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God Morgen From Copenhagen!

by on April 2, 2011 · 8 comments

in Delta, Mileage Runs, Trip Reports

Just got off a fun filled JFK-CPH flight with a bunch of Thepointsguy.com readers! It was great getting to meet so many of you in person – I get a lot of messages, but it’s a rare treat to put a face with an email address. Leigh, Lauren, Kevin and the others whose names I didn’t get – I look forward to many more mistake fare trips :-)

The flight was fine – we ended up in the exit row with a seat between us; aka poor man’s business class. When I got on the plane there were two Danish people in our seats and they got angry when we claimed our seats. They tried to tell us to move to the row behind, which was empty and I said, “Why don’t you?”

Danish guy: “Because I’m tall and I need the exit row.”

I almost busted out laughing – I was several inches taller at 6’7″ and I booked the exit row months ago. He got lucky and picked it up on day of check-in, so don’t try to throw me out of my seats. I would have pulled out a “Don’t you know who I am? I’m a Diamond Medallion!” line for laughs, but I don’t think he would have known what Diamond Medallion meant. Anyway, I won the chicken fight and the couple retreated to the row behind us. As a gesture of goodwill, I gave them my “Have one on us” coupons when I heard them order cocktails (only beer and wine is free in coach on transatlantic flights). All was well in the world.

Anyway, check out the pics of our luxurious 757 ride across the Atlantic. The plane was far from nice, but I thought the crew was fantastic. I actually had one of the same flight attendants as my Stockholm trip a couple weeks ago and she remembered me. She’s actually doing Stockholm again (as am I) next week, but we will miss each other by a day. I really appreciate this crew – I had forgotten an amenity kit (eye shades/ear plugs) and they hooked me up in my time of need.

In Flight Entertainment Like It's 1999

Chicken Dinner. It wasn't as bad as it looks, but that's not saying much

Busted Window Shade- This Plane Needs a Little TLC

On a sour note, our connection at Noma fell through so it doesn’t look like I’ll be going, but I’m sure I’ll find another good restaurant. Any recommendations/connections are appreciated!

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  • Mark

    Hilarious about the couple that tried to take the exit row. What are people thinking sometimes? I wouldn’t have been as nice as I am sure you were. And, you even gave them a free drink. You really take the high road. :)

  • Gregory

    Hey! Since Noma didn’t work out, I’ll throw Fiskebar out there again. If you want something similar to Noma though, check out Geranium or Kong Hans Kaelder. I ate at Kong Hans Kaelder two weeks ago and did the 8 (ish) course tasting menu with wine pairings. It was pretty spectacular, plus it’s in the oldest building in Copenhagen. Jealous that you’re there, I miss it already.

    Oh, also, if it’s not too late, check out Christiania. It’s something to see for sure.

  • Dean

    OMG will that flight attendant be on the Thursday flight to Stockholm?!

  • Jordan

    I was just in Copenhagen last week on the mistake fare…
    At the Town Hall end of the Strøget, there’s an amazing shawarma place called Shawarma Grill House (don’t confuse it with another one of similar name only a couple places down)… It’s some of the best I’ve ever had. The basic shawarma was only 36dkk, but it was delicious. Their hot sauce was also to die for. I had to go back for seconds before I left! Not exactly Noma, in fact like totally the opposite :)… http://shawarmagrillhouse.dk/

  • Josh

    I’m assuming this is on Delta-why didn’t your 757 have PTVs with AVOD? My understanding was the 757 transatlantic flights had 16 BusinessElite recaro recliner seats and slimline seats with PTVs in Y. Last minute substitution for domestic 757? I can imagine the BusinessElite passengers were not happy about this…

  • The Points Guy

    @Jordan- I ended up getting Shawarma- not at the place you recommended, but a different one and it was absolutely amazing. Who knew Danes made such good shawarma?!

    @ Josh- its an old Northwest 757 that is equipped with BusinessElite, but does not have PTVs in coach. Probably their worst plane internationally- I’m thankful for sleeping pills and exit rows :-)

  • Lauren

    It was awesome meeting you and I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Will shoot you an email later this week too :)

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