The circle was completed by a final flight back to LAX direct from Boston. My upgrade cleared well in advance through use of an expiring SWU (as this was 'back in the days' when we got 8, and by February some would be in jeopardy of evaporating into thin air unused), so I didn't have to go from one of the nicest seats in the Oneworld fleet, to row 15 on an aging 737.
|Let's take it home!|
My layover in Boston was spent saying goodbye to my travel companion as he headed off to his much shorter flight back to DCA, showering at the Admiral's Club, and trying to do a little writing to collect my thoughts. It was a whirlwind trip to say the least, and I'm still amused and amazed that it all worked out as well as it did.
I arrived late into LAX, and checked into the LAX Westin hotel for the night so I didn't wake up my family by blundering in half jetlagged and dragging my suitcase at 1am, and could instead get off to work in the morning with less drive time.
Looking back, this trip was easily one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, mileage run to date. It was exhausting at times, but good company, wonderful layover cities, and the story to tell about making the complete round the Earth flightpath in a long weekend is hard to beat. It checked all the boxes- luxury, challenge, hilarity, camaraderie, and of course, a huge haul of miles.
Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me in reading this as I got it posted, and if you want to continue following this year's insanity, be sure to read about Havana Running, and of course the companion trip to this one- Yes, This Is Real Life, where I answer the existential question of how to mileage run to Cairo, when you can't fly to Cairo.
As it stands, I'm actually coming up on my 100,000th mile very soon, which is much earlier than past years. I should cross that milestone (get it...get it??) on our upcoming family trip to Europe! Irony (or considering this year's flying, perfect fit) I'll get there on a Finnair flight from Helsinki to Copenhagen. Look for a preview post about this mileage burn (not earn- this is where all those miles go in the end) trip both here, and also on Baby Flyer Blog.
Thanks again for reading. Fly well, fly safely,
|This is what one looks like after going around the world in 80 hours. Midnight at LAX, yes, those might be QR PJs.|