As I mentioned already, I’ve been fighting a pretty bad cough. Not really any other symptoms except sleeping a lot and aside from the cough my mental capacity is fine. I had a big meeting last week that I couldn’t postpone so I had to show up and trudge through it or wind up postponing until October since I have a lot of vacation (and hopefully good trip reports ; ) ) scheduled in September.
Monday: Had a late flight out CLT-CVG-MKE. All CRJs so no upgrades. I was planning on meeting up with a fellow frequent traveler from Charlotte in MKE on business as well at Mo’s Irish Pub, but my phone died and we never connected. It just shows you what a small world it can be though! I stayed at the Hampton Inn downtown Milwaukee. Boy that place was interesting. Apparently one part used to be a bank and I think that was where I was. As much as I was coughing to not have a complaint is a testimony to the soundproofing at that place. Otherwise it is a dated Hampton desperately in need of some new carpet, but great staff and a convenient location.
Tuesday-Thursday: actually stayed in the same location more than 1 day. It is always weird not checking out and checking in every day. Thursday I actually took the bus to the airport. I used Google Maps public transit option and it showed me where to walk to get to the bus and when the bus would arrive. I found the bus stop, had my change (thankfully like Charlotte they have a bill acceptor!) and loaded up and just watched the app until I got to the airport. Then I killed time in the sky club waiting for my MKE-LGA-CLT trip. MKE-LGA was a regional jet, but LGA-CLT was a CRJ-700 so there was a first class. LGA was a cluster on Thursday and my 4 hour layover quickly became over 7. If I had known that at the time I would have taken the bus into Manhattan and had dinner there instead of staying in the cramped Sky Club and in the terminal area. I was so happy to slip into 3D for the flight home.
Friday: Home for an office day.
Delta: 4 MQS 1/1 for upgrades – 68 MQS/54,XXX MQM
US Airways: 44 PQS/35,XXX PQM
American Airlines: 5 EQS /3,XXX EQM
Hilton: 1 stays/ 3 nights – 32 Stays/44 Nights
Marriott: 50 nights total
Avis: 7 rentals
Hertz: 1 rental