|Busy waiting area LAX|
We arrived to DFW about 30 minutes early - I had time to take a quick walk before heading to the gate to check in. I inquired about upgrading but passed on the 25,000 mile/$350 co-pay to get to Business Class. I could make it in Main Cabin Extra. :)
|In-flight needs an upgrade!|
|Shakura Lounge NRT|
My next flight was to Bangkok on a new airline and plane type for me: Japan Airlines and the 787! I was very excited to try out the 787 - for all the hype we read about, I wanted to see for myself whether it was warranted. Right away I noticed the cabin pressure changes - the air was much more humidified and not as dry. Plus I really liked the seats and new windows - when taxiing you can see the entire travel path and runway lineup. I had a seatmate at the window who kept falling asleep near/on my shoulder - otherwise, it was a relatively quick 7 hour segment to BKK. I took the opportunity to get another 3.5 hour nap in as we flew.
Upon arrival it was late (11:15pm), so I needed to find my place of stay: The Louis Tavern Transit Hotel and Dayrooms. I booked this via Kayak.com and admittedly was a bit nervous when I did. Reviews were mixed online from most people about noise levels and privacy, but the cost point was good so I gave it a try. I'm happy to report that it was a very pleasant stay - no noise issues, a clean bed, and the shower was adequate. Finding the hotel wasn't too difficult either - upon arrival to BKK, don't go into the formal arrival/customs area - just transfer via a short escalator and bag check point to the 4th level in Concourse G.
Time for sleep!