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GoGo WiFi now $14.95 on United P.S. flights! :-(

$15 for WiFI?! Are you kidding me? I thought $12.95 was steep, but $14.95 really stinks! I’m writing this post from UA 14 Premium Service SFO-JFK on March 1, 2010. I think they just raised their rates today, March 1. The funny thing is that I just played the GoGo game to get a free internet session here. It gave me a FREE internet session up to $12.95 value. I wonder if it will work on the $14.95 United P.S. flights. I’ll try it next time. Anyhow, I think $10 is a fair price to pay for cross-country WiFi. $12.95 seemed steep, and 14.95 really seems bad. I hope people use it less. I guess they just count on business users to not care and expense it.

FlightTrack Pro & TripIt: A Match Made in Heaven

Do you travel frequently? If you’re answer is no, then you may not be interested in this post. But if you’re answer is yes, then let me rock your world :) . When bouncing from airport to airport, sometimes on different carriers, it can be tough to keep up to date on flight delays, gate numbers, etc. FlightTrack Pro from Mobiata gives a great interface for tracking ALL of your flight information. Combine it with TripIt and you get all of your ...

Comparing My United First Class Meal with My US Airways $7 Salad


A few weeks ago I was flying in United First from SFO to ORD, and I ordered the steak salad for dinner. I was pretty disappointed when my salad  only had three tiny pieces of steak in it.As I was eating the salad, I was thinking to myself that the offerings on United’s Choice Menu are far superior to this steak salad. It really drove home the fact that not only are first class meals getting worse, but also that United (and many other airlines!) ...

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Cloud Surfing with United on my way from SFO to ORD!

This is a pretty cool video I was able to snap with my iPhone 3GS, flying from SFO to ORD on United a few weeks ago. Beautiful sunset with a perfect layer of clouds. Even cooler was seeing other planes in the distance surfing right along the tops of clouds like us! I didn’t catch that on video, unfortunately. Enjoy!

United / US Airways Frequent Fliers in DTW – Be Sure to Check out the Lufthansa Lounge!


Many people don’t realize that as a Star Alliance Gold flier, they are entitled to certain Star Alliance lounges with their elite membership card. I’m a United 1K and Red Carpet Club member, but even if I had no RCC membership (heck I could even be Premier Executive!), I would still be entitled to Star Alliance lounge access. This is really useful in some places, and not in others. One place that it’s GREAT is in Detroit’s airport. All of ...

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Picking the Best Headphones for the Road Warrior


As both a fan of music and a frequent traveler, I have been in constant search for the best pair of headphones. Like many, I started first with the included iPod / iPhone earbuds. To be honest, I actually find them to be pretty good, especially when walking around the city. The added convenience of the speaker for talking on the phone makes them a great default pair of headphones. But my love for these default headphones ends immediately when i step on a ...

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Host Your Child’s Next Birthday Party at…. The Courtyard by Marriott???


So I’m currently staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Billerica/Bedford about 20 miles north of Boston. After finishing my delicious meal at The Loft, I returned to the hotel and found a stack of fliers and a poster advertising that the hotel was now hosting birthday parties. HOW FUN! Chuck E Cheese’s, broomball establishments , and the local family fun centers better watch out! J.W. Marriott is going to come and throw the biggest and baddest kids’ parties of them ...

FINALLY! The SFO United Red Carpet Club Gets the LAX Treatment


Months ago, the United Red Carpet Club in LAX got a pretty big upgrade, in terms of food. Towers of cereal replaced the stale croissants. The bagels and toast were FINALLY complemented by a toaster. Yogurt covered raisins, trail mix, etc – the food got better. I end up in that Red Carpet Club pretty often, but it bothered me that my hometown (SFO) didn’t get the same treatment. I just walked into the club a few minutes ago, and I saw the same ...

Posting from Gogo Inflight Wifi – on Delta Airlines from SLC to MSP!


Hello from the sky! I’m en route from Salt Lake City to Minneapolis right now. I’m surfing using the onboard Gogo Wifi. VERY cool stuff! This is my first Delta flight in years, and my first ever flight with free WiFi. C’mon United… Hurry and catch up! Continue reading for my speed results.

All in all, feels pretty snappy. It seems very similar to the speed I get when tethering on my iPhone – you have that ...

Cancun, Mexico's Swine Flu Protection

Yes... This will surely stop it!

Yes... This will surely stop it!

I flew into Cancun a few days ago, and in addition to the typical paperwork that needed to be filled out upon entering the country, I was given a new, highly sophisticated form. Hah – it’s pretty funny. It’s just a piece of paper that lists a bunch of flu-like symptoms and asks you if you’ve had them or not. It made me laugh because if I have the flu, I’ll probably stay home from the ...

United Airlines Choice Menu: My Impressions


This past Friday, I flew LGA-IAD-SFO. My upgrade from Dulles to San Francisco didn’t clear, which was a bit of a bummer. However, I knew that United had a new “Choice Menu” that they were testing on the SFO-IAD routes. I was excited to give these new food options a go. The flight attendant walks up and down the aisle, passing out paper menus to everyone. I think having an actual menu is a nice touch. There were three sandwiches and three salads to choose from. Here is ...

The NeckPro Traction Device - SkyMall sells a noose!

Are you serious???

Are you serious???

During one of my flights earlier this week, I was browsing SkyMall to see what sorts of new useless, overpriced goodies I could buy for myself! Boy was I delighted to see the “NeckPro Traction Device.” I’ve had some neck pain before. I’m sure we all have. If you need a solution to this pain, look no further than SkyMall’s noose “easy-to-use over-the-door cervical traction device!” Thanks to SkyMall, we no longer have to worry about the mechanics of constructing a suicide device breaking “the muscle spasm / neck pain cycle.” Just look at the guy in the picture… Hilarious…

Bye bye, Clear Pass - Clear to Cease Operations

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Done any traveling over the past year or so? If so, you may have seen little blue kiosks near security at some major airports. These clear lanes offered a way for “pre-screened” customers to get priority boarding. The product was flawed from the start. As a platinum member, Marriott gave me a year of free Clear access in 2008 so I was able to try it out. I got my fingerprints and retina scanned, got a little card, and that let me skip the airport security line. The ...