Tier Point Run to Sofia in Jan 2024

This is another installment of my series of TP runs to Sofia. In June, July and Dec of 2023, I did a number of trips out to Sofia, just to collect TPs. There was another opportunity in Jan 2024 to collect more cheap TPs, so here I am!

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A very old-looking AA aircraft at Miami
A very old-looking AA aircraft at Miami
A very old-looking AA aircraft at Miami
A very old-looking AA aircraft at Miami

Tier Point Run to Grand Cayman in Dec 2013: Day 3 – Miami (MIA) to Grand Cayman (GCM)

By Nige on Sun 15 Dec 2013 at 12:27
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Story: Tier Point Run to Grand Cayman in Dec 2013
Tags: American Airlines | GCM | Grand Cayman | MIA | Miami | Trips

Skype call using my headphones didn’t work properly – first second worked fine but then it cut out – I think this is a known issue with the microphone on the headset not working properly with Skype. Will need to review decision as to whether I keep these headphones.

The view over Miami
The view over Miami
The view over Miami
The view over Miami

Wandered down early to the gate and it wasn’t that busy. Went past a Chinese type food court thing which I love, so I may pay that a visit later on.

Flight: AA1552 Equip: n/a
Sched Depart: 11:30 Actual: n/a
Sched Arrival: 13:00 Actual: n/a
Takeoff: n/a Landing: n/a

Boarding was very leisurely – First Class was full as normal. AA always seem to bump people up if there are any spaces in First Class.

Clouds on the way to Grand Cayman
Clouds on the way to Grand Cayman
Clouds on the way to Grand Cayman
Clouds on the way to Grand Cayman

Had some champers when we got on board and there was definitely a feeling of going on holiday.

Took some photos over Miami after we took off. I switched with a woman that was going to be stuck away from her husband, so took the opportunity of being close to the window. Sample shots are below.

I was surprised how hot it was when we arrived at Cayman (that’s what the locals call it apparently), considering we had flown for only an hour (broadly) south. There was a real sense of holiday spirit with a Jamaican band playing Caribbean jingles.

On final approach into Grand Cayman
On final approach into Grand Cayman
On final approach into Grand Cayman
On final approach into Grand Cayman

I had to fill in a customs card and I was lucky enough to be able to go down an empty queue for transit passengers (or those on mileage runs).

When I explained why I wasn’t staying over, there was stunned silence followed by hilarity again. I’m getting used to it.


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Nige is one of the co-founders of The Billingham Blog and works as a freelance management consultant. He loves to fly in his spare time!

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