One of the perks of being an exapt/traveler are the airline miles you can rack up. Stick with one airline group and the benefits begin right away.
Our trip to London was mostly covered by our SAS EuroBonus points from our trip to New Zealand. A nice perk – those flights also bumped us up to Gold member status. But you have to travel a lot to maintain it, and although I have traveled a bit this year, today is my last day at this level … which is why, when planning this trip to Iowa to see my Dad, we scheduled it to begin after Grandson’s visit and before I’m bumped down a member level – in other words, today!
I have a long layover in Copenhagen. We saved a lot by booking the first flight out of Bergen, and I arrived in Denmark at 7:30 am. My flight to Chicago doesn’t begin boarding until 3:00 pm.
And so, I’m relaxing in “Rest Cabin 12” in the Gold Card member section of the SAS Lounge at the Copenhagen airport. I’ve eaten breakfast, napped, showered, eaten lunch, and am still a couple hours away from boarding – at this rate, I’d probably have time to stretch out and nap again, an appealing prospect considering the sitting (and non-sleep) I’ll be doing during the eight-hour flight ahead of me.
Or maybe I’ll go shopping. This airport has so much to offer!
Josh, an expat I’ve met virtually in the blogosphere, and I had a conversation about the realities of airline travel. As he commented, ‘What I don’t like is being stuck in an airplane for such a long time and planning what I will do every hour … I think to myself, “alright, first I’ll watch a movie, then I’ll read a few chapters of my book, then I got my iPod there, maybe I will try to sleep (never happens), etc. I always wonder who my neighbor will be – the chatty type, the sleeper (lucky!), the one who hasn’t seemed to figure out what a shower is, the one who breathes on me the whole time, etc… It’s always an adventure!’
Yes, it’s an adventure. One we as expats willingly take to reconnect with our families.
After time in this cozy rest area in the SAS lounge, I think I can even take a “what’s a shower” person next to me. 😉
Iowa, I’ll see you soon!