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After a nice 4 hour nap, a shower, and I dropped my bags off 3 hours before departure. I am simply in the habit of this as it is traditionally the earliest I can check in for an International flight AND I like to be THE first, or at least One of the first people checking in. In at least 1/2 the cases, I don’t pay for the extra legroom or upgraded class of seat when I am flying to SE Asia so if I get there early, I have usually been able to get an emergency exit row seat. Read as: TONS of legroom. At 6’2″ (188cm) I am not a giant however any flight with lack of legroom is very uncomfortable for me.
On this Delta flight from PVG to LAX I was using points so for about $80 all in, I was able to upgrade to their Comfort + and get Sky Priority boarding and baggage. Plus the use of my Delta AMEX card is a nice little perk as I don’t need to pay for checked bags.
This Shanghai layover has been an Ok experience. I don’t particularly like anywhere when its cloudy and raining but the real bummer was how tired I was for about 14 hours of travel prior to arrival – even if the weather was epic, I think I would have been distracted by fatigue so the 6 hour hotel rest was very worth while.
I am very much looking forward to returning to China to check out Shanghai as well as Hong Kong and Shenzhen. A LOT of exciting things are happening in this part of the world. I cannot even imagine what it will all be like 50 years from NOW!
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