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Dubai with Maxmiles
« on: June 04, 2017, 03:57:33 PM »
PART 1

I decided to go to a trade show in Dubai for a couple of days. The couple of days turned into a week when my wife said that she would like to go, so we decided to make a vacation out of it.

For my flights I would fly in Ethiad F with 115k American miles and my wife would fly in Buisness for 70k American miles (only one F avail) from JFK-ABU and return a week later on Emirates in Business class as there was no F available. I booked my flight on Emirates with 80k Alaskan miles thanks to the Jetblue- Virgin promo from last year. As for the Mrs I transferred 50k Starwood to JAL (63k JAL miles).

For the hotels we would stay in Abu Dhabi  for 2 nights at the St Regis Saadayit Island for $250 a night. Then drive to Dubai where I would stay for Friday night at the Burj (much debating went into this). With the final 3 nights at the Ritz for $280 a night (rate went up to $450 a few days later).

For food we ordered about 25 Pom meals as well as some home cooked food that my wife brought.

The day finally came and we were all set to go to JFK. Check in was a breeze and we decided to check out the lounge for a few minutes. The lounge is nice and not crowded but was nothing special. After 15 minutes the hostess came to tell us that our flight was boarding. We walked over to gate A7 and went straight to our seats.

EY Flight F A380
Wow, the Etihad videos and pictures don’t do the apartments justice. The rooms were huge! I honestly didn’t feel like I was on a plane the entire time. The stewardess came over and showed us every nook and cranny in the room. There is an ottoman couch that turns into a bed as well as a vanity mirror with multiple storage locations, not to mention the huge seat that has a slight recline with an option for a small massage. By the door there is a closet to hang your clothes and store your attaché case. The “regular” bathroom is nice and offers some high end creams and soaps, while the shower bathroom is smaller. Then the head chef came to explain the menu, however I had to cut him short and explain that I was the guy that ordered the kosher meal. He then apologized and told me what the kosher meal would consist of and asked me if I needed anything else. I then decided to sit back, relax and watch one of the many movies that were offered (there was a nice selection). After a couple of hours, I headed to the lounge and hung out with my wife for an hour. The lounge is consists of 6 seats in a circular form, was actually very cool.

The stewardess then offered to warm up the dinner which I gladly accepted and back to the apartment I went. The KSM was from Weiss and was inedible. Good thing I stopped by David’s in Brooklyn and picked up some Shish Kebob sandwiches. After dinner the stewardess made up my bed. I was able to watch the Rangers playoff game live via Sports 24 which was very cool (sucks that they lost though). After the game I closed my eyes and slept for about 4 hours. When I woke up I requested the shower. The shower takes about 15 minutes for them to start up. Once its ready you have 5 minutes to use, its pretty decent pressure and the water is warm. The actual bathroom is small and there was just enough space to dry up. As everyone has mentioned, the greatest thing certainly isn’t the shower but the idea of showering up in the air. The flight went by so fast that I just wanted to stay longer! But after 13 hours it was time to get off the plane.

Abu Dabi

After the 20 min cab ride which cost 80 AED (they wouldn’t do the chauffer service since it was an AA ticket) we arrived at the St Regis Saadayat Island. The hotel is massive and beautiful. Originally we were supposed to stay on the 6th floor over the ocean but the room wasn’t ready so I made them switch me to a room that was ready that happened to be on the 2nd floor. View overlooked one of the pools and was just fine. Its pretty spacious for a regular room with the bathroom being huge! Before I had arrived I called the resort and they said they couldn’t heat up the food but would pass along a message to the head chef to call me. Over the phone I explained to chef Malcom that I had “special dietary needs” he said normally they don’t do it for legal reasons but would make an exception. When I arrived chef Malcom came to greet me and asked to see how the food was packed. When I opened up the suitcase, he exclaimed “Oh you are Kosher, this is no problem at all, we do this all the time”. And from there on everything in the hotel was service, service service! I cannot thank chef Malcom enough, he asked me to give him a list of when and what we will want to eat on a daily basis and everything was delivered exactly on time and to perfection.

After checking out the room we went to hang out by the pool/ beach for a few hours. There were 3 different pools that were huge and really nice, the ocean was turquois and warm but we couldn’t get over how salty the ocean was, it reminded me of the dead sea as my scabs were burning up, but it felt great. Everything from the pools to the beach to the ocean were great. As we requested earlier I called the chef to see if they can heat up the fettuccini for us and bring to the pool- when it arrived it was perfect and hit the spot. The drinks by the pool were OK, nothing special 130 AED for 3 drinks.

For dinner we had the Schezuan beef and sesame chicken. The flavor of the beef was unreal, really delicious. The chicken was ok, needed much more sauce. We then contemplated going down to the hooka lounge or the Mall and decided to hit the sack early as we were exhausted.



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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 04:18:56 PM »
Nice start! Looking forward to the rest.
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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 06:55:57 PM »
Nice start! Looking forward to the rest.

+1 I'd love some pics!

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 08:44:14 PM »
+1 I'd love some pics!
Trying to figure that part out lol

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 08:48:42 PM »

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 08:53:00 PM »
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46084.0
Been sorting through that for the past hour lol, should have pics up soon

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 08:53:46 PM »
Been sorting through that for the past hour lol, should have pics up soon
Great! Looking forward

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2017, 08:58:06 PM »
IMG_7804 by Max Miles, on Flickr

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2017, 08:59:00 PM »
IMG_7806 by Max Miles, on Flickr

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2017, 08:59:31 PM »
IMG_7846 by Max Miles, on Flickr

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2017, 09:00:13 PM »
IMG_7848 by Max Miles, on Flickr


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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2017, 09:01:43 PM »
I Snuck into the Residence for a few minutes lol

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2017, 09:58:43 PM »
I watched the Super Bowl on Sport 24 on EK from DXB-SEZ last year. Was really cool!

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Re: Dubai with Maxmiles
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2017, 09:37:22 AM »
Can Etihad the master of all really not get KSM right? I am sure that if you are traveling in First or Business and request before to have something edible they would acquiesce.