A Weekend in New York City – Introduction
United Airlines First Class A320 Seattle to Houston to New York
Exploring New York City – Day One
Park Hyatt New York
Exploring New York City – Day Two
American Express The Centurion Lounge New York (LGA)
United Airlines First Class A320 New York to Houston
United Club Houston (Terminal C, South)
New York City – Final Thoughts

I decided to fly to New York City last weekend to spend a couple of days exploring the city given that I’ve never actually been in the ‘city’ in New York, only the airports, in transit. I’ve visited most cities in the United States that I’ve already wanted to, and the last one that was on the list was New York City. New York has always fascinated me before mainly due to the diverse cultures and atmosphere where you feel that life is lived daily.

Anyhow, I didn’t have any plans for last weekend (and by plans I meant flying… duh!), so I decided to call up Hyatt Gold Passport and see if the Park Hyatt New York was available for Saturday and Sunday nights using my two free Hyatt nights that I got from the Chase Hyatt Credit Card. Turns out that last weekend was the only time where they had free night availability for a couple of weeks – so I was very fortunate, I decided to redeem those two nights there. After all the Park Hyatt New York is a Category 7 hotel – and it costs over $1000 USD a night, therefore it made perfect sense to redeem my two free night there. Quickly after I booked it, I realised that the minimum check-in age is 21… but fortunately the hotel was super accommodating and they told me they’d just take out the alcohol and there wouldn’t be a problem.

As far as flights go, I booked a cheap last minute United First Class fare which cost just $100 more than Economy – triple miles and in First Class for just $100 more, sounds like a deal to me! So I was able to kind of make this trip ‘mileage run material’ and therefore I just need one more mileage run or trip domestically for this year to re-qualify for Star Alliance Gold.

Of course I was given the option to route via Chicago or Denver to New York from Seattle… but that wouldn’t have earned me so many miles as going through Houston! In the end, I booked the following flights:

01 May – United 642 Seattle – Houston departing at 23:40 and arriving at 05:46 (+1 day)
02 May – United 461 Houston – New York LGA departing at 07:20 and arriving at 11:53
04 May – United 369 New York LGA – Houston departing at 14:53 and arriving at 17:57
04 May – United 1099 Houston – Seattle departing at 20:22 and arriving at 23:10

Total miles flown was 6581, however since I purchased First Class, I ended up earning a total of ~21.500 miles. 6581 * 3 (class of service bonus) + 25% of 6581 miles (elite bonus with Miles & More).

All in all, I’m glad I was able to find a cheap First Class fare which earned me over 20k miles (which is 1/5 of the way to Star Alliance Gold with Miles & More).

The Park Hyatt New York completely amazed me, I loved every single detail and aspect the hotel provided. Out of all the hotels I’ve been to, it has become my favourite one, the staff, service, design, everything was first class and the hotel is truly a five star hotel. Not a single thing disappointed me or went wrong during my stay, everything was beyond my expectations and I loved it.

As far as New York City, I can’t believe I waited so long to visit New York, wow. I fell in love with the city, it just feels good to be alive there – you have people from all over the world in one place and the mixture and diversity of the cultures truly makes the whole experience of being in New York so much better. I shared my initial thoughts here for Day 1 and here for Day 2.

Stay tuned! The full report will follow!