In my quest to requalify for Executive Platinum status with American I’m trying to earn as many miles as possible while visiting new destinations as time permits.
I’ve always wanted to visit India, and it just happens to be that American’s longest flight is from Chicago to Delhi. I have eight systemwide upgrades that need to be burned, and since American let’s you burn systemwide upgrades on any fares internationally, I figured I might as well visit some new destinations. The fare I saw available from Miami to Delhi via Los Angeles and Chicago in both directions (take a second to process that) was $1,100. Not to shabby for over 23,000 elite qualifying miles!
My original plan was to just visit Delhi for a few days. I asked a friend who’s a travel agent if he wanted to come along, and he expressed interest. It’s always fun to travel with others, especially to a new destination. Then he said “but if I do India, I’d want to spend more than three days there.” Fair enough.
Fortunately (or unfortunately from the standpoint of getting any work done), we now have a two week itinerary which includes a trip to Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, and the Maldives. There’s actually a pretty funny story behind why we’re going to the Maldives, but I’ll save that for another time.
While the entire trip is coming together quite nicely, there is one (not-so-minor) detail that’s causing me severe sleep loss: our upgrades from Chicago to Delhi and Delhi to Chicago — coincidentally American’s longest routes — have yet to clear.
Fortunately we have four sneaky contingency plans, since neither of us intend to spend over 15 hours in coach. 😉