Welcome to my next trip report, which will recount my journey to three countries in the Middle East as well as to Turkey.
An Epic Middle East Adventure Many Times Over
A dear friend took an extended holiday in the Middle East in the spring. While familial and work obligations kept me from being gone for two months, I was able to go back and forth, enjoying key portions of the trip. The trip began in Dallas, where I flew the Qatar Airways A350-1000 to Doha in Qsuite business class. There, I spent five nights at the Four Seasons Doha, which was an exceptionally positive experience. I then flew home via Copenhagen, Helsinki, and London, enjoying the chance to experience a brand new Qatar Airways 787-9, Finnair A330, and British Airways 787-10, all in business class.
Next, I flew to Jordan…via Tokyo (as one does). JAL First Class from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Qatar Airways 777 Qsuite from Tokyo to Doha, then Qatar Airways A330 to Amman. Jordan was my favorite part of the trip, with time spent at the Red Sea, biblical sites, Petra, and finally Amman.
From Amman, we flew to Cairo, played tourist, and then visited Alexandria, staying at the Four Seasons in both cities. I then flew home via Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, London, Bogota, and Houston…oh yeah, I love a good mileage ticket.
Finally, I flew Turkish Airlines back to Istanbul, where I rejoined my friend before we flew home in Lufthansa First class via Frankfurt.
Here’s what you have to look forward to:
- American Airlines 787-9 Business Class Los Angeles – Dallas
- Thompson Dallas
- Four Seasons Dallas
- American Express Centurion Lounge DFW
- American Airlines Admirals Club DFW
- Qatar Airways A350-1000 Business Class Dallas – Doha
- Four Seasons Doha
- Park Hyatt Doha
- Great Coffee In Doha
- Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge DOH
- Qatar Airways 787-9 Business Class Doha – Copenhagen
- Aviator Apartment Business Lounge CPH
- Finnair A321 Business Class Copenhagen – Helsinki
- Hotel St. George Helsinki (Marriott Design Hotels)
- Great Coffee In Helsinki
- Finnair “New” A330 Business Class Helsinki – London
- British Airways 787-10 Business Class London – Chicago
- Oneworld Lounge LAX
- JAL 777-300ER First Class Los Angeles – Tokyo
- JAL First Class Lounge Tokyo NRT
- Qatar Airways 777-300 Business Class Tokyo – Doha
- Al Safwa Lounge Doha
- Qatar Airways A330-300 “First” Class Doha – Amman
- How To Obtain A Visa On Arrival In Jordan
- Kempinski Dead Sea
- Visiting Mount Nebo In Jordan
- Visiting Al-Maghtas, The Jesus Baptism Site In Jordan
- Navigating The Touts Of Petra, Jordan
- How Long Should You Stay In Petra, Jordan?
- Mövenpick Petra
- I Got Waterboarded At A Turkish Bath In Jordan
- Roadside Dining In Jordan
- St. Regis Amman
- Why I Prioritize Flying Royal Jordanian Out Of Amman
- Royal Jordanian Crown Lounge AMM
- Royal Jordanian A319 Business Class Amman – Cairo
- Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza
- The Drunk Woman From Alabama At The Four Seasons Bar In Cairo, Egypt
- Going To Church In The Muslim World: My Experiences In Doha And Cairo
- Genuine Egyptian Hospitality In Alexandria
- Four Seasons Alexandria
- Pearl Lounge Alexandria HBE
- Turkish Airlines 737 MAX 8 Business Class Alexandria – Istanbul
- IGA Lounge Istanbul
- Etihad Airways A350-1000 Business Class Istanbul – Abu Dhabi
- Al Dhabi Lounge AUH
- Gulf Air A320 Business Class Abu Dhabi – Bahrain
- Gulf Air Lounge Bahrain BAH
- Gulf Air 787-9 Business Class Bahrain – London
- United Club LHR
- Avianca 787-8 Business Class London – Bogota
- Great Coffee In Bogota Airport
- Avianca Lounge BOG
- Copa Lounge Bogota BOG
- United Airlines 737-700 Business Class Bogota – Houston
- United Polaris Lounge LAX
- Turkish Airlines 777-300 Business Class Los Angeles – Istanbul
- Lufthansa A320neo Business Class Istanbul – Frankfurt
- Hilton Frankfurt Airport
- Lufthansa 747-8 First Class Frankfurt – Chicago
I’ve got two more recent trip reports that I considered running first, but I’ve been doing that all year long, which is why this particular report is so delayed. Judging by its length, this report will take us well into the new year. I’ve teased several of these flights in the preceding months, but now look forward to offering extended reviews.
For all the clickbait on Live and Let’s Fly, I trust that regular readers will recognize the labor of love (and time, the currency of love) a trip report like this entails. It’s frankly daunting to look at the literal weeks of time, when all is said and done, this trip report will take. Yet in doing so I create not just fresh content, but preserve memories of one of the best trips of my life, which totaled 60,399 miles when all was said and done.
Thanks for reading!