Introduction: Quick Run to Denver

Introduction: Quick Run to Denver
Review: United Airlines (ERJ-175) First Class Oklahoma City to Denver
Review: Hotel Indigo Denver
Review: Hearth & Dram
Review:  Denver Christmas Market
Review:  Pig & Sprout
Review:  Timberline Steaks and Grille
Review:  United Airlines (CRJ-700) First Class Denver to Oklahoma City

Last month, I made a mileage run to Singapore with the sole purpose being to move United Airlines’ Premier Gold to Premier Platinum.  The trip had a few setbacks, including a missed connection to Houston.  Due to the missed connection, I was not able to move to Premier Platinum.  This left me $400 short of the Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQD) requirement.  I needed to find a trip before the end of the year to meet the PQD for Premier Platinum.  With only one day to make this happen, I settled on Denver.  Denver is a short 80 minute flight from Oklahoma City.  I booked the flight in First Class roundtrip for $410.

The flight from OKC left early in the morning.  This was perfect because I would have a full day to explore Denver.

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flying over colorado
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sunrise at Denver

I checked into the Hotel Indigo in downtown Denver.  Thanks to the staff for allowing me to check in at 8 a.m., the normal check in time is 3 p.m.

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hotel indigo front desk
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hotel indigo king room

After checking in, I went downstairs to Hearth & Dram restaurant for breakfast.  The restaurant was gorgeous and the food was delicious.

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Hearth & Dram
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Bacon and chicken sausage omelet

I took a quick nap and decided to wander around the Downtown Mall.  I came across the Denver Christmas Market, it made me feel like I was in Germany.

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Denver Christmas Market
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gluhwein

Prior to my flight, I decided to have brunch at the Pig & Sprout.  It was a great decision, if I must say so.

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1st: chicken and waffles 2nd: DIY Pig in a blanket 3rd: pork rinds
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bacon bloody Mary

After arriving at the airport, I decided to check out Timberline Steaks & Grille.  The restaurant is a Priority Pass participant.

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Timberline Grille

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Finally, I took the short flight from Denver to OKC to end my 36 hours of travel.

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Final Word

I took this trip for the sole purpose of moving up a United Airlines’ elite tier.  While I accomplished that goal, the city of Denver surprised me.  I had a great time in the city and cannot wait to visit it again.

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