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Day 6 : Monday 18th June 2007

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From East Coast to Mid-Pacific

Today was another of those day's on my trips given over almost entirely to flying. I would be heading to Honolulu via Los Angeles, two flights of 5-6 hours each and a time difference of 6 hours (more than from Boston to the UK!).

The alarm went off at 5:15am and I wasted no time in getting up and ready so that we could drop the hire car back to Hertz. This was done without a hitch and we were soon in the terminal for a no-hassle check-in and only a small queue for security. In no time at all, we were settled in to the Admiral's Club enjoying a coffee and muffin (my friend was flying back to New York at around the same time I was flying to LA).

AA25 Boston Logan International (BOS) - Los Angeles International (LAX)

The advantage with flying domestically with a connection in the US is that you disembark the flight right into the departure hall, so there is no need to go through security again. I made my way to the Flagship lounge, one of American's rare first class lounges which I could access with my BA gold card. In contrast to the standard Admiral's Clubs, alcohol and reasonable food options were freely available. I remained in the lounge for the next few hours, taking a couple of brief forays into the terminal proper to have a look around, before my next flight was ready for boarding.

AA283 Los Angeles (LAX) - Honolulu International (HNL)

On arrival in Honolulu, my bag was about the absolute last to arrive at the carousel (so much for a Oneworld Emerald travelling in paid First - they must pay as much attention to priority baggage handling as BA). However, there was no queue at the taxi rank and, as with my trip to LA a couple of years ago, I managed to bag a stretch limo to take me to my hotel, the Hilton Prince Kuhio in Waikiki, a transfer that took about 30 mins. The hotel was much nicer than I expected and I received a good upgrade to a ocean view room on the 29th floor - the view from the balcony was exceptional.

Due to the time change and the amount of travelling I had done, I was fairly tired and decided to leave any further exploring until tomorrow and ended up just having a fairly early night.