Alaska Airlines’ Cuba Check-in Mess
Jan11

Alaska Airlines’ Cuba Check-in Mess

Travel to Cuba is still not allowed for tourist purposes and you must fall within one of 12 categories for travel. Among the options are Medical, Professional, Research, Religious, and Journalism. Because Alaska’s website makes sure to mention that you need to get a Visa before you travel, we made sure to order ours with plenty of time (over 3 weeks). We ordered it through an overseas travel company and they arrived! In reality, the...

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SkyJet, The fastest route from Boracay to Manila
Jan01

SkyJet, The fastest route from Boracay to Manila

The Caticlan airport (MPU) offers service via three airlines with any regularity; Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and the lovely little guy, SkyJet. Skyjet offers a fleet of 2, yup, you got it, 2 aircraft, and they run schedule service back and forth between Manila and MPU airport. Because they are the only “jet” service (the other airlines use prop planes) they offer the fastest service, at only around 35 minutes flight time....

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Air Asia, Flight Review, Flying around the Philippines
Dec25

Air Asia, Flight Review, Flying around the Philippines

After our short shuttle ride from the Microtel back into town (and crying a little bit as we passed the Best Western) we arrived at the Puerto Princesa airport. Once again just after drop off there is a security check where you have to show your passport/boarding passes, but once he saw our USA passports, he just waived us through. The arrivals lobby had a section for any last minute purchases and just to the left of it are all the...

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El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines. The Adventure Begins
Dec20

El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines. The Adventure Begins

Oh, what I wouldn’t do to be back in El Nido, in Palawan island. Well, I wouldn’t fly ANA from SEA to NRT to MNL again, for starters. After a less than comfortable experience flying there and getting to the island, the El Nido airport was a really unique and warm welcome, and not just because it was an ungodly 95 degrees. We had done some research and we knew that the only way to get from the airport to the hotel would be...

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The saddest first class flight on Alaska, Ever.
Dec19

The saddest first class flight on Alaska, Ever.

We’re putting this flight review out there as a PSA for those of you who are flying first class on Alaska or were considering doing so. Not all flights are created equal, so buyer beware! Alaska operates more nonstop flights between Seattle and the Los Angeles area than anyone else. There are literally dozens of flights between Seattle and LAX, BUR, ONT, and SNA every single day. Service on these flights can vary greatly depending on...

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El Nido Airport (ENI), the Cutest Airport Ever
Dec19

El Nido Airport (ENI), the Cutest Airport Ever

El Nido airport (ENI) is serviced exclusively by Air Swift, the small carrier that mostly services the El Nido resorts. You can read our post about them here. The flight is a very quick 40-45 minutes, and drops you off at one of the cutest airports I’ve ever seen. ENI is a single runway airport, and once you deplane, these shiny old buses are here to drive you to the terminal (45 seconds away). The thatched roofed, open-air buildings...

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Air Swift, the airline you’ve never heard of!
Dec17

Air Swift, the airline you’ve never heard of!

It should be noted that if you want to fly into the El Nido airport, there is one, and only one, carrier that can get you there. Air Swift is a small company and they mostly service the needs of the passengers who are heading to the expensive resorts on the north part of the island. The flights are easily bookable even if you’re not staying at those fancy resorts. Their website, albeit simplistic and lacking some basic functions (like...

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ANA 777 Coach, Tokyo NRT to Manila
Dec15

ANA 777 Coach, Tokyo NRT to Manila

Our connecting flight to Manila was just a few short gates away, and we headed off to the other side of the terminal where the Pepper robot was still in time out. Poor girl. As we headed down the hallway, we saw warning signs, presumably about the 7-8 lightning bolts headed for your intestines and the talking danger camel. If someone would help translate these, I’d love it ☺ All seemed normal as boarding commenced, but then as soon as...

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Flying Coach: ANA Dreamliner, Seattle to Tokyo Narita
Dec14

Flying Coach: ANA Dreamliner, Seattle to Tokyo Narita

Back in January, the Japanese Yen wasn’t having a good run in the markets. The yen against the dollar was at one of it’s lowest points (around .008 to the dollar) or in reverse around 125 Yen = $1. This provided a fantastic opportunity to buy tickets on the Japanese carriers since they were still pricing in Yen and then converting to USD to price tickets. We found a fantastic deal from Seattle-Tokyo-Manila-Tokyo-Vancouver...

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Overheard on my Alaska Airlines flight this morning
Oct09

Overheard on my Alaska Airlines flight this morning

I love Alaska Airlines, and it’s no secret. We’re fanboys of the airline for sure. Living in Seattle it makes it quite easy to hop on flights to wherever we need to get to, and their customer service is second to none. The miles that we earn have a ton of flexibility and they are currently the only US airline to give you a mile for every mile flown. That last point alone is enough to make sure that Alaska earns our travel dollars. But...

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