Hello from Charleston, South Carolina! I am writing this post in my my hotel room at the aloft hotel in Charleston. Last night a number of the First2Board bloggers met in the hotel lobby and enjoyed a few hours together.
When I first learned about the Charleston Session I immediately searched for flights to Charleston. Basically I had three choices:
1-Fly non-stop on a US Airways regional jet for 20,000-25,000 miles round trip and pay a $25 award ticket fee
2-Fly on Southwest Airlines with a stop in Chicago certainly not the most direct route for 11,520 Southwest Rapid Rewards points round trip
3-Drive from Philly to Baltimore and fly non-stop on Southwest Airlines for approximately 8,000 Rapid Rewards points round trip.
My experience with small airplanes has not been the best. When I flew from Santa Barbara to LAX the flight was shorter than the time it took us to get from terminal 4 to terminal 1. Also I preferred not to check any bags and on a smaller plane at a minimum I would need to gate check my roller bag. That meant a delay when I arrived that I preferred to avoid.
If I flew out of BWI I would have to take a two hour drive alone or my husband would drop me off in front of the airport in Philly. I decided to go with option 2 flying out of Philly with a connecting flight in Chicago. That is right I flew two hours west to fly south to Charleston.
On my way to the airport I received a text message that my connecting flight from Chicago to Charleston was delayed by 20 minutes. My first thought was, I going to be spending the night in Chicago?
Both of my flights on Southwest Airlines were only delayed briefly. I spent my layover at Midway with my seat mate I met on my first flight and the time went very quickly.
The flight crew on my Southwest flight from Chicago to Charleston was very entertaining with various stories, songs and one-liners before, during and after our flight landed. Free fun and entertainment another benefit of Southwest Airlines.
So glad to be spending the weekend at the aloft in Charleston with First2Board bloggers and readers.