Before I depart for India tomorrow, just a couple of quick notes.
First, my friend and I are both still waitlisted for our upgrades from Chicago to Delhi. I’m fairly confident we’ll both clear, though the prospect of flying coach on a 15 hour flight isn’t fun.
Second, I’m incredibly excited about this trip. We’ve finalized our itinerary and will be visiting Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, the Maldives, and the Himalayas (more details to follow on that). I’ll save all the details for the trip report, though it should be a great trip.
Next, for the tickets from India to the Maldives we’re flying Jet Airways and Sri Lankan. I’m really excited to try Jet Airways and also to fly Sri Lankan again, as I loved them from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore earlier in the year. While business class on them wasn’t cheap, it seemed well worth the premium.
Lastly I want to mention upfront that the friend I’m traveling with is a (luxury) travel agent. I had intended to stay at Starwood hotels when I originally planned the trip, though without any involvement on my part my friend has us booked at some pretty amazing luxury brands I’ve never stayed at (Aman, Oberoi, etc.). We’re even going tenting (luxury tenting, but still). 😉
I had no part in this, as his contacts at the respective hotels all offered to host him, and I’m just along for the ride. I’ll be reviewing the hotels as I usually would with full disclosure at the beginning of the trip report posts when stays are comped (which is only the case for a few of the hotels).
As far as the Maldives goes, the main reason we’re tagging that on to this itinerary is because my friend was recently proactively offered four free nights at a very nice resort in the Maldives with room and board included. So that was something he sure couldn’t say no to, and I certainly wasn’t going to either! Damn, I need to become a travel agent.
Anyway, I’m thrilled and I’ll be posting pictures and thoughts every day, in addition to a trip report when I get back. In the meantime I’ll start posting the trip report from my most recent award redemption to Asia and Europe.