|US Airways Jets at Boston Logan|
So how do I do I fly 22,000 miles in coach in two months? Business trips are the foundation. Denver to Chicago, White Plains, Newark, and White Planes again help build miles at no cost to me. Also I booked two weekend trips just for the miles. I found some cheap fares (about 2c a redeemable mile) and booked the flights to build my mileage balance, for a little vacation, and get a head start on elite status.
|United 757 Night Landing at EWR|
The United and Continental merger has also made upgrades much more difficult to obtain. There is the same number of first class seats on each plane, but now an entire extra airline worth of customers trying to grab the seats. It used to be easy to clear upgrades a few days out on bigger planes like 767s and 757s, but now they are clearing at the gate if at all. It is also taking some of the fun out of flying; airline food is quite decent these days. At least the lounges have plenty of space (thank you JP Morgan Palladium card).
|US Airways Lounge in Charlotte|
So how do you make the best of a suboptimal situation? Relax. That is the most important key to traveling. Calm down and go with the flow. My next key is to grab a window seat. I feel like they have more space and as long as I think that; they will (I also believe in the power of extra strength placebos). Some good reading material helps, so does a pillow, blanket, and eye mask for overnight flights. Stay hydrated; the air in planes is very dry and you should be actively counteracting that. Lastly, try to enjoy the magic of flight. 100 years ago, a nonstop flight from coast to coast was just a dream.