Saturday, November 2, 2013

MXP (Milan Malpensa Airport) Sheraton

How dare we complain about a flight that lands an hour early? The only catch to shorter international flights, if you're in Business, is that you don't have a lot of time to sleep after dinner. If we're in Economy, the quicker the better.

Last night our UA 767 took off from EWR shortly after 6:45 p.m. Given that Europe has been on Standard Time for awhile, it's only five hours ahead of the US East Coast and we landed at Milan about 6:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. East Coast Daylight Saving Times, or 10:45 p.m. Pacific Coast Time.

There were a few bumps along the way but the flight was generally smooth. Again, our experience is that the Continental pilots we encounter seem to leave the seat belt sign on for most of the flight, so we just ignore it. The service was good and friendly. 

We couldn't help but get off the plane fairly quickly once we were at the gate and and wandered out through Immigration and Customs with no wait at all. Malpensa Airport isn't any more inspiring than the last time we visited it, and we decided to check on our reservation at the Sheraton across the road, accessible by elevator and walkway from the terminal.

Lo and behold our room, actually a "junior suite," was ready for us at 7:00 a.m. It's now 8:00 a.m. (Midnight in Birch Bay) and we're checked in and ready to take a little nap before facing the day. We're going to miss Starwood Platinum Status. We find they look after their elite members very well indeed.

We're back in Europe and it's nice to be here, especially with a comfortable bed available.

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