I'm starting this post with a selfie of me showering on a plane at 36,000 feet, flying at 509kts over Eastern Greenland.
Because really, nothing is going to top this from this point forward.
At the end of March American Airlines is updating their award chart. Almost always this means the cost of award redemption is going to up...way up. I've been meaning to try the famous First Apartment on Etihad, but never got around to it since Abu Dabhi, their hub, is out of the way. With the impending devaluation, I got off my ass, found availability, and booked the flight. Ended up booking a long circular route: UME-ARN-TXL-AUH-JFK-PIT-JFK-FRA-ARN-UME.
But really, it ended up being UME-ARN-TXL-AUH-IAD-JFK-CLT-PIT-JFK-FRA-ARN-UME thanks to diverted flight + misconnect.
Etihad flies the First Apartment between Abu Dhabi - London and Abu Dhabi - New York. I decided to book the New York flight because it gives me 13 hours to enjoy this cabin and service instead of just 6 to London. Funny enough, as we are about to land in New York, the airport was closed due to weather, so we had to divert to Washington. However, Washington didn't have the facilities to service an A380 and Etihad probably didn't want to let us off anyway, so we sat on the plane in Washington until we finally took off and headed back to New York.
Total time on the plane: 21 hours. I definitely got my 90,000 AA miles + $35 worth.
Can you imagine how much it would suck to be stuck in economy for 21 hours?