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From the Trolleys to the Triangle | The Inaugural SFO to RDU service

Earlier in the week, I mentioned that I would be flying the inaugural non-stop SFO-RDU & RDU-SFO flights on United. I've never flown on an inaugural flight, so the thought of being able to fly between two of my favorite cities, without stopping in Chicago/Dallas/Dulles/Houston/Newark, was pretty exciting to me! Of course, the fact that I would earn 2,400 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) each-way was something else to be happy about ;-)

My day started off in Denver, unfortunately ...

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United's Inaugural Service > San Francisco to Raleigh-Durham

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Although I am moving back to Kansas on Friday, for my senior year!, I am excited that I was able to fit the inaugural SFO>RDU>SFO flights into my schedule. This is the first time that United has added service to Raleigh-Durham, since eliminating the Raleigh-Denver non-stop 737-500 service in early 2008.

Delta offers a non-stop flight to Los Angeles, although it is only offered three times per week, and run seasonally. I am hoping that with United's strong network to Asia from ...

Thoughts on the TSA Pre-Check Program & Steps to Ensure you Recieve Pre-Check Access

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Starting last October, the Toilet Safety Administration Transportation "Security" Administration rolled out the Pre-Check program, which allows members of the various Trusted Traveler Programs (NEXUS, Global Entry, & SENTRI), as well as certain frequent fliers on Alaska, American, Delta, United & US Airways to enroll in the Pre-Check program. If selected for Pre-Check access at the checkpoint, fliers are able to skip the body scanners or groping, and utlize the walk-through ...

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11 Hours in Barbados

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While sitting in my hotel room at the Park Hyatt Canberra at the end of May, a friend pinged me on Facebook to alert me to some cheap first class fares from the U.S. to Barbados. I'm not the type of person that is able to buy first class tickets, but when I discovered that the price was the same as an economy ticket, I jumped on the ...

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Thai Airways Business Class - Seoul to Hong Kong

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Stepping into History: Visiting the TWA Museum in Kansas City

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Shortly after the Fourth of July, I took a trip out to Lawrence, Kansas, to complete an exam for one of the summer classes that I am taking. As usual, I flew United from Denver, which is one of three carriers that offer non-stop service to Kansas City (MCI). The others are Frontier, which I used to fly all the time before gaining status on United, and then Southwest, the airline that I'll never fly in this lifetime.

After meeting up with some friends that night, and then ...

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The Park Hyatt Seoul

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Touring the DMZ

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United's 787 Induction Plan

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United just sent out a press release, which details the induction for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is planned to enter service with UA towards the end of the third quarter 2012.

The aircraft cabin is being installed on the first aircraft, and will be configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy. Cabin color selections use a palette of blue and grey and are consistent with other modern United aircraft. Customers will ...
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CLEAR Lanes now open at DFW

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As a follow-up to my post about CLEAR coming to SFO & DFW, the member lanes at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport have recently opened up. Although I used to be a CLEAR member, the news of a fourth airport coming online has not changed my mind about pursuing a membership. I rarely have to wait more than five-ten minutes in the elite line at security, so I don't see much benefit to me. If CLEAR ever intergrated with TSA's Pre✓(doubtful), and allowed for members to always use the ...

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Review: Hilton London Paddington

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Although I had finalized most of my plans for OzFest, I realized that I had forgotten to book a hotel ...

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Fed Up with United? Consider a FREE Status Match to American!

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Since March 3rd, it's been pretty obvious that the intergration between United & Continental didn't go as smoothly as we were led to believe. The switch over to Continental's antiquated Passenger Service System, SHARES, forced thousands of customers to contact reservations to deal with issues ranging from loss of seats, the inbability to upgrade, as well as some ticketed and confirmed reservations disappearing.

Wait times to reach a reservations agent quickly grew into several ...

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Would you fly to Beijing for Eight Hours? How about if it earns you 4x Miles?!

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Back in January, I was fortunate to have flown on the first (and hopefully annual!) oneworld MegaDO, hosted by MilePoint, American Airlines, & Hyatt. Although tickets for the MegaDO sold out in less than twenty minutes, my attendance at the launch party in Los Angeles had given me the opportunity to book the day before the general sales window opened up. I knew from the moment I saw the details of the program, as well as the offers from AA (fly 20K EQMs for Exec. Plat status!), that I ...

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CLEAR Lanes Arriving at SFO & DFW this Spring

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CLEAR, the program which allows enrolled passengers the ability to bypass the TSA document check lanes, by using a kiosk instead, has just announced that DFW airport will be the next airport to feature a CLEAR lane. Information regarding the placement of CLEAR at DFW has not yet been published, although an email to all members has said that they're hoping to be online by the Spring, which should mean that we'll know more in the coming weeks. Additionally, the talks with the SFO airport ...

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The Expansion of TSA's Pre✓ Program

Just over a week ago, I wrote of my first experience using TSA's Trusted Travel program, Pre✓, at LAX. I was pleased with the fact that I could keep my shoes and coat on, although I was disappointed by the fact that so few airports & airlines had adopted the program. United was scheduled to add Pre✓ to some of their airports throughout 2012, but many details were unknown, until today, when TSA announced plans to expand Pre✓ to twenty-eight airports, and three more ...

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Air Canada Executive First - Toronto to Tokyo & DL Business - NRT-ICN

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After a quiet ride to the airport, the bus dropped me off directly across from the Air Canada ticket counters. There ...

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The Suite Life at the Hyatt Regency Toronto

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You don't need a time machine to experience pre 9/11 security! TSA Pre-Check at LAX

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I'm on my way back to Kansas City after spending the past four days on the oneworld MegaDO. Sponsored by American Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, MilePoint, and oneworld, we participated in everything from evacuation drills and flight training at AA's training facility in Dallas, to a tour of Boeing's 737 manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, as well as an opportunity to tour the Qantas A380 and a brand new Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300.

 

This morning, I had my first ...

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United Business Class to Chicago & United First Class to Toronto

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Around the World with the Star Alliance

map Introduction United Business Class Denver to Chicago & United First Class to Toronto Hyatt Regency Toronto Air Canada Executive First Toronto to Tokyo, & Delta Business Tokyo to Seoul Park Hyatt Seoul Tour of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) Thai Business Class, Seoul to Hong Kong Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Cathay Pacific First Class, Hong Kong to Tokyo/Haneda Grand Hyatt Tokyo Park Hyatt Tokyo Swiss First Class, Tokyo to Zurich, Swiss EU Business, Zurich to London/Heathrow Andaz ...
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