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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Atlas Air is Growing

Cargo hauler Atlas Air is growing with 2 used 777 freighters and 4 used 747-400 freighters. I bet they got a better deal on the 747's.
Cargo Airlines, like me, Enjoy 747's
PURCHASE, NY, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 --   Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced the acquisition of two Boeing 777 Freighters from LATAM Airlines.

Both 777 aircraft will operate in ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) service for DHL Express through Atlas' Southern Air subsidiary, with the first starting service this month and the second expected to begin service at the end of the second quarter of 2018.

The first of the two aircraft was previously operated on a CMI (crew, maintenance and insurance) basis for DHL Express by Southern Air. The second aircraft will increase the number of 777 freighters owned or operated by the company to 12.

“These 777 freighters enhance our position in this attractive aircraft type and are consistent with our strategy of growing the operations that we acquired as part of Southern Air,” said Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Flynn.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

ANA has a much more interesting online shop than American air carriers' stores.
Dreamliner With Low Hours

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Credit Card Rankings

The two best No Fee credit cards available in the USA right now are from Wells Fargo and Fidelity. has an interesting review of the card landscape. The more information you have on what your next card will, the better.
Cash Back Work For All Airlines

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Check Your Mileage Expiration Dates

A friendly reminder: check your mileage expiration dates. Buying something through the online mall is an easy and cheap method to earn miles and reset the expiration date.
Delta Miles Don't Expire

United Miles Expire

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Local Plane Spotting

I live about 5 miles away from the SFO runways and enjoy plane spotting in the afternoon. Here's a few snaps.

I would love a longer lens than my current 70-200mm. Anyone want to chip in for a 200-500mm Nikon? I could also stand to upgrade my 11 year old D80 body.

Photo Post

Sunday, February 25, 2018

United is back in Save A Nickel Mode

United Airlines is back trying to save a nickel rather than make a dollar. I prefer their cheap mindset because when they try to make a dollar, they add more seats and remove padding from aircraft.
A320's Were Comfortable 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wine Flies Free on Alaska Airlines

Check a case of wine free if you are departing the west coast on Alaska Airlines. Cool program, but remember to over use the bubble wrap.
Off Valid on These Aircraft Too

Friday, February 16, 2018

Day Trip to LAX

Southwest Airlines is amazing. Maybe not every flight, but the concept is great. My wife earned a companion pass from the Chase card, so we are looking for fun trip ideas. We decided to jump on a cheap fare SFO-LAX and back later that day. Our itinerary gave us 9 hours on the ground, but we booked with points, so we could cancel without fees if there was a long delay.
Great for a Quick Hop
We got a rental car and had a great time looking at art and eating at local favorites. We had enough time even with LA's bad traffic and Budget's slow service.

I'd recommend our itinerary to anyone.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Win a Trip to Spain on Iberia

Win a trip to Spain. The official rules say that 2 coach tickets SFO-MAD are worth $11,720. I suspect you can argue down the 1099 for tax season if you win. 
The Winner Will Fly an A330

Monday, February 12, 2018

20% Off at Boeing Store

Boeing is spreading the love for Valentine's Day with code LOVE218 for 20% off.
LUV Airlines 737-700

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

UPS Keeps the 747 Program Alive

UPS is keeping the 747 program alive with an order for 14 more 747-8's. They also picked up 4 767-300's. I bet they got a smoking good deal.
There are many cheap used 747-400's available

United Ran Out of Gates at SJC

Bad weather in Denver caused United to be backed up on gates in SJC. We parked on the ramp and took a bus to the terminal. Very odd, my flight was from Denver and early.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Good Morning Colorado

I love watching the sun rise at the airport. Getting to the airport in time to see the sun rise is usually annoying.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

United Buying 3 Used 767-300's

Hawaiian is going for Airbus to fly from the islands with the A321 and A330, so they are retiring their 767-300's. United bought 3 to cheaply grow the fleet.
Hawaiian is keeping the Boeing 717 for intrastate flights

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

United Needs New Paint

This Airbus would be a great candidate for new paint. I would also enjoy a new paint scheme too.
I Didn't Think Continental's Look Would Last