|First Class Breakfast Snack|
Saturday, June 28, 2014
United Airlines serves a fairly good breakfast in first class, but the flight needs to be about 2 hours or longer. On shorter flights they serve a light snack, like this scone I received. They also have the full bar open, so they aren't cutting back everywhere.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
I once booked a 9PM flight to Oakland rather than a 9AM flight. It was my error and after a gate agent noticed the PM on my departure time, I was added standby to a San Jose flight. It was my fault for not noticing what I purchased wasn't what I wanted and I bore the costs. A Florida man is suing British Airways for flying him on the itinerary he purchased to Grenada (GND in the Caribbean) rather than Granada (GRX in Spain). This man should have noticed a few things were wrong, like the flight time, price, destination spelling, aircraft size, passport requirements, and (hate to be repetitive but) the destination. I would hate to see this guy win his $34,000 lawsuit because he should have exercised due care to ensure what he purchased is what he wanted.
|British Airways LHR-AUS|
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 5:53 PM
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Embraer 170 is my favorite United Express aircraft, it has two bathrooms, wider seats, overhead bins that can store roll aboard bags, and large windows. It only has 6 first class seats, so upgrades aren't too frequent. That's hardly a problem because row 7 has amazing legroom (it is Economy Plus, so United charges non-elites to reserve the row). I flew in seat 7B and didn't have anything blocking a good stretch.
|View From Seat 7B Economy Plus|
Friday, June 20, 2014
I love boarding an airplane and turning left. It gives a sense of occasion to travel because only large planes board through a middle door and the premium cabin waits. It is only rivaled by walking up stairs in the plane to reach your seat (747's only, the A380 usually uses a jet bridge to load upper deck passengers).
|757 Boards Through the Second Door|
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 5:55 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
I spotted the new style split scimitar winglets, an after market option for 737 owners, on an Aeromexico plane in Houston this week. It's a cool looking design and I was excited to finally spot them after hearing about them last year at EBACE.
|New Style Split Scimitar Winglets|
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 6:26 AM
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
United is completing their destruction of MileagePlus by changing how mileage earning works. Starting in 2015, miles earned for flights will be based on the fare price (not including tax) rather than the distance flown. The new earning method, paired with award price inflation last year, removes any hope of earning a decent rate of return on air travel. It should be easier to redeem miles because far fewer will be in circulation. I suspect I'll earn more miles on the ground now, even if I fly three or more times around the equator each year. Maximizing credit card bonus and other earning options will be critical to my 2015 earning strategy.
My last sliver of loyalty to United will be from their Million Miler program. I'm almost 70% to lifetime Gold status and Star Alliance Gold status. United did change the benefits for their Million Miler program before, I just hope I can cross the 1,000,000 lifetime flight mile mark before they change it again.
|The Sun Is Setting On MileagePlus|
Monday, June 9, 2014
I love seeing emails from United with the subject "Elite Upgrade Notification" because it allerts you to a confirmed upgrade. The "Save now on DIRECTV on your upcoming flight" is a new email for me and confirms my upgrade is hopeless.
Posted by Andrew Bussa at 6:30 PM
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
Iceland Air has some great outdoor advertising in the Denver area to promote their direct flight to Reykjavik. All the ads follow the same formula, a stunning photo of nature in Iceland and some short copy about long days and short nights. It's very memorable for me because I love the inspirational nature of the ad. Now if only their flights weren't so expensive; they charge like you are going all the way across the Atlantic when you are actually stopping half way.
|Iceland Air 757 at Denver|