Air Canada Executive First Suite Toronto to Istanbul

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We relaxed in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge for about 90 minutes following our tasty Thai lunch in the Toronto suburbs. The only issue we had with the lounge was that the Wifi was very sporadic and unreliable….but at least it was better than in the Ethiopian Airlines Lounge in Addis Ababa (hooray….I guess…eh?)

Anyway, around 3:30 pm, we headed down from the lounge, which was a floor above the main terminal level. It was only a 2-3 minute walk from the lounge to Gate E76, where our flight would be departing from:.

The boarding area was a bit chaotic, as the gate next to ours, E77, was preparing to board a flight at the same time to Frankfurt.

After about 15 minutes, boarding began for our flight. We were among the first to board, and headed to our comfortable Executive First Suites, our home for the next 10 – well, make that 13 – hours: Continue reading Air Canada Executive First Suite Toronto to Istanbul

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto and Exploring Toronto

Intro and Greensboro to ChicagoAir Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto and Exploring TorontoAir Canada Executive First Suite Toronto to Istanbul14 Hours in IstanbulAegean Airlines Business Class Istanbul to AthensHotel Amalia Athens and Exploring Athens (Part 1)Exploring Athens (Part 2)Athens Airport Lounges and Aegean Airlines Athens to SantoriniAnamnesis Luxury Spa Hotel and Exploring Santorini (Part 1)Exploring Santorini (Part 2)Exploring Santorini (Part 3) and Aegean Airlines Santorini to Athens Holiday Inn Athens Airport and Aegean Airlines Athens to Milan UNA Hotel Cusani and Exploring Milan United Business Class Milan to Newark to Greensboro After our early morning flight from Greensboro to Chicago, Continue reading Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto and Exploring Toronto

Canada, Greece, Turkey, and Italy: Intro and Greensboro to Chicago

Santorini, Greece

As you probably have read, a few weeks ago, the Mrs. Guru and I took an incredible trip to Greece, with quick stops in Istanbul (on the outbound) and Milan (on the return). I’ve posted a few times with some details on how this trip came together, so I’ll summarize some of those points here, with links to more detail if you missed any of those discussions or want to refer back to them.

I started planning this trip last December, when United announced that they would be raising the cost of awards starting in February. Any trips booked before February 1, 2014 (even for travel after February) would be bookable at the old/lower prices, but after February 1, the prices would go up – for Business Class to Europe, United raised the price from 100,000 miles roundtrip to 140,000 miles roundtrip, so I definitely wanted to book before the 40% increase! I had only been to Greece once (for just a few days), and the Mrs. Guru had never been to Greece, so we decided that it would be a great destination. Continue reading Canada, Greece, Turkey, and Italy: Intro and Greensboro to Chicago

Χαίρετε από την Ελλάδα! (Hello from Greece!)

Grand Bazaar

The Mrs. Guru and I are en route on our Greek adventure – we’re currently in a Lufthansa lounge at the Athens airport, waiting for our flight to Santorini.  I’ll be posting a full report on the whole trip after we get back, but wanted to post a quick update.  As you may have read, we left on Friday, flying up to Toronto (through Chicago), then from Toronto to Istanbul on Air Canada.  I had never actually been to Canada before, so since we had about a 4 1/2 hour layover, we hopped on a bus and headed into the Continue reading Χαίρετε από την Ελλάδα! (Hello from Greece!)

We’re Off…Like a Herd of Gophers

Air Canada Executive First Cabin

Hello from Chicago!  The Mrs. Guru and I just completed the first leg of our next adventure…earlier this morning, we flew up from Greensboro, and have a relatively short layover here.  Our next stop is Toronto, where we have about 4 hours – just enough time to head into the city for a quick lunch.  From Toronto, we continue on an overnight flight to Istanbul, Turkey.  The Toronto to Istanbul flight will be about 10 hours long, so fortunately we were able to score seats in their Executive First Cabin:

Air Canada Decreasing Seat Size on 777-300 Aircraft

Air Canada recently announced that they will be changing the seating on some of their long-range 777-300ER planes. Why does this matter to you? Currently, the economy cabin on these planes are in a 3-3-3 configuration, but they are squeezing in an extra seat in the middle section, making it a 3-4-3 configuration. For long flights, this could mean being even more squished up next to your seatmate, who Murphy’s Law guarantees will be on a strict 2 shower a month regiment.