Up in the Air: My Travel Schedule Next Week

Ugh… My travel schedule next week is brutal. A few weeks back I wrote about how working in Hawaii isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Alas, I’ve got to head back there next week, which was a little sooner than I expected. This time I need to visit three islands over the course of three days. Of course that’s on top of 6+ hours in flight to get there.

My Itinerary

This is sub-optimal to say the least:

My Travel Schedule Next Week

Yep, that’s five flights in around four days. The cherry on top is the red-eye home from Kona to Phoenix. That’s going to be rough. It’s probably the first time I’ve really felt like George Clooney in Up in the Air. And that’s not a good thing. I know there’s some hardcore frequent flyers out there, but I’m not one of them. I prefer to be at home, and travel for pleasure, not work. Especially when actually flying doesn’t earn that many miles anymore.

The Seat Situation

American Airlines, sometimes I really hate you. When I book these flights it’s typically within a week of departure. As a result, it’s always a mixed bag on what type of seating is offered. Whenever available, I purchases a MCE aisle seat. Unfortunately that’s not always a given. This time, there’s no decent MCE, and American decided they’re going to charge for anything that’s not a middle seat:

Yes, according to Doug Parker and his team, seat 32B is “preferred” seating and commands a $54 one way premium. Haha, ok then… I’ll wait this one out and hope for an aisle at check-in. Props for doing your best Spirit Airlines impression AA.

Bottom Line

The only silver lining (besides weather & ramen) is that I’ll be in the same hotel for three nights. That makes things a little less hectic since I can have a “home base” of sorts in Honolulu. I’ll once again be staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Waikiki. I’ve found this property to be the most affordable business hotel in the area. Furthermore, I’ll hit tier two of the 2018 IHG Accelerate challenge, so that will be a nice 7,000 point bonus for my stay. Anyway, I’ll be posting when possible. In the interim, it’s time to load up on vitamin C and pray I don’t get sick with all that travel!

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