Using our preferred travel method we started the trip with a night at Rydges Sydney Airport. Had the plane spotter room ( of course!) . Honestly I would be happy if this were my holiday. We visited the club 9 bar for a drink. Here we could not only watch the planes but also smell the aviation fuel when people opened the doors to the outside seating.
(Almost a full moon)
This time we were able to enjoy the late checkout of 1pm. Usually we are out of the room by 5 am but this time it was an evening flight. Enjoyed breakfast then was back at the window watching planes.
Was so excited when I saw our plane land from its Phuket trip. Flying Jetstar I was a little concerned as I’d seen them cancel the Honolulu flight a lot in recent times. Credit they had a plane out of action ( yes I know plane nerd stuff haha).
We arrived at the airport check in knowing we had a wait for our check in time. While waiting, a woman sitting next to us gloated about her ( and husband’s) upgrade to business class on our flight and how she had responded to the email offer in less than 3 minutes. You can imagine my less than enthused face haha.
While sitting waiting for check in and, then standing in line, I had 3 people ask me if I was waiting to check in for Bali ( they were checking where they needed to be). I reassessed my appearance as I didn’t think I looked like a Bali holiday person. Must have been the fact I hadn’t straightened my hair ???? Surely it wasn’t my neat, conservative, black and white spotted skirt, black t shirt, Pandora jewellery, jewelled sandals look???
It was announced we couldn’t check in until we had USA security check us, as a flight to Honolulu is a flight to USA ( really???Nooo???). The ‘check’ was of our passports , copy of ESTA ( sent a lot into a panic mode looking for emails of confirmation) and evidence of first night accomodation ( another panic for some). Not for us. We had ‘The Folder’… complète with our daily planned holiday schedule though the guy declined reading it – not sure why. Then we joined the Jetstar check in with a little silver sticker in our passports.
However it seems not everyone had lined up in the ‘security check’ line first. At the next counter to us, big stickbeaky ears heard the person hadn’t yet received confirmation of their ESTA. Felt sorry for her as Jetstar tried to locate it on their system but couldn’t. Last I heard they were changing her flight to the next day in hope the approval was completed by then. Ours took around 48 hours to be approved when we applied.
This time it was Brian who had the body scan. No ‘hot butt’ for me this time , but of course I did get checked for explosives.
I was impressed with our Jetstar flight. I hadn’t set the bar high but they exceeded it. Boarding was easy and fast. We took off on time.
The flight was on a Dreamliner. If inclined you can read about it here. https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/dreamliner
It really did leave your skin feeling hydrated, the seats were quite roomy in economy ( would be much better in business class lol) and I guess this all helped me in my ability to stay awake so long once we landed.
The staff were great. The only annoying part was a cabin crew member – let’s call him Adam for arguments sake. In the row in front of us were a couple. She ( yes I always eavesdrop lol) was a QANTAS cabin crew member and had been for 30 years. Well, Adam was bowing and scraping , apologising that they could only seat them in that row as they were unable to change the seating of the exit row passengers. Fancy that! Passengers weren’t prepared to give up their $59 extra cost seat so a staff member paying probably a 10% fee could have the comfort .
In a very loud voice ( makes eavesdropping easy) he told them he would compensate them with blankets ( that they could reuse next flight if they aren’t treated right) champagne , vodka (extra strong) free dinner and breakfast. Each time he brought these things he gushed asking if the flight experience was going ok. Adam , my flight experience was not going ok seeing what theses people received that I didn’t. Poor old Adam wasn’t even assigned to this section of the plane ‘upfront seating’ but the back of the plane so he was looking a little stressed at times doing the race between cabin spaces. I think Adam might be looking to upgrade to QANTAS cause he promised at the end of the flight with much handshaking ‘to be in touch’ now he has their ‘deets’. Or was the handshaking of another secret style. I have no idea but I hope it goes well whatever it is, for his effort.
Arrived at Honolulu 7 minutes early … to s vision of a flight of about 25 steps up ‘Arrivals’. The escalator was broken 😱😱. Caught the wiki wiki bus to immigration – no way was I walking!
After a discussion of my name as apparently the person before me was also Kerry Anne… a feigned giggle that yes it was a popular name in Australia ( is it???) … a struggle with the fingerprint machine ( it’s digital by the way, I had been thinking how annoying it will be to have ink on my hands)… collecting my luggage from the baggage carousel I was in the land of Trump. ALOHA 🌴 🏊♀️ 🏝 🇺🇸