Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Simplify Your Credit Cards

There are some many cards out there with different bonus categories that it is difficult to keep a clear view of what's the best card to go with a purchase. Simply your wallet. Focus on 2 or 3 core cards and relax a little.

Another key tip is to use a card at every opportunity. Cash doesn't earn points.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Farewell eMiles

eMiles seems to be shutting down. I haven't used them in a while since it was a poor return on my time.
I did earn some United miles from them.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Airline GDPR Requests

I'm testing the waters for airline GDPR requests. American Airlines and British Airways are the most promising, but I haven't made it to the end of either. I have an open request with Delta and Lufthansa Group. United replied to me with a change of address link, I don't think they knew what I was asking.

Stay tuned! I'll share the results and process.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Fiji Airways to be first oneworld connect partner

The first airline to join in the new capacity as a oneworld connect partner will be Fiji Airways.
Fiji 737 Tail Detail
oneworld connect partners will provide select alliance benefits to frequent flyers from any oneworld member airline travelling on their flights, with a more extensive range of benefits offered with their oneworld sponsors.
oneworld aircraft
Customers with Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby status in any oneworld member airline’s frequent flyer programme will be able to use priority check-in desks, where available.  Also, customers with Emerald or Sapphire status will be offered priority boarding.
Also oneworld
The additional benefits offered by oneworld connect partners to customers from their oneworld sponsors and vice versa include, through check-in of passengers and their baggage for journeys including connections between a connect carrier and any of its oneworld sponsors, the ability to earn and redeem frequent flyer rewards, and earn frequent flyer status points, for eligible flights. 
oneworld again

Frequent Flyer Packing Post

I was included in a write up on frequent flying packing tips.
The Key is to Relax

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Transferring Hertz Points

I didn't know this was an option from Hertz. The Southwest partnership looks like the only enticing value. As with most transfer opportunities, don't transfer points unless you need them or there's a limited time bonus. Always remember the relative point values. 
Hertz Values

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Time to start thinking about holiday award travel

I like to star planning early and am thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas season travel later this year. I have a few ideas and a few programs with miles, so it gets complicated quickly.
I Feel Like I Have Too Many Delta Miles

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Southwest Airlines Infant Fare

The Southwest Airlines infant fare isn't really a deal. I love the idea of having a row to ourselves as a family of three and I called reservations to ask how much an infant fare would cost. The Wanna Get Away fare was $205 round trip. The infant fare is a modest discount off the Anytime fare of $716. It's not worth buying if a Wanna Get Away fare is available.
I Hope The Infant in Arms Family Has an Open Middle Seat

Friday, May 25, 2018

ANA Flying A380s to Hawaii in 2019

ANA picked up 3 A380s as is customizing them exclusively for Hawaii flying. I like the focus on the leisure market and the fun touches and changes they made from standard ANA aircraft. 
ANA Aircraft Always Look Great

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Photo Post

Babies are tiring. That’s why the 737-600 and A318 are hard to find.
Baby Boeing 737-600

Sunday, May 20, 2018

It's a Baby

My wife and I just had our first child. I'm grounded for a while, but planning adventures for 3 now.
Baby United Express Plane

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Thinking of Europe

All the Air France strike news has rekindled my interest in flying to Europe. Seriously. Lufthansa has strikes about 1/3 of the time I have a reservation with them. Memories. Last time I got to fly British Airways and Air France. The time before got me my first ride on a 747-8. All those trips were bought with miles, but Lufthansa paid cash to rebook me, so I earned miles. Strikes can be fun.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

G-VWIN Flying Scrap or Saved?

Is the former Virgin Atlantic A340-600 G-VWIN flying scrap or will it see passengers again? UAM announced they bought the aircraft for dismantling. It landed in Tupelo, MS for likely it's last flight. Then a few weeks later I spotted it flying into SFO. It stayed for two days then went to Manila. There's a A330/340 heavy maintenance base there. Will G-VWIN see the sky again? At least some parts will.
The 787-9 is Replacing A340-600's at Virgin

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

50,000 Chase Points for a new Mortgage

Cool deal - Chase will give you 50,000 bonus Chase rewards points if you have a Sapphire card and open a new mortgage.
Southwest is a Chase transfer partner

Saturday, May 5, 2018

AA 25% bonus miles when you convert your hotel points

Good deal if you have 20,000 SPG points, you'll get 31,250 AA miles. Don't forget to register first. The deal works with most, bit not all, AA hotel partners.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Another Reason to Not Seat Switch

