I just cleared US customs and immigration here in Shannon, Ireland. What an awesome experience. No, immigration in and of itself typically isn’t fun, but I was the first in line and the agent that helped me was the same lady in the CNN Business Traveler episode with Richard Quest that says “welcome to the United States.” She laughed about the fact that I recognized her and couldn’t have been nicer. She even wrote down my blog URL (whether or not she visits is anyone’s guess, heh). We talked for a few minutes, and now I’m sitting here in the departure lounge waiting to reboard our flight to JFK. While the stopover isn’t all that fun, the fact that I’ll arrived at JFK without having to deal with a rude immigration officer and long lines will make the rest of my journey that much more enjoyable.
Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to enhance his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile at a Time.