a few bites I decided it's just not worth the hassle and left my sandwich for our flight home.

The most ridiculous lounge experience I ever had.


Descending into EGE:






EGE Airport after landing:






Park Hyatt Beaver Creek














Chair-lift in back of hotel:






Hot air balloon:

There were two balloons flying some are pictures I took of the other balloon and some are from a (company) photographer who was down there and gave (sold) us the pictures when we landed.



























Driving on the highway:








Next up: Germany - Israel - SQ Suites - FCT FRA
« Last Edit: February 18, 2015, 10:51:36 PM by JoeCha »
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2015, 09:57:36 PM »
Wow, such an interesting DEN story too.

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2015, 10:32:38 PM »
Nice pics.

FT has a name for those lounge agents, they're called dragons.
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2015, 10:41:02 PM »

Great stuff. Keep it coming!

Flights:
EWR-DEN UA Y
Are you sure you didn't depart LGA?

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2015, 10:50:49 PM »
Great stuff. Keep it coming!
Are you sure you didn't depart LGA?

You're right. How'd you know?
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2015, 10:53:45 PM »
You're right. How'd you know?
How could I miss your first departing airport

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2015, 10:56:37 PM »
Great pics. Which camera did you use ? Are those storm clouds in the last 2 photos or just a darkened window ?

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2015, 11:01:48 PM »
Great pics. Which camera did you use ?
Canon Rebel T3i DSLR

Are those storm clouds in the last 2 photos or just a darkened window ?
Honestly I don't remember.
Either that or maybe because my photos are stored on G+ and they applied some awesomeness to it.
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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2015, 10:39:23 AM »
Keep em coming!

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2015, 11:05:51 AM »
Amazing stuff!

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2015, 11:10:12 AM »
Amazing pics!

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2015, 11:44:48 AM »
Great pics, thanks! (and crazy story- she could probably be a mashgiach somewhere with her diligence :P)

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2015, 11:48:41 AM »
(and crazy story- she could probably be a mashgiach somewhere with her diligence :P)
Perfect. http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1343.msg1069445#msg1069445

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Re: JoeCha's Photo Bucket
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2015, 12:40:58 PM »
Great pics! Went to Beaver Creek, CO in 2012 & had a fantastic summer experience.