How to Increase your First Class Upgrade Chances on Alaska Airlines
Dec09

How to Increase your First Class Upgrade Chances on Alaska Airlines

Ever since I moved to Seattle four years ago (has it been that long?) I have been lucky enough to hold Alaska Airlines top tier elite status and have enjoyed their benefits plenty, especially their MVP Gold75K upgrades to first class. But not everyone seems to have the same experience. A few months ago I was exposed to a social media group exclusive to MVP75K members who have had a very different experience from the one I’ve...

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Think Outside the (United Airlines) Box
Dec07

Think Outside the (United Airlines) Box

Hate flying to a destination that’s only serviced by an airline you can’t stand? Have you considered a very unconventional itinerary as an option to get you there? Here’s what I did.

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Thoughts on the SPG Reservation System Leak
Dec04

Thoughts on the SPG Reservation System Leak

Thoughts on the SPG Reservation System Leak from Someone Who Knows What They’re Talking About

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How to Buy Alaska Gold 75K Status and Why You Shouldn’t
Nov30

How to Buy Alaska Gold 75K Status and Why You Shouldn’t

It’s that time of the year again when Alaska Airlines Gold 75K members start doing the math to see if they’ll requalify top tier elite status. Here’s a quick note to help decide whether you should consider buying your missing miles instead of actually flying them.

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Alaska Airlines Swaps Paper for Rock (for Your Safety!)
Oct20

Alaska Airlines Swaps Paper for Rock (for Your Safety!)

In a parallel universe where rock beats paper in a game of rock, paper, scissors, Alaska Airlines replaces all of their paper safety cards on board with… stone?

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Turbulence Sends Passengers to Hospital
Oct18

Turbulence Sends Passengers to Hospital

I’ll never get tired of saying it. Wear your goddamn seat belt at all times when you’re at your seat, and here’s why. You never know when your plane will hit turbulence. That’s exactly why they ask you to wear it at all times even if the sign is not illuminated. And yet, people don’t pay the slightest bit of attention. Well, an Aerolineas Argentinas flight today en route from Miami struck severe turbulent...

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What the Hell is Wrong with Breakfast in the United States?
Oct18

What the Hell is Wrong with Breakfast in the United States?

How many times have I heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” since moving to the US, you ask? Probably way more times than I have actually believed it to be true. In most places in the world, breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day. Many places have four meals a day instead of three! I myself grew up in a world where both those things were true. Breakfast,  as it is in most of Europe, consisted of...

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Bonjour! Air France offers Mexico Helicopter Rides
Sep26

Bonjour! Air France offers Mexico Helicopter Rides

One of the byproducts of living relatively near to SeaTac, having TSA Precheck and Clear is that we have become rather cocky when calculating our commuting time from our place to the airport. More than once I have said to myself ‘I wish we could just take a helicopter ride’ in order to bypass our totally ridiculous and unpredictable Seattle traffic. Well, it turns out I might be able to now. Sort of. Voom Air France has...

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How Much is an Alaska 20 Minute Bag Guarantee Really Worth?
Sep25

How Much is an Alaska 20 Minute Bag Guarantee Really Worth?

A twitter discussion with another blogger gets me thinking (and calculating) how much an Alaska 20-minute bag guarantee really is worth.

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Why the Marriott Starwood Merger Wasn’t Smooth
Sep18

Why the Marriott Starwood Merger Wasn’t Smooth

and why it was unrealistic for you to have expected it to be… Before I get going, I will preface this post by saying that I work in IT. I have for the past ten years. I also happen to have specialized in projects dealing with mergers and acquisitions related technology changes, legacy systems replacement, integration and data migration. I enjoy this tremendously particularly because of all the challenges these circumstances pose to a...

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