I was recently asked to seat switch on a flight. I was able to easily decline because I'm not a good flyer facing backwards. Another reason to not seat switch is in flight purchase receipts are emailed based on the seat you are in, not the name on the card. The basic reason I don't seat switch is that I picked my seat because I wanted to sit there. Sorry, not sorry.
Just Say NO to Seat Switching

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Alaska is Making Things Simpler

Alaska Airlines learned for others' mistakes in making their Virgin America acquisition. Their goal is to make things simple and transparent. I like that.
I Love the New Look

Monday, April 23, 2018

Allegiant Departs Hawaii

Flying a dense 757-200 to Hawaii on Allegiant was too miserable, so the company pulled out. They won't be missed.
Awful Way to Start a Holiday

Saturday, April 21, 2018

United Lifts Then Crushes My Spirits

I was on the United event awards page and saw a complementary happy hour event I could attend. Except I wasn't invited. An IT error showed me, a lowly Gold member, an event exclusively for lofty Global Services members. Cool to know these events exist, though shrinking travel budgets at work won't even get me to 1K.

As a member with United Global Services® status, you and a guest are invited to a complimentary private cocktail reception at International Smoke.

The night will include a few words from United's Executive Leadership, time to network with your fellow United Global Services members, and passed hors d'ouevres and drinks. Each guest will also leave with a commemorative gift. See below for package details and instructions. 

As one of our most valued members, we hope you join us for a night to say thank you!   

Please note:

  • This listing page does not serve as your ticket or entry to the event. Please select one package from the drop down menu and follow the prompts to check out. If the order was successful you will receive an email confirmation within moments. If you did not receive a confirmation email this means your transaction was not successful and you will not be granted access to this event.  Please call us directly at 312-###-#### if you have any questions.
  • Space is limited and only ticket holders will be allowed entry. We recommend registering for a ticket as soon as you can.
  • This complimentary offer is to United Global Services members (and one guest per member) and is by invitation only. This is a shared experience. Limit one package per person. One package includes two tickets.
  • Each guest must be at least 21 years of age
  • Attire is business casual

This experience includes*:

  • Two tickets to attend a cocktail reception at International Smoke on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. pacific time 
  • Passed hors d'oeuvres and food stations
  • Open bar including beer, wine and spirits
  • Commemorative gift

Thursday, April 19, 2018

US Airways vs. American

I prefer the US Airways colors on CRJ's. Rumor has it that US Airways interiors are still on the inside.
US Airways CRJ-900
AA CRJ-700

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Starwood/Marriott Grounds Delta Partnership

As part of a detailed program update, Marriott/SPG announced they are ending the Delta partnership. I liked having the free checked bag, but the closest to an upgrade I saw was being first to not clear.
Sorry Frequent Delta - SPG Customers
Yesterday, SkyMiles partner, Marriott, announced a series of changes to the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) and Marriott Rewards programs. 

As a result of these changes, please be informed that:  
The Crossover RewardsTM program will continue through July 15, 2018, with all current benefits being honored through that date. We expect to have more to share on this program before July 15. Visit SkyMiles News and Updates for more details.
Starting in August 2018, SPG and Marriott Rewards will implement a new structure for earning airline miles on stays and converting points to miles.

Lifetime Starwood SPG Platinum Kit

My SPG lifetime platinum kit arrived from FedEx! I earned my status about 3 months ago. My accomplishment was confirmed on the website, but the kit took a little while to ship. It had some standard SPG copy on platinum status along with two cool items.

1) A map of all my credited stays. Stays paid with points before those counted to elite status are not included. Still cool to look around the globe at my past 10 years.

2) A metal SPG membership card.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Tour The New United Polaris Lounge at SFO

Never mind, that sold out in about 10 minutes. I didn't ever catch the price. I guess I'll need to fly business class on United later this year to have a look.
Star Alliance Premium Cabin Can Access Too

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hilton Changed HHonors Earning

Hilton is making their program less attractive for infrequent guests, like me. The new earning scale favors Gold and Platinum members. It doesn't bother me much because they are my second back up chain. Redemption options are too expensive anyway, so this won't change my booking preference.
Photo from Guam

Monday, April 2, 2018

I'm Flying Again

It feels like it's been a while since I was in air. It wasn't that long really.
I'm Excited to Fly on a 737-900ER

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Photo Post

I enjoyed watching aircraft from the San Diego airport too. Fun weekend destination.