After checking out of the Hyatt Regency SFO we rode the complimentary airport shuttle to Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport. It was a nice day and as our flight wasn’t leaving until noon, we enjoyed a lazy morning on our way to the airport. Virgin America has 2 main hubs, Los Angeles and San Francisco. You would think they would have airline lounges at both airports, but they don’t; they only have the “The Loft” at LAX. Virgin America does offer reciprocal lounge access to the Virgin Atlantic lounge in San Francisco. Sort of.
We had a 2:05pm flight from Honolulu back to San Jose, California. After checking out of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, our daughter gave us a ride in her beat up Honda CRV to the airport. We had a wonderful time in Honolulu and wished we could stay longer, but responsibilities wouldn’t permit this. After being dropped off, we checked into our flight and used the TSA security line to get airside. We then walked over to the American Airlines Admirals Lounge, which is located just past security in the main overseas terminal, in order to “check it out.”
We left the Flagship Lounge and gate K7 was a short 5 minute down the K Concourse. We arrived 10 minutes early and after our short wait, the gate agent called for the boarding process to begin. It was right on schedule. American’s Boeing 737-800 craft has 16 seats in the first class cabin, in a very standard 4 rows of 2 + 2 configuration. As we came onto plane a friendly male flight attended greeted everyone “hello” as they walked on in. The cabin looked fairly new and clean. Because we had booked the itinerary a few days previously, Susan and I were seated apart in 6A and 6F.
After exiting our Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong Susan and I proceeded to an American Airlines lounge. Because we had reserved this flight just 4 days earlier I really hadn’t a chance to research our lounge options. After looking at a terminal map I realized that American Airlines had a First Class Flagship Lounge in the airport. American has only 4 of these locations in the US including Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Miami. Additionally, there is one at London Heathrow.
Susan and I we had just over 750,000 AA miles we could use. Since we would not be able to take our originally planned Maldives trip we decided to use as many AA miles on vacations during the next year and try to harvest as much value as we could.
Susan and I used quite a few US Air miles while they were still a part of the Star Alliance group, and took a great trip through Asia and on to the Maldives back at the beginning of 2015. The highlight of the trip was staying at the Park Hyatt Hadahaa in the Maldives. We both loved the resort. I mean REALLY loved it. We enjoyed our stay so much we booked another trip there for 2016.
For those of you not living under a rock in the travel blogosphere, American Airlines has recently completed a massive devaluation of their airline miles. It occurred on March 22nd and some of the hits were pretty substantial. Continue reading “How We’re Using Our American Airline Miles”