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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Trip Report: Long Weekend at the St. Regis Punta Mita

Thank you, SPG Getaway Free Promotion. This promo let my fiancé and I enjoy a long weekend at the St. Regis Punta Mita. I actually think the promotion enabled MANY people to use their free nights there. Brad used his free nights there, the guy who shared a cab with us to the airport ...

End of Year Goodie: United Airlines Starts Bumping Up Status of Some Fliers

My fiancé has been carefully plotting her 2011 path to Premier, with her plan being to get over 25,000 EQMs about a week before the end of December. She didn't realize how close she was on segments, and apparently if you're a half segment short of Premier, there's a good chance that United ...

KLM Wants You to Find a Seatmate with Facebook / LinkedIn

I was watching CNN tonight, and I saw a story that was so ridiculous, I wasn't sure if it was true. I Google'd it, and yup, it's true: Finding a seatmate through Facebook.
Details are scant, but the idea is for travelers to look at people with similar interests and then book a seat. But ...

United Flight Attendant Makes Me…. an iPhone Stand?

I was getting some work done this morning on UA 517 from Atlanta to Chicago, and I had things organized on my tray table quite nicely. I had my 11" MacBook Air on the left, where I was working. On the right, I had my iPhone propped up against my Diet Coke can so I could watch some video ...

"We have an excellent room for you, Mr. Hanson... It's a 'pure' room."

I checked into the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead a couple hours ago, and upon checking in, the Front Desk Agent said to me, "We have an excellent room for you, Mr. Hanson" - now usually at this point, as elites, our ears perk up. We envision suites or large corner rooms or something like that, but ...