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Bye bye, Boston (plus a Logan travel tip)

2010 December 27
by amy

It’s amazing how productive I can be when the goal is going to Sweden on vacation.

Somehow, in the last 24 hours, I managed to…

  • unpack from my trip to Pennsylvania
  • do laundry
  • watch Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story
  • repack for my trip to Sweden
  • sleep 6 1/2 hours
  • spend about an hour and a half on hold with various airline personnel to clear up a booking mix-up with my Air France ticket and get booked onto a later connecting Paris-Stockholm flight since I’ll be missing my original connection (Thank you Irene at Delta International Reticketing. A complimentary email is on its way to your supervisors.)
  • rebook my Swedish bus ticket (on the phone, in Swedish — yes, after studying and speaking Swedish for 10 years, phone conversations still short out the connection between my brain and my mouth.)
  • call my friend Gun-Britt in Sweden to update her on the change in travel times
  • repack for my next trip
  • make it to the airport

And those are just the things I remember.

Now for the travel tip…

Since my flight is delayed from 5:20 to 8:00 tonight, I decided to eat at the airport and skip the inflight meal. (Yes, the airline meal is free and it is Air France food, which is better than your average airline food, but getting a headstart on sleeping is priceless.) This lead to a serendipitous discovery. If you eat at the Boston Dines café in Logan Airport’s terminal E (just outside the security check-in), your server will sign your receipt, which you can then present to the TSA agents who will allow you to use the first class security line.

I’m not sure if this is a limited-time-only perk or if it kicks in when you spend a certain amount of money (I spent just over $20), but it’s worth knowing if you have time to eat and the sercurity line is looking long.

In the end I don’t think it made much difference for me. Because I arrived so early, and because so many flights have been cancelled, the line wasn’t anywhere near as long as I’ve seen it.

I did feel special, though.

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