Hello from the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Istanbul–I’ve still got 21 hours of flying ahead of me today and tomorrow, but the end is in sight. I like to get a jump start on status requalification each year and 2012 was no exception. Although I did mix some award travel into my busy itinerary this week, I’ll be well on my way to 100K after flying a total of 32,795 miles this week.
And it wasn’t just about racking up miles–I spent quality time with friends in Germany, stepped into North Korea, and sampled first class for the first time on Lufthansa’s A380. I enjoyed a wonderful day in Thai Airway’s Royal First Lounge and Royal Orchid Spa in Bangkok and sampled a new carrier–Air China–that impressed me very much. Throw in a couple good flights on United and Turkish, and it has been one exhausting but satisfying week.
Next week won’t be so busy–only about 6,000 miles of flying!