Don't Forget That Old Mileage Plus Number Quite Yet...

I walked into the SFO United Club today, and as usual, I gave them my boarding pass to scan for my membership. Usually this is a two second process, but the agent asked me if I was a member. I said that I was, and she said she needed my Mileage Plus number. I did my best to try and remember my new number, but she stopped me and said, "No... the old one..." I remembered that one.

After I sat down, I logged into the T-Mobile WiFi. Once again, I tried my new number. No go. I tried the old one. Success.

I'm sure there will be similar cases of this over the next couple weeks. It looks like it's not quite time to un-remember that old Mileage Plus number yet! 

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W Hotel Austin Texas Review ~ Corner Suite


We just finished up a long weekend at the W Hotel in Austin, Texas, and we really had a great stay there. This stay was actually a combination of a paid stay for business and a points stay for pleasure. Luckily, we didn't have to change rooms when the stays switched over.
The hotel is ...
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Analysis of 3/1/2012 Starwood Hotel Category Changes

Thanks to Ben, I noticed that Starwood had posted their annual set of category changes. Starwood, like most hotel chains, assigns a category to each hotel, and this category is roughly designed to reflect the prestige / cost / location of the property. For example, as New York is one of the most ...
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The Continental Calzone: United Airlines Phoenix to Houston

I don't typically blog about my boring business travel. Every now and then there's something surprising like an emotional support dog or WiFi on a United filght, but today I just felt that not only was the service really great on the United (Continental) flight from Phoenix to Houston, but the food ...
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Fun Travel Story: Stumbling on the Grammy Award Maker's Shop


Yesterday, we had the Grammies. My fiance and I plopped down in front of the TV and watched a bunch of people Adele win cool golden record player awards. We couldn't help but reminisce back to the time when we accidentally stumbled upon the grammy maker's shop almost exactly a year ago and got ...
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0 for 4: ROUGH Week with Upgrades on United Airlines!


Ouch! I haven't had this many consecutive upgrade-less flights since before I was a 1K with United four or five years ago.
 
Tuesday, Jan 31 - UA 252 SFO-DEN, A320
No Upgrade
 
Thursday, Feb 2 - UA 1663 (CO Operated) DEN-IAH, 737-800
No ...
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United Airlines Boarding Process Creates More Gate Lice: Premier Golds

First, let's define gate lice, according to Urban Dictionary…
Passenger, often inexperienced flyers in Kettle Class, who crowd around or line up at a gate at an airport completely blocking the boarding area and preventing First and Business Class passengers from being able to get on ...
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When Free Hotel Internet Sucks

I'm so sick of hotel internet. Why does it have to consistently suck? Sure…. there are exceptions. The W in Seattle had pretty fast internet last week, and i can think of a couple other properties that have had decent internet speeds, but by and large, hotel internet is awfully slow. To think ...
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Hilton Honors Responds to SPG: Enhancements for Elites


Starwood rolled a bunch of great updates for Platinum Members this week. I won't re-hash them all. You can read about the changes here and here. And if you want to read Gary's thoughts, go here. My thoughts will come in a future blog post.
Today, Hilton responded. Previously, Elite ...
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This is My "Emotional Support Dog"


So I'm checking into the my flight at the United Premier section of SFO, and things are going just fine. I notice a man with a dog to the right of me. I take notice because it doesn't look like a seeing eye dog, and it doesn't have any sort of "clothing" on to identify itself as a special ...
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Reader Question: Living in Dallas w/ Monthly Trips to L.A.: Which Airline?

I've got a reader question that I wrote a response to, and after writing a long response, I decided it might be appropriate for everyone. Bakersfield Ramin writes...
Hey There!

So I'm in Dallas now, and i fly back to Los Angeles every 2-3 weeks, and I figured that American Airlines ...
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2011 Status Qualifications: Where I Landed

Last night, I took my last flight of the year, and boy was it a doozy. Now with the year in the past, it's time to reflect on milestones I hit in 2011, and what I'm hoping for in 2012.
United Airlines

It was a good year for me on United. I started the year off as a 1K, and I wasn't ...
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Delta Airlines OAK-LAX: My Worst Delay Strikes Last in 2011

 
I'm writing this post on my MacBook Air from the tarmac in Oakland. We're plopped in one of Delta's finest CRJ200 regional jets. That's sarcasm, if you couldn't tell.
If your first reaction is, "Delta flies from Oakland to Los Angeles??" you're in good company. I had no idea until I ...
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My 2011 Quick Travel Videos

When I'm traveling, I take pictures of everything. Every now and then, I see something so neat that I decide to film it. And every now and then, I like what I filmed so much that I edit it and stick it on YouTube.
When I was in Shanghai, I thought it was pretty cool that I got a ride in the ...

SPG First Quarter Promo: 2x and 3x Points, Discourages Hotel Hopping

It looks like SPG just announced their newest promotion. The Points Guy writes a fairly long summary here, but here's the basic gist:
Two night stays earn double points. Stays of three nights or longer earn triple points. This is an interesting promo for a couple reasons. First, it's ...
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Two United Airlines Gate Agent Pet Peeves of Mine


I have a few pet peeves of United Airlines Gate Agents, and coincidentally, I'm bumping into two of these this morning. Granted, I think many of these irks are characteristics of ALL gate agents, regardless of airline, but I have the most experience with United. Here are the following that I'm ...
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