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Off to Colombo and Around the World

When we visited the Maldives last year, we returned on the last of our ex-CMB First Class tickets... an amazing now gone $4,000 round trip First from CMB to anywhere in the US with stopovers and free changes.  On our outbound, we flew CMB-KUL-LHR-LAX-DEN on SriLankan, Malaysia and British Airways.  But when Mrs. SFO told me that "no, I am not going to fly home from Paris via Sri Lanka" I knew that the gig was up.
 
But the deal was too good for me to cancel my return and pass up a great mileage run opportunity.  So I decided to fly the return to insure my Executive Platinum re-qualification for this year.   I planned my itinerary to fly the new American 77W and the new Qatar A380.   After debating a variety of CMB-DEN options including Air India, I decided on a discounted Male-HKG-LAX Business class ticket and upgraded HKG-LAX with AsiaMiles.  Hope you enjoy the next 72 hours of planes, lounges, food and drink.
 
• Admirals Club Denver
• American First Class Denver-Dallas 
• Admirals Club DFW
• American First Class 77W Dallas-London
• Qatar First Class Lounge LHR
• Qatar First Class London-Doha
• New DOH Terminal
• Qatar First Class Lounge DOH
• Qatar Business Class Doha-Colombo
• Lounge CMB
• Galle and Colombo, Sri Lanka
• SriLankan Lounge CMB
• SriLankan Business Class Colombo-Male
* Leeli Lounge MLE
 
Original Itinerary...
• Cathay Pacific Business Class Male-Hong Kong 
• The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
• Qantas First Class Lounge HKG
• Cathay Pacific First Class Hong Kong-Los Angeles
* American Flagship First Class Lounge LAX
• American LAX-Denver
 
Actual Itinerary caused by IRROPS...
• SriLankan Business Class Malé-Colombo
• SriLankan Business Class Colombo-Singapore
• Singapore Airlines The Private Room at SIN
• Singapore Airlines First Class SQ2 SIN-HKG
• Lounge Hopping in HKG
• Singapore Airlines First Class SQ2 HKG-SFO
• Delta Airlines Economy Comfort SFO-MSP
• Delta Airlines Economy Comfort MSP-DEN
 
Another beautiful Denver morning as I headed out to DIA.  With lots of time as my flight showed an hour delay, I decided to save some money and get some exercise by using the Long Term parking lot.    
 
 
 
 
My itinerary was too much for OLCI so I had to stop at the American counter.
 
 
 
Big lines at North Security but there was no one in the PreCheck lane and I was thru in a couple of minutes.
 
 
By the time I got to the Admirals Club, my flight was now showing a two hour delay.  Always wonderful AAngel Laurie quickly rebooked my on the next DFW flight, bagging the last F seat.
 
 
The Denver Admirals Club.

 
At T-40, I headed out to the gate.
 
 
 
My original flight.   Boarding in 22 minutes? 
 
 
With no plane, I don't think so.  
 
 
Whoa.  Gate lice?  Not usually the case here at AA.