Always check in for your flight early.
Having finally got our passports Tuesday afternoon we knew we would definitely be on our way to the States on Wednesday night. Sean, bless him, had two upgrade passes which we decided to cash in on this flight. Because the firm had booked us Premium Economy seats this meant we would be going Business Class – IF we were lucky! Check in was 5.45pm but because we had checked out of the hotel at 12noon we decided to get to the airport early and spend some time relaxing in the Koru Lounge – no, I was definitely not going near the orange juice!
As we checked in we were confirmed the upgrade, the staff member saying that there were only two seats available in Business Class and 18 people on the waiting list for them!! Lucky us – yahoo. Timing is everything. After 7 days in Auckland, 3 hotels, loads of walking, and time spent waiting and wondering, this was awesome news. We will arrive in Seattle via San Francisco 2 ½ weeks later than planned. Not to worry – that’s the way things sometimes go and as I learned the other day ranting and raving doesn’t always produce results any faster.
So ciao for now beautiful New Zealand, see you in 6 months. There are a few things I plan to do during my stay in Seattle – learn a language, take a course in photography, research how to write a blog and do lots of walking. No doubt I may be forced into shopping in my down time – required to lift the soul when missing my gorgeous boys (that’ll be quite often I imagine)!
Photo: Auckland Skytower – sky walker trusting their tether