USA 2012 – Stage 5 – ORD – BOS – JFK – Hotel

Having finally understood the Chicago transit system we arrived at the airport. Check-in and security both quick and efficient. Straight to American Airways, so-called “flagship” lounge. No screens, no announcements, no power sockets. In First class on flight ORD-BOS. Very good service and food (wine served from bottle). At BOS there was no “flagship” lounge but the normal lounge was much better. BOS-JFK: meal was a bag of nuts, even in first. At JFK collected luggage (nice and quickly) and struggled with the transfer system to get to the hotel, which is next to the Port Authority Bus terminal not far from Times Square. Although it is a suite hotel it wouldn’t be fun for more than a couple of days, even though the room has a kitchenette. Ate at Heartland Brewery, typical American comfort food. After picking up some food at Subway and eating it in the hotel we set off. Shuttle to JFK was there waiting so we boarded. Six of us had to stand and it was only after a few blocks that the driver noticed so we had to get off, get luggage and wait for the next bus. Traffic was very, very slow but we had plenty of time. At the airport check-in was deserted so the staff had time to try and work what had happened to our seats, eventually giving up and referring us to “Debbie” from special services in the first class lounge. Reasonable lounge, but Wifi was not working. Ate in the Club lounge(barbequed, bone-free beef with smashed potatoes followed by a lemon slice. Both delicious.

Tried to check in at hotel for our flight to find we had been from the upper to the lower deck. Not happy, so phoned up but no-one could really explain what had happened. Decided to get to the airport early.  Before heading to our final shop at Macy’s we checked out the bus stop for the bus transfer. The ticket seller advised us to leave an hour earlier than planned as all the world leaders were in town for the opening of the UN session!

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