Tag Archives: O’Hare

In Chicago

I landed in Chicago about an hour ago or so.  Dad and I are at our hotel watching the Twins game.  The trip was fine and I have all my stuff.

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Coming Home

I just bought my plane ticket home. I’ll be landing at O’Hare on October 7th at 4:40 PM Central Time.

Getting To Dublin

About 48 hours ago, 9:00 AM Central, I was leaving Algona in the van, headed to O’Hare. I took a quick nap in the van, but it couldn’t have been more than an hour, maybe an hour and a half. We got to the airport without any traffic snags. Dad dropped Mom and I off at the Departures gate and went to park. I was through check-in before Dad was back. I was first in line and spent a grand total about 10 minutes getting my bag checked and my boarding pass in my hand. Mom, Dad, and I spent a little time in the concourse before I went through security. Continue reading

Flight Booked

I booked my flight today. I’m taking a direct flight out of O’Hare (ORD) to Dublin (DUB) on Aer Lingus on September 23rd. It was a little more expensive than American or United, but not really that bad. I was willing to pay at little more because:

  • It’s a direct flight. When I went to Dublin last time, I had to go through Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) and stop in Shannon (SNN) in thanks to the “Shannon Stopover“. I usually travel with only a carry-on, so the extra stops are just time on my journey and a minor annoyance (until you get stuck at the Charles DeGaulle Holiday Inn Express because you missed your connection in Paris). I’m checking a bag this time for the first time in probably 6 years, including 3 seperate trips to Europe, because of the lenght of my stay. I feel a little better with less places for what will be, in effect, all my worldly posessions to get lost.
  • It’s a foreign carrier. As long as prices are close, I’ll gladly pay a bit of a premium to not fly on a US-based carrier. When I went to Spain I took Air France. The difference in service, comfort, and staff is amazing. Hopefully my experience with Aer Lingus is as pleasant.