Woohoo - made it to LaLa Land. Trying to get over the jetlag.
The travel day started early at 5am Friday UK time (9pm Thursday LaLa time) for a 6am MAN-LHR hop followed by a transfer from T5 to T3 and then 3 hours in the No1 lounge and then boarding for my noon LHR-LAX Virgin PE flight burning up 60,000 VS miles for the return journey for the 2 of us. After an hours delay we departed LHR and enjoyed a most comfortable beer-laden flight to LAX. Immigration and Customs were fast, as was baggage, but the 10 mile transfer to the Intercontinental Century City was not, taking well over an hour. We finally checked in at 6pm LaLa time , 21 hours after awaking!
This is a Virgin Atlantic and IHG redemption-fest spending the 60,000 Miles I've earned over 2 years on the Virgin AMEX and 180,000 IHG points and 2 Credit Card certificates over the same period from the IHG MasterCard. I’m afraid Marriott Rewards has no part in this trip, but as I’m here I thought I’d post it anyway!
Happy wishes to all from LaLa land.