We finally get to take our very first points redemption flight. The original flight booked a year ago was to have us fly to Asia from the West Coast. However, EVA Air went ahead and canceled the flight back in April leaving us with no way to get to Taiwan using our points. I had come to terms with the fact that we’d have to pay for premium economy seats. But luck would have it that I would come across a tip online – available award flights to Taipei leaving from the East Coast. This would entail flying east to catch a transpacific flight backtracking westward. So here we are – 36 hours in NYC.
Our brief time in NYC allowed us to test drive my newly acquired Hyatt Globalist status – early check in, 4PM check out, free breakfast, and suite upgrade.
First order of business after dropping off our luggage was to hunt for breakfast
Free breakfast the next morning was at Parker’s, the hotel restaurant.
Thirty-six hours in town was enough time to meet up with all our family and friends, with some time left over for some sightseeing.
The initial plan of museum hopping fell apart as there was just no time to do it all without feeling rushed. So Joe and I took a nice stroll in Central Park.
Autumn in Central Park gives you a small taste of fall foliage. The colors aren’t quite as brilliant as what you’d find further north in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine, but still a nice change from the brown vegetation that we’re surrounded by in SoCal.