Category: Airlines

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Emirates Economy Class: DXB-SFO A380

After grabbing some rest in the sleep ‘n fly pods after my redeye flight from the Maldives, I was ready for the 16 hour flight from Dubai (DXB) to San Francisco (SFO) on their A380. Given this would be the longest flight I’ve flown in Economy, my seat assignment was...

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Emirates Economy Class: MLE-DXB B777-300ER

After an out of this world stay at The St. Regis Maldives, I had to head back home. This trip was designed around this mistake fare when I booked Emirates from MLE to LAS via DXB + SFO for USD 110 one-way. I would be flying home in Economy after a First...

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Farewell Virgin America

The merger between Virgin America and Alaska Airlines closed ~15 months ago and now the full takeover by Alaska Airlines will be completed on April 24th, 2018. All airport branding will change over to Alaska as all flight #’s will be Alaska flight #’s plus Virgin America’s website will shutdown....

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Surf Air: MYF-SQL Pilatus PC-12NG

Surf Air had a promotion late last year offering Elite status members of commercial airlines to try them out for 1 flight at no charge. I was able to book my trial flight from San Diego (Montgomery Field – MYF) to San Carlos (SQL) which was a new route for...

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Elite Upgrades in 2017 & Status for 2018

During 2017, I carried elite status on American Airlines, Virgin America and United. The upgrade results were almost 100% which isn’t typical! Checkout the results below… American Airlines Executive Platinum American Executive Platinum is top tier status and required 100K+ of flying in 2016 to use this status in 2017....

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Etihad Business Class: AUH-MLE A330-300

I was ready to get to Male after spending 7 hours in the Business Class lounge at AUH during my connection from LHR. It’s a short 4 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Male. We were flying on Etihad’s older A330 in Business Class, but luckily it had lie flat beds which...

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Etihad First Apartment Class: LHR-AUH A380

After an amazing trip flying Etihad’s Apartment Class in 2016, I was ready to fly it again yet this time from London to Abu Dhabi which is about half the flight time than Abu Dhabi to Sydney. I searched for Etihad award ticket availability using ExpertFlyer and locked in a ticket...

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Icelandair Economy Class: KEF-LHR B757-200

After a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon prior to my flight to London, I was faced with chaos at the airport as Icelandair kiosk check-in machines were all down requiring everyone to use the check-in counter. While waiting in line and trying to research a backup plan, an agent...

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How to Fly Private for Cheap!

The holidays remind many travelers of how painful it can be to travel commercially. Luckily, there are a few small companies offering excellent options to fly private without having to pay $5,000+ per hour. Checkout the options below… Blackbird Air Blackbird offers mainly turboprop and seaplane service on short 30...