I wrote about How We Scored a $300 Roundtrip to Singapore. Now, let me share with you how we got there. Since I booked this trip back in April, I got in touch with my cousin, Joey Capili, via Facebook. Joey and his family live in Singapore and I thought it would be a great idea for us to meet during this trip. We exchanged many messages over the past few months and have agreed on an itinerary.
I let Joey do all the thinking for me. I really had no more time to plan for this trip. Since we came back from our trip to Kauai last summer (where we only paid $11/person for our plane tickets), we didn’t have any more opportunity to go on another summer vacation. Our kids were just ever so busy with cheer and football. Next thing you know, school started towards the end of August.
I guess in my mind I didn’t have much to worry about. I mean, yeah, I’ve never been to Singapore, but when it came down to packing my stuff, I truly waited at the last minute (or more like the last 2-3 hours). I procrastinated. I did not even pack the night before. I went to bed at 11pm on Tuesday night. I heard Nancy, and could hear her packing while the kids and I were asleep. I set the alarm at 5:30am, that’s when decided to pack. I heard how humid it could be at Singapore, so I focused on light clothing wear, shorts, cotton shirts, that was pretty much it. I also brought my Rainbow sandals, my loyal Skecher GoWalk shoes, and my Nike running shoes. I was set.
Our goal was to leave the house 9am. Our flight was at 1:45pm. We still had to make sure our 4 kids got ready for school. We finally left close to 9:30am. We quickly stopped at Wells Fargo Bank to pick up the foreign money that we ordered, and we were on the freeway headed for LAX shortly after that.
We got to Fox Auto Parks a little after 11am. After checking in our Prius, the Fox shuttle drove us directly to Tom Bradley International Terminal. We had already printed our boarding passes. As always, we like to keep our travel light. We each had a carryon luggage, a backpack, and Nancy also had her purse. There was no need for us to check any of our luggage, although, we did have that option to check two pieces for free.
We breezed through security and our next stop before we fly nowadays? Airport Lounges.
How to get free access to airport lounges
American Express Platinum (personal) or American Express Business Platinum by signing up, I was given a Priority Pass (PP) account. This card opened up a world of lounges for me to use. Priority Pass cardholders have access to hundreds of airport lounges worldwide. With Amex Platinum, you get complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge, International American Express, Delta SkyClub, and Priority Pass lounge networks. The deal with PP from Amex, the cardholder is allowed to bring a guest at no extra charge. During the first few times that Nancy and I traveled alone, this card worked perfectly for the two of us. Otherwise, if we had others who were traveling with us, the other travelers would have to pay an extra $27 to enter the lounge. In 2016, four of us went to Europe. On our flight out of LAX, we were scheduled to fly via United in Terminal 7. While there is a United Club lounge in Terminal 7, that lounge is not a part of the Priority Pass Program. I looked up the Priority Pass app, and learned that in
Terminal 6, there’s the Alaska Airlines Lounge that we could use. It took a bit of a walk, we factored in another 10-15 minutes in between terminals and that’s how we accessed the lounge. Since we had Evan and Caitlin with us, all of us could get in the lounge without having to pay extra. Evan and Caitlin were not Priority Pass cardholders therefore would need to pay $27 each. Instead of wasting an opportunity of using the lounge, Nancy and I took turns in using the lounge, while one of us cared for the kids. It was good enough for us to kill time, grabbed a little bite to eat, and then we all headed back to Terminal 7. We’ve also used our Priority Pass in Paris, Lisbon, London, and Stockholm