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Flying for the sake of flying with GGL and CCR in mind...

Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:09 pm

Flying for the sake of flying it's how I would describe my journey that made me fly 8 long hauls in less than 10 days. I booked 2 RT from Tunis to KL at around 900€ each.

I'm often asked, why. It's quite simple : Miles and points, plain and simple. Before my journey I had 3050 Tier points with BA and my membership will be renewed in February 2018.

My goal : Gold Guest List with British Airways with the Concorde Card Room. I should hit GGL by the end of August or September depending on my work and spouse.

My wife is a down to earth person and did not see why all the "hustle" to be GGL and CCR. When I told her I can give her the Gold card thanks to it, she pushed me to do so !

Good to have a wife who can understand your goal ;-)

The full review can be found here:
http://www.youtripreport.com/Report/Flight/120-review-about-the-flight-tunis-doha-with-qatar-airways

After a short night (ibis hotel) I arrived at the airport at 1pm. It was packed.

QR ticketing office:
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Check-in was not crowded:
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After collecting my BP I went to Tunis Air Lounge with my expectations close to 0. The lounge can be busy since it’s used by most airlines.
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“The buffet”
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The entrance
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The main seating area. One guy talked so loudly that even far from him I could hear all. If only it was interesting…
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My boarding pass. Yes, I’m gonna spend 8 hours in the lounge..
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Our plane for the next 5h30 minutes.
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The flight was delayed for 45 min. Eventually Business class pax were called to board.
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I like the cabin. It feels brand-new.
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With no one in the first row I decided to move to have a bigger foot rest.
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The menu for today:
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Hello dear FT readers:
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QR signature drink: Lemon and mint. The perfect combo.
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Well deserved!
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Banking right:
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Mixed nuts with sparkling:
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Quinoa Salad, I only ate the quinoa after removing the ham:
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Right after, my fillet of beef arrived. Was it good?
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Absolutely !
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Instead of taking the boring fruit, I picked the dacquoise biscuit. Fine but my stomach gave up halfway.
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I arrived in Tunis at 3am. I need to rest:
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Because of the Ban, the route is much longer, check the map:
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Bottom line:
In the past few years I had the chance to fly Qatar airways a lot. I rarely complain of QR crew. On my flight I got very lucky to have been served by Randa. She is from Egypt and the connection with her was quick.

She is an amazing lady. I sent the tweet to QR that will be followed by a mail to make sure her supervisor is aware of the outstanding job she delivers.

The cabin was 40% full an it's comfy for a day flight.

The catering was good. The highlight came from the main course.

All in all, It was a fantastic experience !

I wish to see Randa again !

Thanks for reading !

Coming up : QR B787 to KL.
 
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Re: Flying for the sake of flying with GGL and CCR in mind...

Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:53 pm

I arrived from Tunis at 12 am, while I could catch the 2:25am flight I went for the morning one.
The reason I picked that flight boils down to one word : B787

Qatar Airways serves Kuala Lumpur 3 times a day all operated by different planes and configurations:
- Airbus A340-600(already taken on the same route)
- Boeing B777-300ER(already taken on the same route)
- Boeing B787-8 it's today's flight

The less tiring option would have been to fly the A340 taking off in the middle of the night with a landing at 3pm, I would have had more time to rest in KL. Alas I'm still in good shape I can make it.

With roughly 8 hours to spare before boarding again from my previous flight I had plenty of time to enjoy the lounge.

You can check the full review:
http://www.youtripreport.com/report/flight/124-review-about-the-flight-doha-kuala-lumpur-with-qatar-airways

We arrived at a remote stand and deplaned by bus and my way to the lounge and the restaurant for a quick meal. I’m always stunned by the overall design. Along with the First Class lounge, it’s just a masterpiece. Would you agree?
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My meal:
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View from my seat, FYI, if you need a plug, it seems there is none, but when you get inside from the elevator, you can find one behind the bar on the left, you need to take the last table.
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The bar:
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I remained at my seat until 5am where I went to the business center to print my Qatari Visa and the confirmation of my stay at the Ritz Carlton in Doha. I bought the ticket with the promotion of a free visa and a 5* hotel for free.
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In case you want to play:
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But it’s time to feed me and not play.. Even If my monitor my weight daily since I try to remain medium..
Let’s check out the breakfast buffet:
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30 minutes before boarding I left the lounge to the boarding gate and wandered a bit
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When I arrived on-board I was happy to be back to a 1-2-1 layout. When I think some airlines are still offering a 2-3-2 layout, it’s just a no-go.
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My seat
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Too narrow
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Lemon and mint as always
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I’m a bit tired…
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The menu
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Take off
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Soon after, the cabin crew was released and so were the pax shortly after.
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I was so beat that as soon my order was taken, I put the seat into a bed and slept for more than 3 hours.
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Let's eat !
Salmon gravlax. Tasty!
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Actually I had 2… Remember the report about My Quest for Balik? I was not joking. I love Salmon!

