After landing in Seattle, we exited security and made our way to collect our bags at the Alaska belt. Alaska has a 20-minute guarantee on receiving checked baggage, and I’ve found them to be consistently quick at getting your luggage out. Through a mix-up on our initial Alaska flight, we needed to collect our bags and re-check-in for the international Delta segment. Our layover was 4 hours and we had more than enough time for this exercise.
Nashville, one of the many jewels embedded in the fabric of the southern United States, is all about music. Everyone there talks about music and the music business. It was quoted to me that over 20,000 live music acts take place there every year. That is more than two every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although it is growing rapidly, Nashville is still on the small side with a population of under 700,000. The small size and energy is mirrored perfectly by Delta’s one and only Sky Club at Nashville International Airport (BNA).
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted about elite status, and what my strategy and plans are for airline frequent flying. I’ve held elite status with Delta for many years including both Diamond and Platinum levels. I still enjoy flying with Delta, and operationally the airline is very good. I also find the Delta front line employees to be some of the best. They genuinely enjoy their jobs, and most of the time I see it reflected in my interactions with them.
After a wonderful stay at Old Faithful Inn we packed our bags and drove to West Yellowstone Airport. Our returning flight again was on Delta as Sky West operates this flight as a Delta Connection flight. The weather was clear when we first arrived at the airport, but shortly after arriving the sky turned dark and it began to rain.
The preceding flight from Sacramento to Salt Lake City went without indecent. Our arrival was at 8:50am from Sacramento and we had a little over than a 2-hour layover. Normally we would find an airport lounge somewhere and enjoy some quiet tie until our next flight. In Salt Lake City the only lounge is the habitually crowded Delta Sky Club, and so we decided to split our time and also have a leisurely breakfast at Cat Cora’s Kitchen restaurant.
On my second trip to San Diego I was able to meet up with three friends and spend the afternoon and evening with them. As I had mentioned earlier we had dinner together at Herb and Wood, and I can’t recommend this restaurant enough. The meal was excellent. After breakfast the following morning one of my friends, Scott (the same one from New Year’s Eve) and I took a cab together to the airport for our morning flights. Scott’s flight was scheduled to leave an hour before my flight, so I followed him to Terminal 2 to spend some time at the Delta Sky Club.
We had finished our meetings with HQ, and Paul was ready to go home. We arrived about 2 hours before our flights, and I had my eyes set on visiting the Atlanta F Concourse with outdoor Sky Deck at the Delta Sky Club. This club opened up 3 years ago, but during my travels I have never has a chance to visit it and I was looking forward to finally doing so.
After reaching the gate in Atlanta, Paul jumped up and quickly exited the plane. I was in 2D and took my time gathering my items as I wanted to try and get a picture of the forward cabin with fewer people. After a couple moments I heard Paul in the jetway saying “Jimmy, Jimmy – get out here you got to see this.” Paul had sleep most of the flight and I thought he was mostly lucid, but I was wondering what on earth we wanted me to see and more importantly why? I gathered my things and Paul was standing at the outdoor access door with a Delta representative. The gentlemen from Delta looked at me and said “Are you James Gottfredson?”
The summer has been slipping away, and now that it is September I have an update as to my search for another carrier to fly and complete status on. Per my previous post I have been looking for another airline and reward program instead of Delta’s SkyMiles program. I’ve been an elite with Delta for a long time, but I’m interested trying another airline that has a more lucrative frequent flyer program. I figured I had until next year to make this change as I planned on finishing with Delta as a diamond at the end of this year. While I’ve been doing some research on other frequent flyer programs, a number of promotions came out this summer, as well as some industry news that ended up affecting my flying for the next 18 months.
At gate A3 Paul and I had a short wait before they started boarding. The gates at Terminal A are well laid out and typically don’t get too backed up for boarding. This is true even for Delta’s poor boarding process. Delta called for passengers that needed additional time, and then called for first class to board.