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I’m starting a new #WeekendWarrior Series.
I wrote a post last week about tearing down the preconceived notion that you NEED tons of time to take a trip. I figured I needed to practice not just preach this sentiment so I’m planning at least 2 more short trips to far off destinations. The first of these is looking to be Shanghai. While I’ve been to China, Beijing earlier in the year as part of my Mom’s $125k Surprise 75th Birthday Trip around the World, I’ve never been to Shanghai and I’m dead stoked about it. I’ll also be doing it with one of my best friends in the world, Dave, whom you may have seen in other posts. Are we crazy to take a weekend trip to Shanghai? I think not. It’ll be an adrenaline fueled fun fest filled with lie-flat seats and 5 star suites. Mostly on Points of course 😉
We’re looking to do Thursday – Sunday/Monday. I’m lucky to have 2 System Wide Upgrades left.
- You don’t want to go that far in coach.
There is a lot of SWU space confirmable at the time of booking. Depending on the day, some direct, some with layovers.
The plan is to buy one way tickets either to Shanghai or back. You’d be shocked at how cheap one ways are selling for in and out of LA, Chicago, or Dallas. We’re talking <$500. You can search Travelocity here if you’d like.
While I haven’t flown AA’s 787 personally, I have flown in the the same seat, which is their first 777-200 retro-fit.
I enjoyed it on my flight from London to Chicago last year and didn’t have any of the complaints that many did with the seat.
We need to find a ride over and back. As well as accomodations.
I’ll be honest. I’d love to fly Korean’s First Class – either of them. Old or New. 80k points to Shanghai via Seoul ( maybe even a night stopover) would be incred. While I may be in the minority of bloggers that may be concerned with flying through Seoul…I am. So we are just waiting and seeing.
I’m also monitoring China Eastern First Class space. The cabin looks AMAZING and I could use Korean Air points for it as well.
We’re thinking of staying at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai ( in the featured image – courtesy of Hyatt.com)
You remember Dave, right? I mean…we are going to have a killer time.
This picture his first long haul, lie-flat flight. As you can tell – we had an INCREDIBLE flight. Etihad Business Studio. I don’t think anything ever quite compares to your first time, and what a great first! I love the fact that this pictures ranks on Google when you search “business studio.” HAHAHA!
We will be loading up Insta with photos and stories so make sure to follow.
I’ll be launching a new YouTube channel soon, but this is the easiest way to see quick shots of cool products and deals.
Dave has a much more strict work schedule than I do. So it’ll be interesting to see his thoughts on such a far trip. We both earned a ton of points with Ink Biz Preferred – 80k . If you don’t have one I’d seriously consider it as it will fund at least one way of our trip. I’ll get 20k as a referral which is greatly appreciated.
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