Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Pick Your Seat...

I'm leaving for Chicago tomorrow. I have a 7:00 a.m. flight to London where I'll connect for my flight to The Windy City. If all goes as planned, I should be landing in Chicago around 2:00 p.m. Yes, it's a 14-hour trip, but it shouldn't be too bad because Mrs. TBF once again used her miles to ensure that I'd be basking in business class comfort. Ain't she sweet???

Yesterday morning, before she left for New Jersey, Mrs. TBF encouraged me to use the British Airways online check-in. I was going to blow it off and just check-in at the airport, but I was miraculously organized today and actually had extra time this evening to give it a whirl.

And...I'm glad I did.

I used SeatGuru to find the best seats, and then I went to the BA website where I switched my seat on the Chicago flight from a window seat to an aisle seat that SeatGuru says is a "....great forward facing Club World seat with lots of extra leg room." I clicked on the "Print Boarding Pass" tab, and...it actually worked!

The boarding passes are sitting on the dresser on top of my passport, my bags are packed, I've set up an early-morning wake-up call with Mrs. TBF, and I'm pretty much ready to go.

I'll be in Chicago for ten days. I'm not bringing my laptop along, but I'll update the blog at my sister's house and just add the pictures when I get back home.

I was just thinking: Who the hell goes to Chicago...by choice...in January????

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

have a great trip in chi-town. damn you and your leg room. at least i have an exit row for my flight back

CanadianSwiss said...

The online check-in is really great. O-X and I used it for our trip to Canada. Ahh. The comforts of modern technology.

Have a wonderful trip.

Anonymous said...

Go to the airport early!

A friend of mine used to work for BA until very recently. She told me to avoid that airline for a while because the cabin crews just called for a strike.

Flights could be messed up for the next 3-4 months.

Anonymous said...

It will be fun to see you after missing you on your last visit!

Orange-X said...

Have a safe trip TBF and enjoy your stay. Let's do some "Boomerang-ing" once the two of you are back in town.
Cheers!

The Big Finn said...

GL - Mrs. TBF informed me of the possibility of a strike over the next couple of weeks, but I didn't have any problems at all. The flight was only about 15 minutes late arriving in Chicago due to strong headwinds.

TMS - We'll see you in a couple of days.

OX - Sounds like a plan to me.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing you.

What day are we getting together????

Expat Traveler said...

Glad the trip was good. Yes I noticed the strike announcement today too. The online check in I will have to remember...

Anonymous said...

Let me just say, you have officially become my arch enemy. why? because I'm american and I need a good ol'healthy football competition. i need to trash talk, if only for another 2 weeks. So, as a football lover, and a Hoosier, I just have to say - you are perfect candidate for ftball arch enemy, and that you and your Bears
ARE GOING DOWN!
have a nice trip :)

The Big Finn said...

Jessica - Mrs. TBF and I are fairly stunned that the Bears have made it all the way to the Super Bowl. Plus, we've always been fans of Peyton Manning. Although we'd like the Bears to win, we really won't be too upset if the Colts win because we'd like to see Manning get a Super Bowl ring. So, I guess we're not very good arch enemies.

Anonymous said...

darnit

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