July 22: Flew direct CLT-SYR on US Airways. I was upgraded on this route, probably because I flew in the afternoon instead of the morning. Then we drove to Utica and stayed at the Hampton Inn. Dinner was across the street at Delmonico’s. I would highly recommend Delmonico’s as a good local flavor. Make sure to get the Utica Greens and check out the caricatures around the restaurant.
Tuesday: Finished in Utica and headed back to Syracuse to head out, but had to spend the night. I stayed at the Hampton Inn in Liverpool. I’ll file them in the “do the best with what they have.” Customer service was top notch, but the hotel was dated and seemed converted from another brand. I hate to say it since the staff tries so hard, but I’d probably stay elsewhere next time. Dinner was at Dinosaur BBQ. I hate BBQ, but it seems to be one of the places to go in Syracuse. Lunch was at Destiny since I wanted to check out how things had progressed since it used to just be a mall and they were trying to get all the DestiNY stuff through.
Wednesday: Flew from SYR-PHL. No upgrades available on the RJ. Got into PHL and drove down to Annapolis and stayed at the Courtyard in Annapolis. Dinner was at the Galway Bay since I liked it last time. Service was pretty crappy this time with the manager providing most of the service, but the food was still good.
Thursday: Flew home BWI-CLT. The flight was very full and my upgrade didn’t clear. Apparently boys flying home from Boy Scout’s National Jamboree flew home from BWI all the way from WV. They also decided to take live ammo and pocket knives through security so although I was in PreCheck, the whole check point seemed to come to a halt every 5 minutes. Definitely the longest precheck experience I’ve ever had! My brother works for the Boy Scouts (although he didn’t go to the Jamboree) and apparently they missed the memo that pocket knives are not allowed in carry-on bags.
Friday: Office day.
Sept 29: At this point in time I thought I was home all week. I should have known better!
Tuesday: Suddenly it sounds like a good idea to book a trip to Houston. In retrospect I probably should have stayed home because I’m pretty sure this is where I got the bronchitis, or at least waking up early to fly didn’t help.
Wednesday: Wake up bright and early and fly CLT-IAH. At this point the only fares left on US Airways were discounted First, but that was actually cheaper than a connecting flight on Southwest (go figure!) or any other airline so I flew non-stop in F!! I had a nice afternoon meeting and went right to bed afterwards without dinner. I stayed the night at the Springhill Suites.
Thursday: Bright and early flight back home. on US Airways. Once again in F.
Friday: office day.
Delta: 64 MQS/51,XXX MQM
US Airways: 5 segments – 44 PQS/35,XXX PQM
American Airlines: 5 EQS /3,XXX EQM
Hilton: 2 stays/ 2 nights – 31 Stays/41 Nights – Diamond in the bag
Marriott: 2 nights – 50 nights total
Avis: 7 rentals
Hertz: 1 rental