Sunday, January 17, 2010

An Early Flight to Tokyo

We enjoyed another great meal last night at the Kok Sen Coffee Shop, seated with upwards of 40 other FlyerTalkers at round tables with stools set up literally in the back alley behind the restaurant. The food was plentiful and delicious. At $20 Singapore per person it was also a bargain, especially considering there were ample quantities of Tiger Beer at each table.

We'd taken a taxi to Chinatown - taxis are still priced very reasonably in Singapore - and, after saying our goodbyes to our terrific fellow FTers, we hopped on the MRT for the return trip. We'd moved to the Hilton from the Conrad yesterday and, since we're missing breakfast, they offered us a complimentary room serice breakfast, which we've just eaten. Getting up at 3:00 a.m. puts us in the mood for lots of coffee.

In a few minutes - 4:30 a.m. Monday or 12:30 p.m. Sunday back home - we'll head to Changi Airport, pick up our boarding passes and go through security, hopefully in time for more coffee at the contract airport lounge.

We're flying in Y (Economy) today, because a single Systemwide Upgrade (SWU) can't apply to flights with a stopover such as our three nights in Japan. We have exit row seats, we're upgraded to C (Business) for the flight from Narita to San Francisco in a couple of days, so we're not suffering and expect no sympathy.

Update: We arrived at Changi Airport with a lot of time to spare. Upon checking in, we were offered the option of "space available" upgrades to C for $50 and 10,000 miles each, a bargain for an international flight of 3,328 miles. We'll still be happy with our exit row seats in Y if that's the way it goes.

We're sitting in the SATS Premier Club contract lounge and still have to go through passenger security, the spot where Kathy's little travel corkscrew was once confiscated. She learned her lesson so no corkscrews today.

Onward to Narita and Tokyo.

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