I then had the beef and omelette. The beef was once again well done…
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I can’t get enough of that view
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Both deserts were great and tasty
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We landed at 10pm. Flight time was 7:45 minutes. 45 minutes longer than my previous flight to KUL from DOH in May.
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Bottom line:
It's always a pleasure to have a 1-2-1 layout in Business Class. The breakfast was fantastic despite the meat. But since it's usual, I won't impact the overall experience.

Crew : Much less impressive (rather cold) than my previous flight but they did the job well.

Next report : MH First Class lounge + QR B787 to Doha
 
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Re: Flying for the sake of flying with GGL and CCR in mind...

Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:39 pm

Dear Airliners readers,

On my previous report, I shared why I picked the B787, the other side of the coin for the flight back is the departure time: 2:30 am landing at 5am. It’s the worst possible flight for a tourist. I mean, you have to either book one more night in the hotel, wander in the city or go the lounge.
I choose the latter from both the Hilton Club lounge in Sentral where I remained until 4pm. I took the KLIA express and arrived in the lounge at 5pm.

For the full review:
http://www.youtripreport.com/report/flight/125-review-about-the-flight-kuala-lumpur-doha-with-qatar-airways

After a very short walk (crossing the street) I arrived t Sentral station. The round trip cost is 20€ for KLIA express.
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The journey does not take long, roughly 30 minutes. At 4:45 pm I passed by the check in counter. As much as I love lounges and airports, I was weak, beat and I began feeling sick.
With my boarding pass in hand, I cleared the security and immigration very quickly thanks to the fast track.
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I made my way to the First Class lounge and straight to the restaurant. I would say, we are very far from the real First Class experience. I would say Business plus more than first.
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While I sat, I enjoyed to view with TK arriving from Istanbul.
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Let’s check the menu:
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My salad arrived… Boring choice. Come’on MH you can do better!
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For the main, I picked the Miso Beef. Tasty, tender, a great meal. The presentation could have been better.
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The bread basket arrived after my main… No comment.
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I was still hungry and decided to go with the Caesar salad.
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Again, I was still hungry… I picked few things from the buffet:
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I decided to remain in the restaurant until 11pm since it closes at that time. With my laptop plugged, there is no need to move
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After a long shower, I just sat close to the buffet where I could “kill” the watermelon. It was then time to board.
There is one thing I hate the most in KL is the false “boarding or last call”. It defeats the purpose. You have another security check.
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I was happy to see the B787 again:
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Eric the great FA took my jacket and welcomed me.
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My seat for the next 7h30
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Shenzhen Airlnes, an old pal back in the days I lived in China, flying twice a week from PVG to SZX.
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Menus were handed out and I told Eric that I would be eating 1h prior to arrival.
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Safety video (it needs to be changed since Neymar just left Barcelona -;(
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As soon as we took off, I changed to my pyjama and put my seat into a bed.
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Being so sick, I felt very cold and required 1 more blanket. Eric gave me 2 more. I passed out within a minute and I had a good rest thanks to the flat bed.
I woke up 1 hour away from Doha and ordered just the meat wrap.. Not the best, not the worst.
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Sunrise (sort of) as we were close to land.
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I then took a cab to the Ritz Carlton paid by QR!

Bottom line :

Another good flight with Qatar even if it's harder to give a notation since I spent most of my time lost in my dream... and healing.

Eric was professional and smiling to all my requests.

The lounge : The menu needs to be changed more often.

Even if I like the B787, I would try to avoid that flight to enjoy a full experience.

Thanks for reading.

I'll be taking few flights in august, send me a mail if you need a lounge access. I'll be happy to invite you. For the list:
http://www.youtripreport.com/News/Details/180-lounges-for-free-follow-me

Thomas

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