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

El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines. The Adventure Begins

El Nido is a gorgeous paradise at the top of Palawan Island. It’s hard to get to, but it’s worth the trip. Enjoy!

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The saddest first class flight on Alaska, Ever.
Dec19

The saddest first class flight on Alaska, Ever.

Not all flights are the same, even on the same route, with the same airline. On this Alaska Air flight, we find out what happens when a flight isn’t catered and the flight attendants are snarky about it!

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

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

A little known airline called Air Swift services the island of Palawan and the airport of El Nido. They are the ONLY airline to service the small resort town.

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ANA 777 Coach, Tokyo NRT to Manila
Dec15

ANA 777 Coach, Tokyo NRT to Manila

ANA operates some of the best 787 Dreamliners in the world, but they also operate some of the oldest aircraft as well!

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Flying Coach: ANA Dreamliner, Seattle to Tokyo Narita
Dec14

Flying Coach: ANA Dreamliner, Seattle to Tokyo Narita

ANA has a large fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, and here you can read about the coach experience from Seattle to Tokyo

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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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How we upgraded from Business to First on Emirates
Oct03

How we upgraded from Business to First on Emirates

Earlier this year, Alaska Airlines upped their redemption rates on one-way tickets with Emirates. They took a lot of flak for doing so, especially for doing so with no advance notification. Luckily, Ben and I made a reservation 2 days beforehand from India back to the USA. We booked it at 90,000 miles each way, and now the cost has risen over 66% to 150,000 miles For me, even the increased price is WELL worth it, as the service is...

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London to Athens, British Airways A321 (old BMI)
Sep23

London to Athens, British Airways A321 (old BMI)

Many many moons ago there was this great little airline called British Midland, International, aka BMI. When I think of BMI, it’s usually Body Mass Index, so when I heard there was an airline called BMI, I steered away. Apparently so did most people because it was absorbed by British Airways a few years back. They did have a few really cool planes however, including a few A321 aircraft with a very interesting configuration. Usually...

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Seattle to London, British Airways 747 Club World
Sep14

Seattle to London, British Airways 747 Club World

We were admittedly a bit concerned when we approached SeaTac airport, as it’s one of the airports where the security lines we have noticed reached hours in wait time. Since this was a BA operated flight, we wouldn’t have any PreCheck available to us, which meant regular lines for us. Our saving grace however, as we noticed the lines WERE long but not unbearable, was that we were able to access the premium line. From luggage drop off...

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Flight 10 of 10, SFO-SEA, Underwhelming Delta #NMCLaborDay
Sep07

Flight 10 of 10, SFO-SEA, Underwhelming Delta #NMCLaborDay

The time has finally arrived, our last flight in the #NMCLaborDay mileage run to end all mileage runs.  We’re beyond tired and sore but it was all worth it! We headed back once again to the Admiral’s club in San Fran for a quick coffee and muffin before heading over to Terminal 1 to catch our Delta flight. We almost headed out of security but I asked the TSA officer how to get to Delta’s gates and he turned me back...

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