Susan and I arrived at Sacramento Airport’s Terminal B at 10:00am on a Friday morning and parked in the airports only parking garage. At check-in we were processed quickly by a sweet girl working the Alaska Airlines ticket counter, and after each of us checked a bag we headed to our gate for a 11:35am departure time. Continue reading “Review: Alaska Airlines Domestic Coach – Sacramento to Seattle”
Susan wanted to visit friends in Northern Washington, and she wanted to have me join her for a weekend together ahead of her trip. Having always loved that area of the world, I appreciated the invite and we planned our weekend together.
I love visiting airport lounges, from the really big gorgeous ones to little funky ones tucked away in corners. The whole airport lounge thing is just so weird and diverse. Rules for visiting, inter-airline agreements, product differentiation, and the psychological mindset that attracts customers to visit them. It’s really a study in marketing, economics, and the traveling culture. Continue reading “Lounge Scene Seattle Airport”
I have been a Hyatt Gold Passport member for over 7 years. Most of that time I’ve been platinum level, and in 2014 when Hyatt offered a “Diamond Status Challenge” I decided to take it. The timing was good as we happened to have a lot of Hyatt stays planed, and the challenge was successfully completed. I requalified in 2015, and both Susan and I have found a lot of value in maintaining my diamond level with Hyatt.
Since our flight was delayed 18 minutes our connection was cut down from 53 to 35 minutes. On top of that, we arrived at gate G14 and my departing flight DL 1260 was going out of gate D4, the opposite side of the airport. I really enjoy the quirky airport that Minneapolis is, but because of this tight connection I wasn’t going to be spending much time here.
After enjoying my first visit to the LGA Centurion Club I walked back to Terminal C. Although it was early in the morning lines were already starting to form at security. Fortunately, I was TSA PreCheck and that line was relatively short. I find this to be typically the case at LGA and TSAPre is especially useful at this airport. After a few minutes I was through security and on my way to the gate.
I awoke and headed out to LaGuardia airport at 5:00am via a New York yellow cab. My flight didn’t depart until 8:10am, but I wanted to get to the airport early and check out the American Express Centurion Club. My flight was departing out of Terminal C and the Centurion Club was located in Terminal B. I didn’t know how long it was going to take to get between terminals but I wanted give myself plenty of time.
Certainly elite status with Delta is not what it used to be. This is also true with the other large American airlines including United, American and Southwest. Even so, there was still enough value in the program in order to retain my participation. Until recently that is. The changes in the comfort+ seating benefits tipped the scales and convinced me to make changes – eventually.
“What’s the matter?” Susan asked. She could tell something was bothering me as I paced about the house. “I think I’m going to stop trying for elite status with Delta” I answered. “Really!?” Susan was surprised. “But Delta has all those great people on their planes and they always treat us so nice” she countered.
Susan was right. We were always treated nice by Delta, and they’ve been a good airline to have elite status with. But things have changed. Continue reading “Delta, The Long Goodbye – Part 1”
Spending New Year’s Eve and Day with a close friend in New York was a real treat. Shortly after arriving in the city Scott showed up at my hotel – he had wanted to check out the Park Hyatt. We made our way to the hotel bar and spent our $50 credit rather quickly. Having a proper warmer we made our way onto the streets.