Category Archives: Airlines

Trip Report: Avianca Business Class Medellin to Cartagena

Trip Report: Avianca Business Class Medellin to Cartagena Avianca Flt. 9510  Medellin to Cartagena (MDE-CTG) Airbus A320, Business Class Sch. Dep. 1:03PM             Sch. Arr. 2:10PM Act. Dep. 1:40PM             Act. Arr. 2:41PM This is the fifth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read… Read more »

Exhibit #23 Why I Left AA and It is A Customer-Unfriendly Airline

As of a week ago, I dropped down from AA Platinum status to AA nothing, after four years of being an elite.  I detailed the reasons why I left the airline here.  Nonetheless, I still have tons of AA miles — since they are never usable. I’ve even started redeeming… Read more »

Playa Del Carmen Trip Preview

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Things have been quite busy since I got back from Colombia three weeks ago, but I should get back to posting more from that trip soon.  In the meantime, I’ll be heading back south in a few days and figured I’d share the plan as I head to…. Playa del… Read more »

Flying to Colombia: Avianca Business Class Washington to San Salvador to Medellin

This is the second in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. Avianca Flt. 583 Washington-Dulles to San Salvador (IAD-SAL) A319 Business Class, 4h 45m Sch. Dep. 3:15PM ET       Sch. Arr. 7:00PM CT Act. Dep. 3:16PM ET       Act. Arr. 6:36PM… Read more »

Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

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For the past several years, I’ve taken a big trip in the fall and another in February.  Last year, that was New Zealand and South Africa/Namibia; the year before was South Korea/Taiwan and Brazil. But with my change in jobs, I have less vacation days, less holidays, and less money. … Read more »

Aeromexico Coach Mexico City to Washington and Amex Centurion Lounge MEX

This is the last of 4 posts summarizing a short trip to Mexico City in December 2017.  You can read about the genesis of the trip and my flight down here, my hotel stays here, and what I did in Mexico City here. Aeromexico Flt. 622  Mexico City (MEX) to Washington-Dulles (IAD)… Read more »

Mexico City Part 1: Intro & Aeromexico Business Class Washington to Mexico City: A Rough Redeye + A Diversion

Aeromexico Flt. 623 Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Mexico City (MEX) B737-700, “Clase Premier”/Business Class Sch. Dep. 1:17 AM           Sch. Arr. 5:15 AM Act. Dep. 1:15 AM            Act. Arr. 8:39 AM Because of my accounting error at the Crowne Plaza in Hamburg, I needed to spend about $3 in food and beverage… Read more »

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to American Airlines

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For most of my life, I was a Delta guy – both growing up in New York, in law school, clerking in Los Angeles, and then working in New York. I was a Delta elite member for four or five years, oscillating between Silver and Gold Medallion, and it generally… Read more »

Flying TAP Air Portugal Business Class Lisbon to New York-JFK and TAP’s New Lisbon Lounge

This is the conclusion of a series covering my extended Labor Day weekend trip to Hamburg (and Lisbon). You can check out an overview here. TAP Portugal Flt. 220  Lisbon to New York-JFK A330, Business Class Sch. Dep. 5:00pm             Sch. Arr. 8:00pm Act. Dep. 5:19pm              Act. Arr. 7:42pm There aren’t many… Read more »