In a few hours we climb on a big silver bird (actually a fairly small CRJ) to fly 954 miles SEA-LAX. There we'll meet Kathy's brother Tom and his wife Ellyn and spend some time in the Red Carpet Club before boarding a 747 at 12:45 p.m. to fly 5440 miles LAX-NRT (Narita Japan), crossing the International Date Line and scheduled to arrive at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. We transit through security again at NRT, try to spend at least a few minutes in a Red Carpet Club or other Star Alliance lounge if time permits before our flight to Bangkok departs at 6:30 p.m. We fly 2880 miles NRT-BKK, scheduled to arrive at 11:10 p.m. local time after flying 9274 miles, crossing the Date Line, and landing in a country 14 hours ahead of our home time zone, after about 24 hours of travel.
Fortunately for us, all of our upgrades cleared and, once we complete our 2 1/2 hours in UA's surprisingly comfortable F bulkhead CRJ seats SEA-LAX, we'll be in Business Class on the upper deck of the 744s.
From there it'll be a taxi to the Millenium Hilton and a sound sleep before starting our Sunday in Bangkok.