Return to India: Part 3 - Frankfurt to Bengaluru on Lufthansa 754

May 17, 2017:
I was a little disoriented as I got into the terminal from the confines of the A343. It was colder inside the airport than inside the aircraft. I was weary and tired - I had been awake since 0500hrs US EDT, and the time was around 0000hrs US EDT then. A long day without sufficient sleep. I had a long walk to Concourse-C, and of course almost 7 hours of wait after getting there. I dragged my legs as I walked towards the next gate. I took off some time to use the rest room. I briefly contemplating taking some rest at a resting area I saw en route, but thought of waiting at the gate instead. I took the tram, and headed to the C gates. I headed straight to the duty free shop at Concourse C - I had pre-booked some stuff online - they took my payment in USD instead of Euro on request. After the duty free shopping, I headed straight to security check. The office at the frisking booth asked if I really wanted to go to the gate - he offered that I could roam around the other conc…

Return to India: Part 2 - Detroit to Frankfurt on Lufthansa 443

The flight back from Detroit to Bengaluru was part of my basic round trip booking. There was no involvement of mine in this booking, since I had just selected the ticket on the basis of cost. But then, this booking had some interesting stuff - this would be my first flight in an Airbus wide-body, and also the first in an Airbus quad engine! Yes - I was taking the Airbus 340-300. I did an online check-in a day before my flight and selected a seat over the wings in the forward half of the economy section. I did try if upgrades to premium economy were available - it showed unavailable - either due to my fare class or, it was really sold-out.

May 16, 2017:
After getting my bag, I walked towards the ground transportation centre. Although the ground transportation centre was located in the same level as the baggage claim, there was no direct way, and I had return to the upper level, take the passenger bridge, and take an elevator to come down to the ground level. As I reached the ground tra…

Return to India: Part 1 - Rochester to Detroit on DL4608

The decision to book Delta for my Rochester-Detroit flight was not easy. Delta (Connection) was the only airline flying non-stop from Rochester to Detroit, and they had multiple flights over the day. They were, however, not the cheapest. A quick search on multiple OTAs turned up multiple cheaper options from United and American. The difference was not very large. This left me thinking if I should take the risk of flying a connecting flight, or be done with a direct flight at a higher cost. I did not want to get stuck in Detroit, and decided to book the direct flight instead. This flight would get me to Detroit with over 4 hours to spare for my connection.

After having spent over a month in Rochester, and kind of adjusting to the place, it was not an easy task packing up. Some last minute purchases from Walmart added to the baggage, and I had to struggle a bit to pack all of it into the two bags I had with me. It was fun packing my bag - a lot of tricks went in to get all my stuff int…