The trip home

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 17, 2013

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

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I checked out of my hotel, lugged my bags to the Keisei Ueno Station and caught a train to the airport.  The person checking me in mentioned that it said on my boarding pass that I had Star Alliance Gold status.  I have no idea why.  On my way to the gate I noticed a United club.  I asked at the door if the Gold status meant I was allowed in.  To my surprise, the answer was yes.  I went in to kill the two or three hours until my flight boarded.  They had some food but not much that was vegetarian.  They did have some booze so I had some Campari.

The flight arrived in Seattle on time.  I had to get my bags to go through customs, which is a bit of a hassle but it went a lot more smoothly than it had in Shanghai earlier in this trip.  I had to check in and re-check my bags.  This time my boarding pass didn't say anything about Gold status.  Oh, well.  I went to the gate and killed a couple hours until my flight.

They offered $400 to take a later flight.  I went to talk to them about the offer.  The later flight would have been about eight hours later.  I had already been up for about 10 hours in Tokyo before my flight, gotten on a plane for nine hours and then waited for three hours for my connecting flight so I was pretty tired so I decided not to take their offer.  I'm told they raised it to $600 after I had boarded the plane.  I might have gone for that.

After another uneventful flight I arrived at Washington-Dulles, got my bags and took a taxi home. 

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