IAD Posts

Hyatt Dulles - Quick Stay and Firing My Travel Agent

As part of my recent mileage runs to China, instead of only going to Beijing as others had, I mixed it up and found flights to Shanghai (the Beijing fares were disappearing fast).  This is stay was the night before a flight departing Washington Dulles - IAD.  

“You should ...
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United Airlines' route network: are the foundations starting to crack?

United Airlines may have 787s, a transpacific gateway hub in San Francisco and a $2 billion cost-and-revenue improvement program that entails removing garlic bread and bulk ketchup from some long-haul flights in BusinessFirst, according to thread in FlyerTalk last week. 
However, cracks ...

Review: Lufthansa Senator lounge at Washington Dulles

While flying YVR-IAD-ORD last week (long story) I had a pretty lengthy layover at Dulles airport since my flight onward to Chicago was delayed due to mechanical issues.  I had flown through Dulles a few times in the past, but never had a chance to fully explore it, especially the A and B ...

Experiencing My First Aborted Takeoff

Today I was flying on UA 143 from IAD to LAX, and while it turned out to be a great flight, it didn't start off smoothly. We got out to the runway, and the plane started to accelerate for takeoff. It got going pretty fast, and then all of a sudden, BRAKES. The pilots hit the brakes hard. Considering ...

Long Delay but a Humorous Captain

My quick hop up to Philadelphia today turned into a grueling three-hour journey thanks to bad weather. But it could have been much worse. At least there were pretzels. Stale pretzels.
We pulled out of the A Concourse at Washington Dulles right on schedule and quickly taxied out. With an ...

Lufthansa’s New Business Class – B747-8i

In early July I got the opportunity to fly on the new Lufthansa B747-8i in business class.

This new aircraft was the first to have LH’s new flatbed Business class seats. Over all it is a major improvement from the old LH seats in Business class. I was able to score a seat in the ...

Going with your gut is the best policy when traveling.

I just returned home to the UK from a long weekend in the states. As a UA guy I booked Manchester (MAN) - Frankfurt (FRA) - Washing Dulles (IAD) round trip. Sure this is now a UA non-stop from MAN-IAD operated by B757 but upgrades are never opened in-advance on that flight. I was able to use my ...
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United Express Drama and VDBs at Washington Dulles

Last night was quite a spectacle at the United Express gates in Terminal A at Washington Dulles. I've found over the years that United chronically overbooks these regional jet flights and have had the good fortune of getting bumped off many of them. Last night was another successful evening.
I ...

Hilton Garden Inn Dulles North - A Dependable Choice

Over the past 6 years I have flown out of IAD (Washington Dulles Airport) a lot. I have been a guest at many of the hotels around the airport. There is a good deal of choices and at times over the weekend at some good rates. When a promotion with some other brand is not running; I tend to stay at ...

$99 for a $499 Travel Voucher on Open Skies Airlines

The number of daily deals sites have exploded, leading to some interesting opportunities for travelers wanting to get a good deal to experience luxury. The only downside is that they are usually destination or extremely time sensitive.  However OpenSkies is offering a deal on Rue La La for a ...

Hyatt Confirmed Bed Type Guarantee Pays Off!

I was a guest at the Hyatt at Dulles airport a few weeks back, I checked in around 930pm and had a king bed room booked. When I walked to the desk I was informed that the hotel was sold out and there was no room with a King bed left.. I really did not care; I just wanted to sleep after a flight from ...

Dreaded call from UNITED EZ-Update Guy

A quick hello from LAX. I’m back state side for a week or so and had time to squeeze in a quick mileage run. Wednesday I did IAD-DEN-LAX in UNITED first and the return was the same routing for the next day. I booked this trip back in March and put some regional upgrade certs on the booking ...

UA/CO -European Cross-Fleeting starting soon..

Looks like some of the changes they hope we are going to like are coming soon. United and Continental will be starting some European Cross-Fleeting. In June 2011 the cross-fleeting on European operation will begin, where some CO routes replaced by UNITED aircraft and vice ...
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Washington Dulles to San Salvador on TACA

This is the first of a six-part recount of my recent trip to Central America.
Washington Dulles to San Salvador on TACA My Adventure in San Salvador Aborted Landing on TACA: SAL-PTY 24 Hours in Panama City Short-Haul Flying on LACSA: PTY-SJO-SAL Accused of ...

Pet Relief Areas Now Available at Dulles and National

Complying with new federal guidelines mandating that airports provide "service animal relief areas" for animals that accompany passengers, Frodo now has a place to play if you are traveling through WAS.
Both Reagan National and Dulles have made available multiple areas for service ...


Day 0: Introduction: Perfecting My Trip to Europe Using United Miles

Day 1: LAX-YVR on Air Canada, Vancouver, and YVR-LHR on Air Canada
Day 2: BD Number One Lounge at Heathrow and London to Lisbon on TAP Portugal
Day 3: A Day of Sightseeing in Lisbon
Day 4: An Unexpected ...

Report: The New AeroTrain at Washington-Dulles IAD

On Thursday evening, I flew home to LAX from IAD. This was an eventful trip because (1) my upgrade didn't clear, the first time that's happened in several months, and (2) I rode Dulles' new "Aerotrain" for the first time.
A bit of background: Washington Dulles International Airport ...

How to Not Get Upgraded on an AA Flight

I'm sitting in the (very lovely) IAD Admirals Club right now as I await my flight to LAX. Unless something crazy happens, I'll be sitting in economy for the first time in six months or so.
Here's the math, according the AAngel at the front desk:
AA only flies 757s on the IAD-LAX ...