Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Travelling in style

I'm in the Star Alliance Lounge at London Heathrow Airport. It's just after 11 o'clock here in London town, and my flight to Zurich is in a couple of hours.

So far this has been quite the trip thatnks to Air Canada's Elite Podium program! First, I was able to use one of my top-tier upgrade certificates to travel in Air Canada's Executive First. It was like nothing I've ever seen or experienced before! The seat was almost like a fully functional little room. It had a foot rest that later joined the chair to become a completely flat bed. There was a TV screen that opened out of a wall. The tray table was huge, and they gave you all kinds of stuff, such as a make-up bag with socks and an eye mask, toothbrush and toothpaste, lotion, lip balm, etc.! And, of course, I had brought all that stuff! I would have taken a picture if I hadn't felt so silly doing it. The dinner they served was a three-course meal with four choices of main course and three choices of dessert. And it was really delicious. Not to mention the things we all know such as free alcohol and nice pillows and blankets. So I have got to say my flight to London was amazing! Thank you, Air Canada.

My Elite Podium card apparently also gets me into this very nice lounge, where they actually serve hot food unlike the Maple Leaf Lounges back in Canada. So I have had a very nice, but very early for Ottawa time,  brunch consisiting of two different kinds of quiche, some salad, orange juice, coffee and cookies. I've been waited on hand and foot this whole trip, first by Air Canada staff and by London Heathrow staff, who helped me find my way to Terminal 1 (this airport is massive!) and then by the nice ladies at the lounge. I don't think I've ever had a trip quite like this before. Let's hope things keep going as smoothly and positively as they have been.

I still have two more legs of travel left. First, the flight to Zurich after I meet up with the Vancouver crowd somewhere around here and then the drive to Bessans, France, once we meet up with Alexei and Harris in Zurich.

With that, I bid you good morning from London, England.


  1. WOW!!! That sounds like quite the experience. I'm quite jealous because I know that my experience with VIA ONE (tomorrow) will be nothing compared to the pampering that you received. However, you definitely deserve it. You've been training like a crazy woman it it's nice to see it paying off. Good luck with the competitions.

  2. YOU're crazy for posting a comment at 4 a.m.! But thanks! :)