Day 1: Flying from Miami to Amsterdam

In the morning I was picked up about 8:15 am by a local shuttle service and then headed to the Miami airport. After a bit of traffic on I-95, I arrived at the Miami Airport around 9:15 am. Amazingly there was no one in line for check-in and security took less than 2 minutes. Having the Global Entry card that provides TSA Pre-Check makes going through security much easier and faster now. Once through security I found the Delta Terminal at the Miami Airport to be really nice and easy to navigate, plus the Delta lounge was one of the nicer ones I have been in. My flight left right on time, even after an issue with a passenger’s oxygen tank. The flight then arrived in Detroit early and I had a couple hours to spare before my flight to Amsterdam.

I decided to fly through Detroit since the Detroit to Amsterdam leg was on a 747. Since I had business class tickets this was one of my major reasons for choosing this flight because of the upper-deck part of business class. The upper deck only has 15 seats, which makes for a much quieter flying experience. The seats are also the ones that recline fully flat, which did help somewhat but still not the best to sleep on. I probably got a good 2 hours of sleep on a 7-hour flight. The flight from Detroit left a few minutes late but arrived in Amsterdam the next morning about 25 minutes early.

Upper-deck for the front part of business class

Upper-deck for the front part of business class

Upper-deck for the back part of business class

Upper-deck for the back part of business class

The newer international business class seats for Delta. The beds fully recline and you are in your own pod.

The newer international business class seats for Delta. The beds fully recline and you are in your own pod.

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