Travelling for points

On my trip home I discovered that there are people who buy cheap tickets and fly very far in order to get to the next tier of their frequent flyer status. My neighbor flew to Nairobi via Dubai to arrive on Friday night and leave on Sunday evening just before Thanksgiving, and will repeat this right after. With that he hoped to achieve the highest level, diamond. In back of us were other people who also made trips for the miles.

I asked what he did while in Nairobi. It seemed not much. He bought a book, which he was still reading, sat by the pool and he may have seen the giraffe park. I suggested he pay a visit to Nairobi national park on his next trip.

He asked me whether I got upgraded to business class with my diamond status. I told him no, I never was and that the most important perk, priority lane, was already available with gold.  Other than Axel getting a companion gold status (but he never travels) and a few extra miles, there wasn’t much difference in benefits between gold and diamond.

I arrived in an overcast Massachusetts and a windy Lobster Cove and unpacked the goodies I brought back from Ethiopia and Holland. It had required a whole extra bag to check, filled with coffee beans, cheese, corenwijn (a kind of jenever), licorice and chocolate and some Saint Nicholas candy that will have to wait until Christerklaas evening on December 24.

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