My Beef with Last Minute Tickets


I'm working in NY this week, and I was looking forward to both of my flights. SFO-JFK round-trip in P.S. - upgrades cleared in advance. Nice. Everything was set to be a pleasant experience. On Friday, I found out that I actually had a meeting on Thursday, instead of my last meeting ...
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United Express in the New Livery


I apologize if this is old news, but while I have seen the proliferation of new United paint jobs over the past few months, I have not seen any of the United Express planes in their new dressing until today. Today I actually saw four of them! Leaving Salt Lake City, I saw one parked at a gate. ...
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Trip Report: Aspen, Colorado


We just finished up four amazing days in Aspen. Read on for the full trip report!
We arrived on Sunday on the United non-stop SFO-ASE flight. That flight may just be a regional jet, but wow it sure is convenient to be able to fly non-stop from home to Aspen, Colorado. It takes so much ...

For the Best Views While Skiing: Heavenly Lake Tahoe

While I don't love the mountain layout, the not-as-good-as-Colorado/Utah snow, or the long lift lines, the view really cannot be beaten at Heavenly Lake Tahoe. If you're going to Lake Tahoe for the first time, do yourself a favor and check this place out! Click "Read More" for more pictures. Click any of the pictures to get a full-size view!

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US Airways Denies Me the Open Window Seat, Gives Me First Class


Today I flew to SLC via PHX from SFO on US Airways. I had a window seat from SFO-PHX, but I was in the middle from PHX-SLC. I tried to check-in last night and change my middle seat, but while there were at least 5 window seats, US Airways wanted at least $22 for one of these "choice ...
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Taking Off at Telluride Airport (TEX)


I just finished an amazing week at Aspen and Telluride. I'll make sure to get a trip report up in the near future, but I thought it best to start with the last part of the trip, leaving Telluride. This airport is unique for a multitude of reasons. First off, at 9078 feet above sea level, it's ...

Aspen and Telluride Next Week!

The trip starts with a non-stop SFO-ASE on United. We'll do a day of snowmobiling and two days of snowboarding, coming home in the afternoon to the St. Regis hotel. We'll then spend a day driving down to Telluride, where we'll be staying at the Peaks Resort and Spa, which is actually the first time I've ver used United miles to book a hotel! After three nights there, we're flying home on US Airways TEX-PHX-SFO. I'll be sure to post a trip report when it's all done!

Ever Seen a Plane this Empty? Thai Airways BKK-KBV


I typically mean to post trip reports immediately after a trip. Then there are those times that I wait eight months to do it. Now would be one of the latter times . Today is January 31, 2011. This flight was on April 24, 2010. Eight months late is still better than never! Click after the break ...
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Main Cabin Select: Cross Country with Virgin America


Virgin America doesn't get too much airtime on frequent flier messageboards, podcasts, blogs, etc. It's likely due to their mediocre frequent flier program, lack of any status, and lack of routes around the country / world. I've only flown Virgin American (VX) from LAX-SFO and back before. ...
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Another UPGRD Podcast, Another Day Marriott Rewards Gets Ragged On....

In the most recent UPGRD podcast, Marriott Rewards once again gets called out for being one of the "worst" programs out there! Is it the best? Nope. Can you get some great value out of it? Yup. I don't feel like writing a super long post, but I'd like to tackle a couple ...
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Do You Have a "Jailbroken" iPhone? Here's a Quick Tip!


I know this post will only apply to my fellow geeks out there in travel land, but I use it enough that it's worth sharing. iPhone jailbreaking is the process of hacking your iPhone so that you can run unofficial code on it, allowing you to load a multitude of unofficial applications, ...
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Using Marriott Gift Cheques for Paid Stays Instead of Using Points

If you're a Platinum Marriott Rewards member, you're able to spend 135,000 points to get $1000 of gift cheques (in $50 increments). These cheques can be used to pay your hotel bill at any Marriott owned property. The primary catch is that you can only use them to pay for publicly available rates ...

Thanks for a Great 2010

It has been another great travel year for me. I've finished the year up with over 150,000 miles on United and about 20,000 or so on Alaska. Thanks to both airlines for treating me so well this year and making my travel life easier on me. United, especially, has done a great job this year. Not only ...

Just Had one of United's New Scones in First Class


When United announced that they would be bringing Poppies scones to their flights, I was a bit skeptical. It's not that I have anything against scones, except that they are usually dry and make me feel like I'm chewing on sawdust. Other than that, I find them great. Yesterday morning I ...

Trip Report: Grand Cayman


We took a trip to Miami, Grand Cayman, and St. Kitts a month or so ago, but I haven't had the time to put up a trip report of the various segments until recently. Apologies for the delay. Read on to hear about our experiences in Grand Cayman!
We arrived in Grand Cayman on American ...
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Heading to Miami? Make Some Time for the Everglades!


I just came back from a long vacation in Florida, Grand Cayman, and St. Kitts. One of my highlights had to be my half day down at the Everglades. I think many people don't realize what an amazing place the Everglades is. Furthermore, it's SO convenient to do a half day trip there from Miami. ...

Double Dipping: Use Irregular Operations to Your Advantage

 
When flying somewhere via a connection, it's never fun to see your first flight delayed, making it physically impossible for you to make the second. In many cases, your first reaction might be to just get really upset, think about having to spend the night in your connecting airport, ...
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UA Brings an Old 747 Back from the Dead!


Yesterday (August 10)  I was on the 6AM SFO-ORD flight. UA has been using a 747 more and more often for this route, and I love the fact that I can get a mediocre sleep the night before, get to the airport, flatten out that seat, and sleep like a baby for a few extra hours, getting me into ...
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Review: Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve


Before I get into my detailed review, I will say two things:
This is, by far, the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at. The UPGRD podcast about Marriott Rewards was completely wrong in saying that there are no good properties to redeem at. On my business trip to India, I decided to ...
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