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Midnight Layover in Dubai and Flying with Emirates for the First Time

Midnight Layover in Dubai and Flying with Emirates for the First Time

My flight to Istanbul recently was actually my first time flying with Emirates, and surprisingly, it was also my first time visiting Dubai for real. Back when I worked as a flight attendant, I flew to Dubai a few times but it was never with a layover due to the short distance between United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

So in this post, I’m going to write about my experience of having a red-eye hour flight with Emirates and spending a few hours for layovers in Dubai after midnight.

My flight was changed by the Emirates a couple of times since I booked the ticket earlier this year. As a result, my ETA in Dubai was slightly before midnight and I had to find out the best things to do around Dubai when almost everyone fell asleep.

Surprisingly, while there’s a lot of information about transit in Dubai, I barely found anything about a layover in Dubai after midnight. So that’s why I’m trying to fill the gap by writing this post!

So, how was my first flight with Emirates and what could you do in Dubai for your midnight layover? Here we go! 🙂

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Review: Shuttle Service From Bandung to Jakarta Airport with Bhinneka

Review: Shuttle Service From Bandung to Jakarta Airport with Bhinneka

So, after almost two years of not leaving my hometown, I finally made my first trip overseas since the pandemic. Although, if I gotta be honest, I felt like I had to start from square one because things got a little awkward with all the health protocols and all.

When I tried to book a shuttle bus from Bandung to the airport in Jakarta, I was a little lost on where I should book the ticket first as if I had never done it before. Eventually, I made a booking through Traveloka with Bhinneka Shuttle. 

It was my first time using Bhinneka Shuttle since I usually used Primajasa or Cititrans for the shuttle bus to Soekarno-Hatta Airport. However, I decided to give it a try since I got a discount on Traveloka and the ticket for Bhinneka Shuttle is the lowest one compared to other shuttle companies. 

I paid for only IDR 165,000 (around $11.55 USD) from their pool in Pasteur (which was convenient for me, as it’s close to my home address!) to Soekarno-Hatta Airport. Since I already booked a hotel close to the airport and the hotel management told me that they’d pick me up at Terminal 3, I asked the driver to drop me off there. 

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AirAsia Premium Red Lounge: Is It Worth Upgrading Your Flight Ticket?

AirAsia Premium Red Lounge: Is It Worth Upgrading Your Flight Ticket?

As someone who used to work for AirAsia years ago, I had to admit that I always tried to be as vigilant as I could be when it comes to the benefits that I could get from purchasing any of their products. Call me petty, but I spent my early 20s trying to absorb their product knowledge, and I still missed out on a thing or two that made me lose both temper and money.

From dealing with some irritating passengers (a guy from the House of Representative of the Republic of Indonesia once threw money on my face simply because he didn’t want to pay for freaking IDR 25,000 – around $2 USD – for a check-in service fee!) to even missing the payment for some excessed baggage that made me have to pay from my own salary!

Only when I already resigned, I finally realized the benefits of knowing their product knowledge by heart. That’s why I didn’t even bother to freak out when I missed my flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta on my last trip. At the time, I just booked a room at Tune Hotel Aeropolis KLIA and then another flight ticket for the next day. I rarely upgrade my flight ticket, but since I was flying from Kuala Lumpur at the time, I decided to upgrade it to Premium Flex since I got a chance to experience their AirAsia Premium Red Lounge at KLIA2 terminal.

So, is it worth upgrading the flight ticket?

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5 things to do when you miss your flight

5 Things to Do When You Miss Your Flight

Have you ever missed your flight? I have, twice. It’s quite ironic, given the idea that I used to work for airlines, and tardiness is considered one of the biggest sins in the aviation industry. But yeah, I’ve missed my flights in the past.

The first was a flight from Padang to Jakarta when I traveled with a group of fellow students, and our chaperone was so sure that we weren’t gonna miss the flight, but we did. I have to admit, this event is probably why I prefer traveling on my own to doing it with a group.

The other one was the last flight I took from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta. It was basically my fault, if not the website glitching. I was so sure I booked for the afternoon flight when I purchased the ticket on my netbook. But by the time I arrived at the airport, as it turned out, I actually bought the morning flight and missed it by a few hours.

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Review: Vietnam Airlines Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City (VN 674)

So, just a couple of hours ago I already wrote this very post for like 1000 words until I clicked save draft, got an error message, only to find out that neither the 1000 words nor the 4 photos I uploaded were saved. It was such a buzzkill, especially since I’m genuinely on the writing mood after weeks of traveling!

For those who follow my blog, you may notice that the last few recent blog posts, most of them are either guest posts or sponsored. But now that I’m back home, I will start updating my blog with my Indochina trip journey. Mind you, this has been a journey full of ups and downs so stay tuned for the update! 😐

And this time, I’m gonna share with you my experience of flying with Vietnam Airlines for the first time. After having a short layover and staying at Bary Inn Hotel close to KLIA, I flew directly from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City with the airlines using VN 674 flight. So, how was my experience?!

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