Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya – the flights

Posted on: June 17th, 2012 by: Jason

Index
The human pin cushion
Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya trip report – pre-trip
The flights
Accra
Coconut Grove
The rain forest
Nigeria Air and Sheraton
Flight problems
Kenya
The trip home

I had to apply for a visa for Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. I used a travel broker for all three but made a mistake with the Nigeria one. The travel broker told me to fill out the Nigerian visa form online and pay the fee. At the end of the application, it asked if I wanted to submit it to the Atlanta branch of New York branch. Not thinking that there was any difference, I picked Atlanta. I found out weeks later that I was supposed to have picked the New York branch.

Due to the error I had to do the entire process again, and this time I picked New York branch. I contacted the Nigeria Immigration Service and told them about the mistake I had made. They informed me they would be happy to refund the erroneous visa fee if I would provide them a copy of my receipt. I did that and after five weeks of no responses I ended up having to dispute the charge with American Express and got the charge reversed.

My routing to Ghana was SLC – MSP – AMS – ACC.

SLC – MSP
This flights was on a 767-300ER. This was a pretty nondescript flight though there was no video on demand system on the flight. There were economy comfort seats on the flight.

MSP – AMS
This flight was on a 777-200. The best seats in economy appeared to be row 10, 11, 12, or 14 in seat D or F.

Walking out off of the plane, there was plenty of time to go get something to eat. I went to the Dutch Kitchen where I had miniature pancakes (poffertjes).

After that there was still time to kill, so using my Priority Pass I went into the lounge.

AMS – ACC
This flight was on a Airbus A330-300. By the time we were close to Accra, I was completely worn out. Due to my height, sleeping on airplanes in economy is basically impossible. Some of it is self inflicted as I always prefer the aisle seat so I don’t have to climb over people on flights. I’ve always been reluctant to take Ambien or some other sleeping pill because I’m sure it would make me tired but I still wouldn’t be able to sleep. It makes these flights brutal.

I do actually enjoy these long flights. I don’t mind sitting there for hours on end as I have movies to watch, books to read, and an exciting adventure awaiting.

The Animal Lounge

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by: Jason

Business week recently did an article about how transporting animals is a pretty lucrative freight business for some major airlines such as Lufthansa, Emirates, and Air France / KLM. Lufthansa alone transported over 110 million creatures last year though the number is a bit deceiving when you take into account the tons of worms and tropical fish included in that number.

Lufthansa even has an animal lounge spawning 3750 square meters that includes the latest in comforts for your animals such as slip proof flooring and a roof to keep the animals dry. No word on if there is unlimited alfalfa or upscale birdseed included with your stay. I assume Animal Planet would be playing on the overhead monitors.

Sample cost of flying a horse from Frankfurt to New York runs about $6,000 and you probably don’t even earn any Miles and More miles for the horse. Lufthansa also cautions, “Please also ensure that you arrive at the airport with your animal in plenty of time before departure. In Frankfurt you should be at check-in at least one hour before departure.” I wonder if you’re allowed to ride your horse to the terminal or perhaps walk alongside your pancake tortoise to check in.

They don’t only specialize in horses, but other animals such as rhinos, hippos, penguins, dogs and pigs.

The next time you’re enjoying yourself at a lounge in Frankfurt, just remember that there are some furry friends that are having an equally enjoyable time at the animal lounge and some parakeets are probably enjoying priority boarding.

Thanks to reader Sice for the tip

Airline World Cup – KLM vs Eithad Airways

Posted on: February 18th, 2012 by: Jason

Vote for your favorite airline between these two. The winner will advance to the next round. The poll will remain open for 48 hours.

Vote for your favorite of these two airlines

  • Etihad Airways (60%, 38 Votes)
  • KLM (40%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

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The downloadable bracket of all the match ups can be found here.

Free luggage tags from KLM

Posted on: May 19th, 2010 by: Jason

KLM is offering one set of free luggage tags per household. You can even upload your own photos or use one of the pre selected photos from KLM.

There are only 25,000 luggage tags left at the time of this post so make sure and hurry and order your free tags.

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