- Getting to EWR
- Newark to Singapore
- Singapore to Koh Samui
- KC Beach Club Koh Samui
- Conrad Koh Samui
- Koh Samui to Penang
- Penang to Macau (via Hong Kong)
- Conrad Macau
- Macau to Taipei
- Taipei to Austin
Prices out of Austin to Newark were ridiculously over priced ($300-$400 one way) since we waited until the last minutes to book flights. They were cheaper options to La Guardia and JFK but the hassle of transferring airports before a 18 hour flight to Singapore didn't sound too appealing. We lucked out when there were ~$150 tickets an hour drive away in San Antonio to Philadelphia Train Station via Newark. We would obviously dump the train segment and just get off in Newark and even with a one way car rental to San Antonio, we would come out ahead.
It was an easy hour drive to San Antonio airport and with no lines in the premium security line, we were in the tiny United Club in no time. The lounge looked "refreshed" and new and I still don't know if it was recently renovated. The only amenity lacking were restrooms in the lounge.
Our flight to Newark was operated by a Airbus 319 and with only 8 first class seats, we were pleasantly surprised that both of us cleared the upgrade list with my Premier Gold Status. Lunch was a choice of an okay shrimp salad or chicken wrap and an oily broccoli soup.
I managed to get a nice after lunch nap before waking up to a beautiful views of Manhattan during the descent.
We had six hour layover in Newark and instead of tracking down to the city, we simply spent the time finishing up some work, email and the blog in United Club.