San Francisco SFO Posts

Hotel Review: Hilton San Francisco Union Square

The Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a great hotel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone needing a hotel near the downtown area.  The Hilton Union Square is located at 333 O’Farrell Street at the intersection of O’Farrell and Taylor Street.  The hotel is actually ...
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Turkish Airlines announces San Francisco, up-gauges Chicago

Turkish Airlines will commence nonstop services to San Francisco on April 13, 2015 from its Istanbul hub, initially on 5-weekly frequency basis before up-gauging to a daily service on May 13, 2015. Service will be operated on a large-density 777-300ER with schedules operating as ...
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Eithad announces San Francisco using an atypical approach for a Gulf carrier

Tallying up the latest figure in the "arms race" between the Big Three Gulf Coast carriers as they push forward with their westward expansion is Etihad Airways, who has unveiled San Francisco as its 6th United States destination, scheduled to commence on November 18, 2014. Etihad will operate ...
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Best Airports for a Long Layover.


With United's recent devaluation, I have been doing a ton of flight searching to burn my small cache of United Mileage Plus miles. Mainly looking to maximize my miles by booking "around the world" trips from the US to Asia, by way of Europe, I have looked everywhere and have tried routing ...

Virgin America LOFT @ LAX: Review (+photos & plane-spotting)

EDITORS NOTE: This is the second component to my trip report and experience flying Virgin America from Chicago to San Francisco, via LAX. Part one features a Trip Report reviewing/critiquing Virgin America's First Class Cabin service from Chicago to Los Angeles, and Main Cabin Select to ...
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Virgin America First Class, Chicago > LA > SFO: Trip (Ro)Ports



Background One of my good friends moved from Chicago to San Francisco in October 2012, so I made plans to visit him in early 2013. Circa November 2012, I found out that Virgin America was offering Elevate status matches to American and United elites, so long as we sent in our FFP # and a ...
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View from a UA B747 - The Crash of Asiana Airlines at SFO

At this point we have all watched the shocking video of the Asiana B777 crash land at SFO, but did you notice the UNITED 747 sitting on the taxi way waiting to enter that same runway to depart?

You can see the UA 747 at the right of this photo. 
That was UA885 at full B747 ...
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Photo Finish Averts Singapore Airlines Suites Disaster

There was no photo incident on this outbound trip, but a photo finish at San Francisco International Airport rescued my Singapore Airlines trip from the jaws of destruction.
In July 2012, almost 11 months ago, Singapore Airlines updated their systems and in doing so temporarily (and mistakenly) ...
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The Hyatt Regency San Francisco - my home on the west coast

Do you have a hotel you are so familiar with it feels like a second home?  With my many stays in the last few years at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, it has become my west coast home.

 
My company has an office on the San Francisco peninsula relatively close to ...
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Tip: Avoid San Francisco International Airport on Weekends

My trip to Philadelphia last night was not as smooth as I had hoped it would be:

San Francisco International is a great airport and I enjoy connecting through it, but when the fog and wind roll in, expect delays. Throw in some construction and those short delays that are erased once ...
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Tales from the SFO Intra-Terminal Shuttle Bus

With a delay in opening the remodeled E-Concourse at SFO, United Airlines is stuck using several gates in Terminal 1 in addition to its main operation in Terminal 3 and the International Terminal. That means a free airport tour between terminals on an airside van each time I fly up from Burbank and ...
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Delta says 'ante-up,' enhances transcon in-flight product

In 2010, Delta unveiled its "keep climbing" campaign, designed to overhaul the customer experience on all of its flights following a merger with Northwest Airlines
The fiercely competitive transcontinental market between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco is about to watch one of its major ...

United Airlines First Class San Francisco to New York JFK

Note what is not in the title—p.s.—the "premium service" designation given to the Los Angeles/San Francisco-New York Kennedy routes in 2005 by United in an effort to distinguish itself from American Airlines (and later Delta Air Lines and Virgin America) on this lucrative but ...
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United Airlines Global First Lounge at SFO - Tour + Pictures

When I arrived in SFO, without even thinking it has become so rote, I headed right for the domestic United Club. Suddenly, I stopped in my tracks and looked down at my boarding pass. It did say "first class" and traditionally first class p.s. passengers were entitled access to United's International ...
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United unveils the "airport lounge of the future" at O'Hare Terminal 2


Today was the opening day of the new Terminal 2 United lounge at Chicago O'Hare International airport (ORD), and I had the privilege of testing it out.
United claims that the new design will be a prototype for future lounges, as the carrier is investing $50 million in its global ...

London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business - Oz Fest 2012

OzFest 2012 (Canberra) - Introduction Lufthansa First Class, Denver to Frankfurt Lufthansa's First Class Terminal and LH901, Frankfurt to London Hilton Paddington Station London to Sydney, the Long Way, in United Business Sydney's Qantas Club & The Q400 to Canberra The Park Hyatt ...
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