Well, as luck would have it, Randy had a few extra tickets for the BoardingArea bloggers, so I’m confirmed on the inaugural New York to Paris OpenSkies flight on June 19, returning June 22.
I’ve already made an award reservation at two different Hilton hotels, the first night at the Hilton Paris and the second night at the Hilton Orly (since OpenSkies flies out of Orly and not CDG). I’m monitoring availability very closely since I’d ideally like to be in the city both nights. Hilton’s “no blackout dates” for awards policy really is a bit of a farce, since it applies only to the most basic room. Not that I didn’t know that, but there’s plenty of availability at the Hilton hotels in the city for both nights, but the rooms are all slightly better than the basic room, which I’m betting they have very few of just for this reason. You can bet I’ll be monitoring availability every five minutes, though.
Suffice it to say I’m totally thrilled! Life takes some amazing turns. I figured I would be at home the weekend after next, but instead I’ll be in Paris for two nights and get to experience a brand new airline on the inaugural flight no less!
Since there will be many FlyerTalkers on the flight, you can expect some fun stuff going on in Paris and on the flight. The funniest thing of all is that this morning I was talking about a trip back to Paris (I’ve only been once years ago), and then this happens. WOW!
You can of course expect a full report of their product when I get back.
In the meantime, good luck to those that entered the drawing!