My next trip is one I’ve been anticipating for quite a while and for a few reasons. It is my first trip to the African continent, my first trip in a premium cabin on a 787, and the first time on a intercontinental flight in United’s current (subsidiary Continental) BusinessFirst cabin.
United 787 Business Class (Photo from Rocky’s 787 report)
A good friend is getting married in Ghana, and while celebration is the main reason for the trip, as usual I tried to have some fun with the travel arrangements. Flights weren’t terribly expensive, especially thanks to a United voucher, so I bought my ticket out of pocket plus paid a slight premium to get W class, so I could upgrade with a Global Premier Upgrade. Thankfully, domestic legs plus the Houston-Lagos flight cleared at booking in both directions. It had been a while since I actually bought an intercontinental flight on United where I could use my GPU upgrades.
My Ghana Visa, fast and easy (for additional fee) via the consulate in Houston
As usual, my plans aren’t without some concerns; mostly in that I have to transit Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. I remember seeing signs posted while flying around the US as a child of how this airport does not maintain adequate security procedures. That was 20+ years ago, and it has improved significantly, but it still has a reputation. I’ll be sure to let you know how my experience goes. Plus, I’m flying multiple legs on United, which always leads to some trepidation. So far, I was unable to check in online, so the fun had already begun.
Once in Lagos, I’m connecting on a separate ticket on Arik Air to Accra, and meeting up with other wedding attendees there. My return routing is identical. As usual, I’m looking forward to the both the journey and the destination. I hope for some new adventures, but not too many!
I’ll do my best to post quick updates enroute to twitter and instagram, so please follow me if you aren’t already.
What’s your most adventurous trip?