A visit to Komatsu (the city), Japan

A visit to Komatsu (the city), Japan

So since I have a decent amount of free time on weekends, and a huge stash of Avios points – and it costs only 4,500 points each way (and $3 of taxes), I decided to explore Japan. Today, I’m going to to Komatsu – the only thing the city is really known for is the eponymous construction company. In light whereof, there’s apparently the world’s largest dump truck parked near the main station, as well as a fairly impressive car museum. So here we go. 

A few days in Koh Samui

A few days in Koh Samui

So as I wrote earlier, the ultimate destination for this trip was Koh Samui. Having only been to Bangkok, I wasn't sure what to expect – on the one hand, it's a tropical paradise destination, and on the other, the beaches around Koh Samui didn't strike me as being particularly amazing as far as swimming goes. I am not one to ever miss a mistake fare opportunity, though, and between the Bangkok ticket being incorrectly priced at Hong Kong prices and the villa being given to me for free, I wasn't about to complain!

A new trip, and a half a day in Zurich

A new trip, and a half a day in Zurich

A bit of background is in order first. A long time ago, there used to be a really fun frequent flyer program called US Dividend Miles, courtesy of the now assimilated US Airways. Awards were well priced, but far more importantly, they were manually processed, which means if you could convince an agent that "Barcelona" was a South-American sounding city, then you could easily fly New York – Barcelona – Mexico, for instance. No checks were performed, and quite literally, if you got an agent that knew that Hong Kong was actually on the other side of the world from Honduras, you hung up and called right back, and here you go, round-the-world itinerary with stops in South Africa, Australia, South America and Greenland for good measure. It was basically like bmi's program, although a little bit less egregious (with bmi, agents were geographically incompetent and lax, so you could book a short economy leg, append a long first class leg, pay the short economy fare, then send your boarding passes for the first class leg, earn 300% mileage flown on those, and suddenly find yourself with more miles than you started with. A true perpetuum mobile for miles, but that died when BA bought them).