Category: Airlines

Taking off from SEA 0

Asiana Airlines Business Class: SEA-ICN A350-900

I transferred 95,000 AMEX points to ANA to book my flights for my trip to Japan, I was faced with no award availability in Business Class on ANA. The transfer time of ~72 hours is always a risk with ANA redemptions using AMEX points. Luckily since ANA is part of...

United 747 0

United MileagePlus Award Charts to Disappear

United announced a few weeks ago that they will be eliminating award charts and move to a variable pricing method later this year. This is horrible news as they follow the trend set by Delta. If you have United miles and have been saving for a specific award ticket, I...

SWA Hawaii 0

Southwest begins Hawaii service March 17th. Fares start @ $49 each way

Southwest has finally put Hawaii tickets on sale. They have an opening offer as low as $49 each way from Oakland to Honolulu/Maui. https://www.southwest.com/hawaii/ Oakland to Honolulu flights start March 17, 2019 Oakland to Maui flights start April 7, 2019 San Jose to Honolulu flights start May 5, 2019 San...

Cathay Pacific 0

Booking Africa using Miles/Points

Flying to Africa from the US is a long haul so using miles/points to fly in Business or First Class makes a huge difference. There are sweet spots in various airline award charts and I was able to take advantage of 3 of them for an upcoming trip.   Alaska...

HKG-SFO from Seat 1A 1

Cathay Pacific First Class: HKG-SFO B777-300ER

I had flown Cathay Pacific First Class before on this same route (HKG-SFO) and plane (B777-300ER) 2 years prior so I had my expectations set really high. In 2016, I had used 67,500 American Airlines miles to book a last minute ticket. This time I used 70,000 Alaska Airlines miles...

Landed @ CLD 0

California Pacific Airlines: SJC-CLD ERJ-145LR

On November 1st, California Pacific Airlines made their first commercial flight from Carlsbad, CA (CLD) to San Jose, CA (SJC). They are a new airline servicing northern San Diego County being headquartered out of CLD. Currently with only 4 planes in the fleet, it’s hard for them to make up...

Singapore Airlines The Private Room SIN 0

Singapore Airlines: The Private Room Lounge SIN

After landing in Singapore from my long haul from SFO via HKG, I spent some time in The Private Room Lounge while I waited for my flight to Bali. Access to the lounge is only for Singapore Airlines customers traveling in First or Suites Class. You aren’t able to bring...

SQ First Class B777-300ER 1F 2

Singapore Airlines First Class: SFO-HKG-SIN B777-300ER

I was very fortunate to find Singapore Airlines First Class availability during the time I needed to travel and I couldn’t wait to fly! Using my Chase Ultimate Reward points, I transferred 118,000 points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. The one-way ticket from SFO to Bali via SIN was 118,000 miles...

Snow 0

How to handle IRROPS due to Weather & Mechanical delays

The winter months are coming here in the US! Over the past 12 months, I’ve had a handful of issues due to irregular operations (IRROPS) while flying around the world. They are never fun, but you have to start thinking quickly as to what your options might be and beat...