Tag: U.S. Travel

The Journey Home: BSB-MIA in AA Coach, VIP Club Brasilia, a Terrible MIA Centurion Club Experience & MIA-JFK in International Business, and JFK-DCA in Domestic F

American Flt. 214 Brasilia (BSB) to Miami (MIA) Boeing 757, Main Cabin Extra Sched. Dep. 10:55 PM    Actual Dep. 10:41 PM Sched. Arr. 4:52 AM +1  Actual Arr. 4:27 AM +1 AA Flt. 2493  Miami (MIA) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) Boeing 767-300, “First” Sched. Dep. 7:10am        Actual Dep. 7:09am Sched. Arr.  10:03am       Actual Arr. 9:51am
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My Brazilian NightmAAre, Part 1: Trying to Get to Brazil via Miami on American, DCA-MIA in F, MIA-GRU in Business, & the MIA Centurion Lounge

I’m back from my vacation to Brazil. Unfortunately, my trip down was extremely stressful due to several errors and customer service failures by American.   Not only did I not get to my destination on time, but my baggage was 3 days late, and I ended up crying in Sao Paulo International. After 30+ contacts with
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2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning front.  I re-qualified for American
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Korea and Taiwan: Starting with a Rare United Flight, Domestic First Washington-Dulles (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO)

United Flight 424 Washington-Dulles to San Francisco A320, Domestic First Sched. Dep. 8:15 am       Actual Dep. 8:13 am Sched. Arr. 11:10 am       Actual Arr. 11:00 am Woohoo! Cathay got me my computer back only 4 days after I lost it. Onto the trip reports. This is Part 1 of a series of blog posts about
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Heathrow T3 Galleries First Lounge and LHR-PHL-DCA on US Airways

US Airways Flt. 729 London-Heathrow to Philadelphia Dep. 12:05pm  Arr. 3:35pm A330, Economy US Airways Flt. 854 Philadelphia to Washington-Reagan National Dep. 5:30pm Arr. 6:24pm A319, Economy After about 16 hours, it was time to head back on the tube to Heathrow. My train changed destinations midroute, so it took a little longer than the
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My 15 Hour Arduous Journey on US Airways from DC to London: Trip Report DCA-CLT-LHR

US Airways Flt. 2041, Washington to Charlotte A319 Economy Sched. Dep. DCA 3:30pm Actual Dep. 3:27pm Sched. Arr. DCA 5:02pm Actual Arr. 4:50pm US Airways Flt. 730, Charlotte to London-Heathrow A330 Economy Sched. Dep. CLT 6:05pm Actual Dep. 11:05pm Sched. Arr. CLT 7:05am Actual Arr. 11:00am Back in the late spring, I seized on a
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A Bad Travel Day Gets Worse: Almost Stranded by AA and the Sainthood of My Parents

We left off with my arrival in New York after barely making it on to my Air Berlin flight due to the overzealous chemical screening at Tegel. The flight had calmed me down a bit, but I was still looking forward to going home. Alas home was many hours away. The only award availability from
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La Concha v. El San Juan – Comparing hotels and 2 lazy days in San Juan

San Juan is an interesting vacation destination, in that there are three main clusters of hotels, and each provides a completely different vacation experience. From West to East, there’s Old San Juan, which is charming and full of historical, colonial buildings, forts, and older charm, right on a peninsula in the ocean. Then there’s Condado,
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Mini-Trip Report: Hopping down to San Juan on US Airways and American, and my first attempt at AA elite standby

DC to San Juan Mini-Trip US Airways Flt. 4036 DCA to PHL Dep. 6:00am  Arr. 6:50am US Airways Flt. 770 PHL to SJU Dep. 7:45am  Arr. 11:45pm AA Flt. 1613 SJU to MIA Dep. 3:35pm Arr. 6:30pm AA Flt. 916 MIA to DCA Dep. 8:30pm Arr. 10:55pm Earlier this spring, I took a short last-minute
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Trip Report: 24 Hours in Little Rock

Before my excursion to Little Rock, I had never been to Arkansas before. I’ve always had an interest in seeing some of the nation’s smaller cities, particularly in the South, as they often have interesting racial and industrial histories that are more well-preserved than those of bigger cities. In addition, I will probably always have
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