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Old 05-24-2013, 10:40 AM   #736
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Aww, so sad its over. We should plan a Dis Mom's trip to Hawaii.

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Old 05-24-2013, 10:54 AM   #737
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Aww, so sad its over. We should plan a Dis Mom's trip to Hawaii.

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Old 05-24-2013, 11:44 AM   #738
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Thank you so much for this trip report. Question: did you take any pictures of the flight back in first class? Was the first class section worth it? Whenever I look for award tickets in first class on United my searches always come up empty! Any advice?

Thank you again for an awesome trip report!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:18 PM   #739
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You can sign me up for a DIS Moms Hawaii trip! Absolutely loved following along on this adventure. I am dreaming about a trip to Hawaii and have filed away all of your tips for future use! Especially the surf school... that sounds SO cool!!!

The rainbow is a perfect farewell!!

Off to read about your latest adventure.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:16 PM   #740
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Thank you so much for this trip report. Question: did you take any pictures of the flight back in first class? Was the first class section worth it? Whenever I look for award tickets in first class on United my searches always come up empty! Any advice?

Thank you again for an awesome trip report!
OMG!!! You totally reminded me about the flight home! So I am not complete until I do this last post- THEN I am done!

We DID fly home first class, on United. We were not able to get a direct flight with our miles, so we would be flying overnight to O'Hare and then have a brief layover before flying the short flight to NJ- the second leg would be in coach.

To answer your question, mefordis, NO it was NOT worth it- but that was because we were on a crappy old United plane. The whole point of flying 1st class home from Hawaii is to be able to sleep in those nice, big, reclining with a FREAKING FOOT REST seats.

HOWEVER....since we were on an old crappy United plane that had not yet been updated, we enjoyed NONE OF THOSE PERKS. Most notably, the foot rest, which when you are short, like me, is KEY to the whole thing- without a footrest, my feet just dangled off the too- big seat (The seat being all puffed up made it impossible to touch the floor) so my feet and lower legs were THROBBING for the last 4 hours or so of the flight. I was NOT happy. Neither were my kids- who got on the plane and IMMEDIATELY noticed- we had no individual tvs, either. On the plus side, being in first class, we had blankets (although I bring my own) but they made an announcement as soon as we were boarded that there were not enough blankets for even half the plane, so they would keep the cabin warmer as a solution.

I freakin HATE United. They have TOTALLY ruined my flying time AND everyone else's.

So, mefordis, my advice to you would be do your research- if you are on an updated plane, then by all means, GO FOR IT! If you have our experience, I would stick with coach and just upgrade to the premium seats. And bring your own blankee from Travelsmith! http://www.travelsmith.com/coolmax-t...ket&redirect=y

Anyway, also included in First Class were all beverages AND dinner. So we had-



As we waved goodbye to-



Timmy and Tyler were in the row behind us, and they had some airline guy put up a curtain to his two seats for the flight (I guess to sleep).





For dinner, there was-



Gnocchi for me, maybe some chicken too?-



And I think crepes with spinach and chicken for Pods? Not sure now-







What I DO remember, was that for dessert, we all got ice cream sundaes- THAT was the best part of the whole thing!





I think everyone else slept except for me- I tried and tried but just could not because my feet were dangling. When we got on the plane in Chicago- back in coach- I think I was sleeping before we even took off. Go figure! But my feet could hit the ground in coach, so I could recline and be pain-free- kind of key to some sleep, for me.

And THAT, my friends, is REALLY THE END!


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Old 05-24-2013, 01:39 PM   #741
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Ah, so sad your awesome trip is over ........

I just love the rainbow bidding you farewell. That is just magical.

Now, the plane ride home, even in first class does not seem all that much fun. for ice-cream sundaes, but the food does not really excite me at all. We are flying business to Orlando this summer and I expect a bit more than that from Lufthansa.

Thanks for taking the time and letting me (and all of us here) travel along with you all. I really enjoyed the trip! Thank you so much!
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:03 PM   #742
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So sorry to see it all end, but you had a wonderful trip, great memories that will last a lifetime. And hopefully you and pods can go back again sometime in the future!

Love the rainbow at the end!
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:30 PM   #743
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Wow, thanks so much for those final airplane pix! What a totally bummer about first class being on an old airplane! What nerve of United for a 7+ hour flight!!!! They stink! Also, you never know if they switch equipment at the last minute so you could book on a nice airplane then they could go and switch it on you and give you a crappy one.

What is your next trip going to be? We are thinking Hawaii but I have a 4 yr old who is a total PIA so I don't know if I want to go too far with her until she is through with the bratty stage.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:33 PM   #744
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So Sad it is over !! I am hoping for a Free Trip to Hawaii next year !!!
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:36 PM   #745
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Sorry about the First Class being not so CLASSY!!!!
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:48 PM   #746
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You know, Podsnel, I think I would have drank 3 bottles of champagne all by myself just to make up for the lack of reclining seats and personal video screens!
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:50 PM   #747
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What a totally awesome trip! I enjoyed being along for the ride.

Too bad the first class accommodations didn't work out like you wanted, bummer. The food didn't look to bad. I do have to say judging by the looks of the attendant's arm in the background of one of the photos, the stewardess looked pretty ancient!
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:45 AM   #748
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Thank you for the wonderful TR! What an amazing trip you had. It was very helpful in our planning, we had an amazing time I truly think it would be impossible not to in Aulani.

Counting the days until we can go back!

I would have been very peeved at the first class situation, I swear between TSA and baggage fees and all of it, flying is a chore.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:55 AM   #749
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Great TR as always Ellen. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip!
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:08 AM   #750
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Wow....

Sorry to hear about the negative experience with United.
We flew direct form JFK on Hawaiian Air....coach, and I must say it was the best plane/service/ flight experience I have ever had.
From the crew who are Hawaiian (friendly and proud) to the lighting and music they play on board- to the larger sized seats (each with a pillow and blanket!) and everyone has there own entertainment sytem with free programming and for a fee movies and extended packages. We also recieved two meals for free each way! One was a hot pasta meal, and the other a sandwich......I will never fly to HI on any other airline. Cost was $810 roundtrip.
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