Review: American Airlines Dallas to Kona Business Class

Trip Report April 1st 2017 Dallas to Kona 4/1 767-300

American Airlines Flight 229 Departing 10:45 AM Arriving 1:46 PM

Duration 8:09

Business Class Seat 4A


Finally in Hawaii. I love deplaning onto the tarmac

After an unexpected overnight delay in Dallas and an intervention by an AAngel who got me on the nonstop from DFW I was set for Kona. I was excited to fly nonstop to Hawaii from Dallas, this was the longest domestic NS I’ve ever flown clocking in at 3724 miles.I went to the plane about 10 minutes prior to boarding, people seem to always be happy going to Hawaii, and this was no different especially when it was during spring break. Once they started boarding I made my way onto the plane. The AA 767 is mostly used for long-haul domestic flights and shorter international destinations. These are some of the older planes in the fleet and although I enjoy the lie flat seat the fact that these planes don’t offer in-seat entertainment, Wi-Fi or in seat power in coach so on an eight hour trip this could be a slog. Continue reading

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3724- My Longest Domestic Non-Stop Flight

So I was going on vacation to Kona Hawaii for 10 days and I was excited. It was our first vacation since August of last year and we all needed it. There was a shave ice emergency and the only way to cure it was a trip to Hawaii. We had a simple trip planned. I was to fly home from Wichita on Friday night, get home around 10 pm and in the morning, the three of us would fly direct to Kona from San Francisco. Easy pesy right? Wrong!

I got delayed in Dallas due to who knows what by American Airlines. First no plane, then mechanical, then no crew, then no plane again, the list goes on and on. Finally by midnight yes midnight, I had enough. If I left in the next two hours I’d have less than two hours in SFO before my flight. And that was assuming no other delays. That’s assuming we actually left by 2 AM, which was not even confirmed. I called AA and asked them to reroute me direct from Dallas to Kona. The first agent said no, I spoke to him for over 20 minutes and he would Continue reading

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28 Days

CaptureAs has been the norm over the last five years, I tend to travel a lot. Frankly sometimes too much! But hey it is what it is. Well to that point over a 28 day span this was my schedule.

Day 1 Fly to Phoenix for spring training

Day 1-2 Hang out in Phoenix catch some rays and see a few ballgames

Day 2 Head to Vancouver

Day 2-7 Work in Vancouver

Day 7 Fly home

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My Daughter’s Famous… Well Sort Of



Getting ready to hear the “Bing Bong Song” for the first time as part of the movie

Ok so she’s not famous…Yet. Though, as a parent of a four year old, I’m incredibly excited for my daughter’s feature film voice debut in the newest Pixar release Inside Out. She only has 4-6 lines in the whole movie, but when I hear them I know it’s her and that’s all that matters. Her voice is one of many that plays young Riley. In her case it’s the 3 year old memory of Riley playing hockey and singing the “Bing Bong Song”. Listen for it in the first 10 minutes. Continue reading

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Let The Holidays Begin

Traveling is not always all it’s cracked up to be. But most of the time it is. I’ve had a pretty busy end of November and most of December. I really enjoy spending time seeing new sights and getting to spend time on planes, especially when on vacation and when I get to sit and sleep in a suite like this.


Asiana a380 first class!!

That being said in the past month, I’ve been away from home 25 of 28 days, and I’m just looking forward to Continue reading

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A Trip Of Firsts, Our 10 Year Anniversary Vacation


Getting settled on Lufthansa LH 491 Seattle to Frankfurt



Cashing in my last 300,000 United miles

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco

Flying First Class on Lufthansa Seattle-Frankfurt

Rubber Ducks, Cured Meats and VOSS – Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt

Flying First Class on Thai Airways also on the a380

Thai Airways Domestic Business Class -Bangkok to Koh Samui

The Conrad hotel Koh Samui

Flying Asiana Airlines on the a380

Visiting Thailand and the island of Koh Samui



For the first time in a long time, three and a half years if anyone’s counting. My amazing wife and I are going on our first solo vacation without our little princess. Please don’t get me wrong, we have had plenty of great vacations during DINKhood, and lots of spectacular ones afterwards with little S, but celebrating a milestone of this magnitude required something epic.

In this case flying around the world would do the trick and cashing in my last 300,000 United Airlines miles for us to fly First Class to Thailand was in order. Neither of us have ever done either of these things and I thought this was the best way to celebrate such a special occasion.

I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand, I think the kindness of the people and the amazing blue water are what have drawn me in. I’ve never been there save a 2 hour layover at the airport a few years back so having almost a week there has me giddy as a schoolgirl.


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Mamas Fish House – Paia, Hawaii


Happy 10 year anniversary

There’s not much to say here except that this is by far one of my favorite places to have dinner when visiting Maui. I have only been to the island three times, but my wife has always made it a point to make sure we have one meal here. It’s right on the beach and although a very large restaurant, it’s broken up into many smaller dining rooms, so you never really feel like you’re in a crowded place even though it probably seats 200+. Being that it’s so iconic it’s THE place to visit on a special occasion, like ours.

As usual the food was amazing and the service was excellent. We also felt welcome bringing our kid, we didn’t see too many there during our visit, but there were a few. Always a plus when you’re not the only parent that gets to bring your kid out to dinner on a very very special occasion and knowing others have too. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.


The entrance to the parking lot

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Making Cofffeeee



Kona Coffee on my in-laws farm is truly a labor of love. Except for the husking and roasting the rest of the process is 100% manual. When we were visiting last week we had a chance to help harvest some of the trees. They have a small stand of some 50 or so, and can produce a fair share of real Kona Coffee right here on the Kona Coast each year. It’s a pretty cool process to watch and participate in (although I really only watched), my wife and daughter did all the harvesting. Continue reading

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Review: The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

For our 10 year anniversary we had lots of choices of places to stay in Maui, I was trying to stay at one of the Starwood properties, there are three here. Initially we had booked using points to stay at the Sheraton Ka’anapali Resort, it was close to $300 per night so we opted to use points instead and on a 5 night stay we got the room for 8k Starpoints per night instead of the usual 12k. Being a hotel it appeared to have the usual amenities, was on the beach, had a kids club and offered free breakfast for SPG Platinum guests.


Lobby reception

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What’s in your backpack? (What to bring when flying with kiddos)

As a parent of a three year old daughter who’s not only precocious, but not one that’s interested in sitting still, and who’d rather play preparing for a plane trip can be intimidating. At home getting her to sit down for anything other than a meal or TV is nearly impossible. Now I know I’m not the only parent that has this dilemma, it’s a pretty common one in fact. Kids like to play, run around and just do stuff. And frankly that’s what I want her to do. It’s an important part of her child development.  Besides they can get bored easily, so having a slew of entertainment is important regardless of the situation. I’m not an expert in picking travel distractions, but with at least 15 air trips with our kid since she was eight weeks old, and taking three major international trips to the Maldives, Australia and London. I can at least say I’ve learned a few nuggets of information worthy of sharing.


The travel backpack

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