Back to school trips to Paris and the United States

Just back from Thailand, I’m already back on the road with 3 trips combined in a short time: two meetings in Paris and a nice personal trip to Chicago and New York.

Flights and transportation

As for transatlantic flights, I had initially booked on TAP to secure my Star Gold status in 2022… Nevertheless, my May’s disastrous experience in terms of services during my previous trip to Boston will lead me to change to a Oneworld airline, in my quest for the Gold Guest List status with BA.

Despite an excellent hard product, the service is really too bad on TAP transatlantic flights

I will find a First class ticket on the British airline at a reasonable rate and I will make the switch, shifting my TAP flight to a more distant horizon.

Even dated, the First Class seat on the British Airways A380 is excellent

As for domestic flights, same thing: I will switch from United to American Airlines, postponing my United ticket at no cost to I don’t know when.

American Airlines will be my airline of choice for domestic flights

But before my transatlantic trip, I will have to add a trip to Paris both before and after this trip, before on Air France for scheduling reasons, and after on British Airways.

Air France will impose itself on me for my pre-flight to London from Paris


As for hotels, my switch from Marriott to IHG for the end of the year will involve booking into a mix of Kimpton and Intercontinental.

Great view from my suite at the Hotel Monaco in Chicago

In Chicago as in New York, I will change hotels every night and in Paris, I will stay at the Intercontinental on Avenue Marceau.

A gloomy weather but an incredible view from my corner room at the Intercontinental Times Square


Beyond my professional activities, I will add to this trip some visits like the Willis Tower in Chicago, the famous Architecture Cruise and, in New York, the new Wanderbilt Tower Observatory.

Beautiful view from the Willis Tower in Chicago


Finally, here is the itinerary followed:

1DiaryBack to school trips to Paris and the United States
2LoungeClub Aspire Lounge, London Heathrow T3
3FlightAir France Business, London Heathrow – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle
4HotelIntercontinental Paris Champs-Elysées
5LoungeAir France Business Lounge, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle 2E-K
6FlightAir France Business, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – London Heathrow
7LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, London Heathrow T5
8FlightBritish Airways First, London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare, Airbus A380-800
9HotelKimpton Grey Chicago
10HotelKimpton Monaco Chicago
11HotelIntercontinental Chicago
12LoungeAmerican Airlines Flagship Lounge, Chicago O’Hare T3
13FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Chicago O’Hare – Charlotte, Boeing 737-800
14LoungeAmerican Airlines Admirals Club, Charlotte Concourse C
15FlightAmerican Airlines Domestic First, Charlotte – New-York La Guardia, Boeing 737-800
16HotelKimpton Muse, New-York
17HotelIntercontinental New-York Times Square
18LoungeBritish Airways Concorde Room, New-York JFK T7
19FlightBritish Airways First Suite, New-York JFK – London Heathrow, Boeing 777-300ER
Today’s itinerary
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.

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