Trip Report: Atlanta Dec 2013 (part 1) Visiting Friends in the ATL


Visiting friends in the ATL
LeMeridien Atlanta North (Dunwoody)

About a week after we got back from Maui we had a quick weekend trip planned to Atlanta to visit some friends. We usually get to Atlanta at least once a year to visit my old childhood buddy and his family.  In 2013 we got down there twice!  It worked out great because my wife had only a few thousand Southwest Rapid Reward points left and her companion pass was expiring at the end of the month. So we used the last of her points to book the way down there and then I used my points and companion pass to get back  home.

We actually flew Air Tran since Southwest doesn’t fly MKE-ATL directly. When you redeem points for AirTran operated flights they give you boarding position 8 or 9 which is the last call to board! Our seats were also not together as my wife had the window one row ahead of me and I had an aisle on the opposite side of the plan one row behind. That is ok for us for  a less than 2 hour flight. We arrived in ATL and grabbed two quick roundtrip Marta train passes for around $6 per person and took it north to Dunwoody where my buddy picked us up at our hotel.

We got to see him and the rest of his family and their daughter is our god daughter. So its nice to catch up and see whats happening down there. They had a get together as the Adrian Broner fight was on that night so we met several other people that night and shot the breeze and watched the fight and whatnot.

Our friends kids with the mini cheeseheads we brought them from the MKE airport.

Doing a dance for the camera.

DSC04217Kids being kids!

The next day was a big Green Bay Packer game vs Dallas Cowboys to stay alive for the playoffs!!  My buddy has become a regular at TJ’s sports bar in Alpharetta!  The bar becomes a Packer bar on game days so I was excited to see how it is and watch the game there. We got a table and a few others joined us to cheer on the Pack!!

DSC04218 DSC04219 Claiming our table and getting setup.

DSC04220 100 ounce tower of Miller Lite!!

DSC04221 Coming back!

DSC04222 Comeback complete!!


DSC04227Pack win 38-37 if I recall!!

Only the Packers have this type of love nationwide!!! It was a great time to see everyone cheering the Pack in Atlanta!  After the game it was about 7pm and we headed back to our hotel-The Westin Atlanta airport for our early flight on Monday morning to get back to work.  The weekend went quick but its always nice to see good friends!

PointsPinnacle Breakdown

As usual with Southwest redemptions we were on the hook for $2.50 security fee. The points redemption was 5280 Rapid Rewards points from my wife’s account. The outbound details are below.




The exact same on the way home except from my account. The Inbound details below.




Grand total of just over 10,000 rapid rewards points and $10 roundtrip! Love the companion pass!




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