|Unexpected Twitter Ad|
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Monday, February 23, 2015
I flew to Oslo again just for the miles and only spent 90 minutes in Norway before returning. I did this trip once before for miles and enjoyed it very much because I was upgraded to business class. This time was different, I was stuck in coach, an exit row, but still coach. It wasn't too bad though. On the way out, I had an empty middle seat and on the way back I had my own row. Being able to spread out helps more than I expected and I was also able to enjoy a movie and sleep well. Alcohol in coach to Europe on United is not free, otherwise the catering could be described as decent. Next time I go to Norway, I'll leave the airport and not go in the depths of winter.
|United Coach Breakfast to Europe|
|United Coach Lunch from Europe - Beer Costs Extra|
|United Coach Dinner to Europe|
|I Was Upgraded to EWR on a 757|
Friday, February 20, 2015
Always take the soup, it won't disappoint. Unfortunately, the meals in first class this year are mundane and bland. United can learn a ton from Lufthansa's catering team. Here's a few examples of filling, but uninspired meals I've seen this year.
|Ham and Cheese|
|Asian Chicken Salad|
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The W hotel brand started in 1998 and there are some fantastic new hotels in the brand's portfolio. My favorite is the W Boston followed closely by the W South Beach. Unfortunately not all W hotels are new constructions, like the W Chicago Loop. The give away that this was an old hotel, among other things not including the small rooms with poor sound insulation, was the mail chute by the elevators. These are the marks of nice, but old, buildings. I did mail some post cards with them, so they are fun and practical too.
|Sign of an Older Building|
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Airlines like to hang on to investments for a long time. Take the MD-80 as an example or that US Airways just retired their last 767-200 after 25 years of service. They are also the only industry clinging to perforated paper printers, the highlight of mid 1980's technology. Luckily airlines can order paper and ink on the internet or these printers would be in the trash next to floppy disks and Zip drives.
|30 Years Old and Going Strong|
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
I love the 757; it's a wonderful aircraft without rival (Boeing and Airbus are working to change that). The aircraft is over powered, has amazing range, looks cool, and boards through the second door so first class passengers turn left. Fewer United Airlines passengers are turning left these days though. The 737-900ER is taking over most of the 757 routes. The legacy United 757's are swiftly being retired to be parted out or converted to freighters for FedEx. The legacy Continental 757's still in service are the stretched -300 version and the international configuration -200 version. These have 8 fewer first class seats, so upgrades are difficult to find. I was lucky recently to have an upgrade from IAH to EWR and enjoyed the big screen and the bed. The seat was great and I slept very well.
|Seat 2A For Taxi, Takeoff, and Landing|
|Seat 2A Reclined|
|Seat 2A Flat Bed|
Friday, February 6, 2015
The tempting Southwest Airlines short cut to A List status offer only gives status through December 31, 2015. If the status lasted through December 31, 2016, I would have flown the three round trips for status, but it isn't worth it for me for 10 months of status.
|Southwest 737 at Las Vegas|
Thursday, February 5, 2015
I dread emails from airlines announcing changes to frequent flyer programs. They are never good news. Prices are raising for premium cabin travel, first class is 33% more, business class 50% more, and premium economy 33% more. Coach is the same, but the expensive fuel surcharge fees make coach a losing proposition anyway. Book before April 28 to avoid the higher prices, full details here.
|I Can't Afford a Business Class Ticket With These Changes|
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
My dependable Canon point & shoot has retired. One of the in inner lenses got some dirt on it and repairs are not cost effective. My new point & shoot is the Sony W830. My iPhone is great for quick snaps with no zoom and good lighting, but I need a small camera that is good in low light and with an optical zoom. I settled on the Sony because I got a smoking deal on it. I'm still getting used to the differences between Sony and Canon and am excited to post some new pictures. Contrary to many recent news stories, there still is a need for point & shoots, even though the market has shrunk.
|New Photo Machine|
|Dirt That Forced My Canon To Retire Above Terminal|
|There's a Slight Shutter Delay - Still Learning|
|Have the Shutter Delay Under Control|
|A few samples|
|The joy of optical zoom|
|Works at night too|