After we dropped our elder dachshund Franklin with Tom's folks and our other doxie, Tyler and Weimaraner, Dolly at boarding, we went to the airport.
TIP#1: Reserve your airport parking on-line in advance and save money
PRE-RESERVE PARKING - A couple of weeks before the trip I (Rob) pre-booked "Preflight Parking" for a space, and saved about $3 per day in parking fees. Pre-flight has free shuttles to and from the airport that run every 10 minutes. The service is great, and I always like to tip the drivers.
|Economy class seating was not conducive to sleep|
TIP#2: Never fly economy class on a night-flight overseas.
OUR EXPERIENCE: The seats were limited with space. Tom, being almost 6 feet tall couldn't stretch his legs and the woman in the seat in front of him decided to lean her seat ALL the way back, practically into his lap so he couldn't watch a movie, couldn't turn left or right, and certainly couldn't sleep. Since I'm just 5'6" I didn't have as much discomfort. After a couple of hours of futility in trying to sleep, Tom developing aching legs, restless leg syndrome, and wound up walking up and down the aisles literally for a couple of hours. I kept nodding off and on for minutes at a time, and he was totally miserable. There was NO SLEEP TO BE HAD on that flight for us.
TIP #3: If you buy Economy Class and later try to upgrade, be sure to tell your BANK that you are trying to make an additional purchase on an International Airline (and tell them when you're traveling, or they'll think the card was stolen). Tom tried upgrading to Business Class before we left for the trip and the BANK rejected the purchase to business class going over because the charge came on from Ireland. SO, we lost the business class seats.
|Business class seating was amazing|
TIP #4: Fly Business Class. Tom managed to upgrade us to business class on the way back.
The seats were really wide and actually reclined to a flat position like a bed, if needed. They had movies, pillows, headphones, and tried to give us hor d'oeuvres (which we didn't have), wine for Tom (water for me), a salad, a beef or chicken dinner, a shortcake (which we couldn't eat), cookies, hot tea, and more. It was non-stop food (which is actually wasted on us because we don't eat much, but it was pretty nice). We lounged, napped, and Tom even watched 2 movies on the flight back, while I finished reading 2 books. What a difference from the flight over!
NEXT: OUR FIRST DAY IN DUBLIN!!!