Giveaway: Two United Club Lounge Passes!!!


I meant to start this giveaway before Christmas but I got busy! So in the spirit of the Christmas season I am going to giveaway TWO (2) United Club Lounge passes that don’t expire until June 30,2016!!! I am going to give one pass away to a lucky blog commenter. And I am going to give another pass away to a lucky Twitter follower!!!  So TWO (2) separate winners each receiving ONE (1) United Club Lounge pass.  So to have a shot to win:

  • Leave a comment on the blog telling me what your favorite gift was this holiday season.


  • Follow me on Twitter AND simply retweet my giveaway tweet (my most recent tweet)!!!!


I will be selecting the two winners randomly!!! This contest will end on New Years day (Jan 1st 2015) at 9PM central time.  I will mail these out within 48 hours to the two winners! I am only mailing these to  USA addresses.  Thanks for reading and good luck!




Trip Report: Thailand (Part 2) United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago to Frankfurt

United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok to Koh Samui (USM)
Conrad Koh Samui
Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
St. Regis Bangkok
Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)

United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)

As usual when flying out of O’Hare we hopped on the Coachusa bus on Monday from downtown Milwaukee. We left work at 1pm to catch the 1:45pm bus.  About one hour and 45 minutes later we were dropped off at O’Hare with plenty of time to catch our scheduled 6:25pm flight.

We fought through a busy United terminal to check out the United Club lounge.  There was some bad weather in various parts of the US on this day and it was wreaking havoc on many domestic United flights.  Our scheduled flight was showing on time on the board so that was a relief.  However due the IRROPS (irregular operations) the lines at the United Club lounge were insane! It was very busy and most every seat was spoken for.  We stayed for a snack and a drink (I had a beer and my wife had a wine).

O’Hare United Club line!

United Club entrance

Line outside the United Club for the normal United help desk!

We decided to go to our gate and check out the scene.  It was somewhat crowded and the boarding area was sort of small.  There were a few people lined up in their boarding queue’s, so we decided to to just wait around for boarding.  Well our boarding time came and went with no updates.  Eventually they updated the board saying our flight was delayed due to “severe weather”! That was laughable since the weather in Chicago was perfectly fine and you could see planes taking off left and right outside.  Eventually one of the female gate agents admitted the delay was due to waiting for a cleaning crew to arrive as the plane is currently “filthy”! My wife replied to me, “really makes you want to get on the plane, huh?” They also encouraged business and first class customers to go back to the lounge and they would call us to board however the lounge wasn’t much more appealing and then of course we would have to go back and wait in line just to get in.  We stayed at the gate.

Our gate for our flight

Desk at our gate where we needed to document check prior to boarding

Eventually they got the plane cleaned and made an announcement that everyone needed to proceed through the “doc check” line prior to boarding. That should have been announced earlier as many people didn’t know they were required to go through that line. Also all the Global services and other First Class pax were escorted up to the front of the line in the boarding area.  I have no idea if they were rounded up in the lounge or what however we were not part of that group. Continue reading