We are better than "Y" Class
Trip Start Aug 13, 2009
13Trip End Aug 28, 2009
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Our flight was not until 1:30pm, but Andrea called me around 8:30am with some exciting news—she had called the Intercontinental in Hanoi to confirm our late check-in and they informed her that we had been upgraded to “Club” status that included a better room, access to the club lounge (this includes free breakfast, afternoon tea, and cocktails all of which will be served by butlers) and free Internet. Already off to a good start. (PS, Andrea will find out later that this is a LIE and embarks on an impassioned and ill-fated fight for complimentary services with the hotel staff and managers at midnight after 20 hours of travel.)
Seeing as we are both stereotypical “Marina Girls,” we shied away from public transportation and opted for a taxi
Our flights were smooth and uneventful. The first leg was a 10 hour flight to Tokyo. We watched basically every movie on our personal TVs. This is a bit unnerving considering we have the identical flight home. Seriously, there will be nothing left to watch. In Tokyo, Andrea discovered some fascinating toilets. She told me all about them, but commodes that high-tech seem a little scary…what if they malfunction? I guess they will make noises so that others do not hear your noises and will warm the seat and spread a lovely scent in your stall. Andrea was so enthralled she went back and checked it out again. I believe she has photos. I’m vetoing that we post them.
Next, we flew from Tokyo to our destination in Hanoi, Vietnam. This was a tough flight. It was after midnight Pacific time and we were starting to get really tired. We watched that last of the movies on our TVs…we were really stretching it since now Andrea was watching “Pretty Woman” and I was watching the Discovery Channel. Our goal was to stay awake so that we could sleep when we reached the hotel
Andrea: Basically, after an aforementioned promise of a club level upgrade, there was no mention of it on the hotel system. And, to add insult to injury, we were assigned to a room with a single bed rather than a double. None of this was such a dramatic thing, but after 20 hrs of travel, we had a minor meltdown and insisted that we be put in touch with the international Intercontinental guest services. In the end, we were upgraded to a lovely room with a private balcony overlooking the water, and were more than a little grateful to finally crawl into bed.
That was very diplomatic commentary by Andrea. Don’t be deceived, she is quite a force when set against suspect hotel computer systems.
[Warning: sarcasm included]