You have no idea how excited I am that there’s finally an Admirals Club in Orlando. I’ve been through this airport eight times in the past year and had exclusively flown American Airlines on these trips. And I’ve sat in the main rotunda every time waiting for my departure. Every trip I check out AA.com or Priority Pass (yes they have lounges at MCO but not plane side in Terminal B that I can go to) looking for a lounge I can use. And every time I’m denied. Well as luck would have it finally on April 14th my dreams had finally come true, an NEW ADMIRALS CLUB!!! YIPPEE. Continue reading
Trip Report April 1st 2017 Dallas to Kona 4/1 767-300
American Airlines Flight 229 Departing 10:45 AM Arriving 1:46 PM
Business Class Seat 4A
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
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
As 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
Day 8 Little league game family time Continue reading
Hello again. You miss me? I hope you’ve not forgotten about me. I could come up with a million reasons why I’ve not posted in over a YEAR but I’ll save you the excuses and just say I was lazy.
The crazy thing is, that I’ve had some amazing times doing some fun stuff and even documented them on my phone, so I could have content to post to the blog. But for some reason I just didn’t finish any of posts.
So what have I been up to the last 18 months? Well let’s see. My family and I sold two houses, moved once, our daughter started kindergarten and will be in the first grade in a few months. We went to the Maldives for two weeks (and that was six days after we moved). I visited Turkey, Manchester, and Munich all on one trip that included Oktoberfest too. We went to Hawaii for a week over spring break too, and three visits to Disneyworld. Add in all the work trips which equated approximately 175,000 miles in the air and over 150 segments. That being said I’m not writing this to brag or make you feel sorry for me. It’s just a way to explain what the heck I’ve been up to.
Last month my wife and I got to see Adele in the SPG suite at The o2 Arena in London. For me this was an incredibly decadent way to redeem my SPG points for an event that I would normally not be able to buy tickets for. Starwood, has a really cool redemption option called SPG Moments where you can redeem your points for concert tickets (like these), baseball, hockey and even other events. Two years ago I even redeemed them for two luxury box seats at Wrigley Field to see a Giants game and it was INCREDIBLE. Continue reading
This review is a long time coming. In August our family went to Maui for a weeklong vacation and on our trip home we had the opportunity to fly Hawaiian Airlines First Class A330-200 from Maui’s OGG airport to San Jose, Ca. This was my first time flying Hawaiian up front on a “longhaul” trip. I was excited to try out their Aloha spirit and even happier to cap off a wonderful vacation with a hopefully wonderful flight home. Continue reading
Let’s get this clear I’m loony. Looney looney looney. I’m the guy that flew to Dubai 3x in 6 weeks with only 8 hours on the ground for each trip just to earn miles, it didn’t hurt that the ticket was dirt cheap. Or flying to Seoul Korea for 6 hours just so I could experience Singapore Airlines first class on the a380 flying home.
Now that we’ve established to what lengths I’ll go to prove my looniess (is that even a word). Let’s get to the point.
This week I spent three nights in Kansas City, Missouri and two night in Indianapolis, Indiana. Being that it’s a new year and my hotel status reset, I had a choice to make. It was very simple with top tier in three programs Hilton, Starwood and Hyatt and the desire to keep at least two of them if not all three for next year; sorry Hilton you might be the odd man out. I needed to start staying places. All three programs let you qualify on nights or stays. For me stays are always easier to attain then nights. Hilton 30 stays/60 nights, Starwood and Hyatt 25 stays/50 nights. In all three cases I always make it on stays yearly and sometimes as the year rolls down I’ll get it on nights too. But latter doesn’t happen every year. Continue reading
Well this was a busy year on the travel front for me. I think my 160 segments is the most I’ve flown in on year, but I’d venture to guess the mileage total was about 25,ooo miles short of my all time high. Although, I don’t have accurate records to validate against. Here’s how things broke down The 2015 Edition. Continue reading