Starting off from drizzly Manchester... it begins!
This is how my DoubleTIPPLE works:
Flights and travel
Outbound, UK to USA
04/25 08:00 MAN-DUB RyanAir - £22
04/25 12:30 DUB-IAD Aer Lingus - £88 & 13k Avios
Return, USA to UK
04/29 11:20 WAS-NYP Amtrak train - £38
04/29 19:20 JFK-MAN Virgin Atlantic - £27 & 2k Miles
04/25 Intercontinental The Wharf - 35kIHG
04/26 Residence Inn Capital View - Cat 1-5 cert
04/27 Renaissance Capital View - DoubleTIPPLE HQ
04/28 Renaissance Capital View - DoubleTIPPLE HQ
And here’s how it turned out, in Eastern time -
01:00 Wakey wakey (thats 6am in England)
01:15 Lift to airport.
01:30 Queue for security, belt off, iPad out, toiletries out, pockets emptied.
02:00 Security cleared.
02:15 Flight gated, queue at Gate.
02:45 RyanAir flight boarded seat 32A £22.
03:06 Take off from MAN,
03:46 Land at Dublin airport.
04:00 Passport cleared.
04:05 Selfie time in Dublin, scenic, eh?Well, at least its blue skies...
04:15 Queue for security (again) belt off, iPad out, toiletries out, pockets emptied.
04:30 Security cleared.
04:45 Breakfast, coffee and bacon barm.
05:05 Queue for American preclearnce machine.
05:06 Get preclearance slip, go down to preclearance area.
05:10 Queue for security (yet again!) belt off, iPad out, toiletries out, pockets emptied.
05:20 Security cleared, queue for USA passport control.
05:40 USA Passport control cleared.
05:50 Flight Gated, wait at gate.
06:45 Flight called, boarding begins. My status at BA puts me in boarding group... let’s see, Z, yeah, Z!
07:10 My bird to DC, for all you avgeeks out there!
07:15 Boarded and found my accommodation for the next 8 hours
07:50 Take off from Dublin
15:25 DoubleTIPPLE lands at Washington Dulles
15:50 Wait for 5A bus for L’Enfant Plaza
16:10 Bus journey begins
17:05 Arrive at L’Enfant Plaza
17:30 Check into Intercontinental on the Wharf
As I was making my way to the hotel I passed shake shack after checking in hotel returned there to grab a quick burger and a beer, only to come across the First casualty of tourism, local customs. In DC fast food places won’t serve beer without identification, and cautious TIPPLEr I am, I’d left my passport in my hotel room. So for the rest time in 30years I was refused a beer! I’m not sure that’s good or bad!
Let the TIPPLing begin, lining ‘em up
So here I am sat in the Intercontinental bar burning my free drink voucher on a Caribbean Kicker. It’s a surprise as I’m used to eating my chilles, not drinking them. Pleased they serve free water. Gosh, chillies in drinks, that’s foul.. Luckily the Dc Brau is a better choice!