Qantas 787 Economy SFO-MEL

Qantas (QF) 787 Economy SFO-MEL Recently Qantas introduced a direct flight from San Fransisco to Melbourne on their new Boeing 787-900 aircraft.  At 15.5 hours, Flight 50 is a long flight though not as long as their other 787 route Perth to London.  Below is my experience with the route in November, 2018. Pre Departure … Read more

Alaska Airlines to Introduce Basic Economy Fare

Alaska Airlines to Introduce Basic Economy Fare I write a lot about Alaska Airlines — I find them to be a great airline, with a great loyalty program.  They mostly resist the race-to-the-bottom of other airlines.  Still, they are not immune.  They charge for checked luggage (though they have a great 20-minute guarantee).  They removed … Read more

Seattle to Europe for Under $300

British Airways A380 Business Class

At the time of this post, there are some great fares from the US to Europe.  Some of these dates are even over the high summer months of travel.  The best part (for me) is that some of the fares are valid departing Seattle.  Seattle (and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest) rarely has deals to … Read more

Virgin America Mileage Run

Virgin America mileage run

Virgin America Mileage Run Up until recently, Virgin America allowed for VERY creative routing for travel between Portland, OR (PDX) and Los Angeles (LAX).  Depending on the dates, you could fly from PDX-LAX with stops in San Francisco, Florida, New York, Boston, and/or DC for under $100.  Virgin America has changed the routing ability; it … Read more

American Airlines 787 Main Cabin Extra LAX-AKL

American Airlines 787-8 Main Cabin Extra LAX-AKL

American Airlines 787 Main Cabin Extra LAX-AKL After my terrible experience last weekend in American Airlines Business class, I wasn’t looking forward to my American Airlines 787 Main Cabin Extra LAX-AKL flight.  At 12+ hours each way, AA 82 and 83 are long flights to be in Economy (even if it is “Main Cabin Extra”). I purchased this … Read more

My JetBlue Mileage Run

JetBlue Mileage Run

JetBlue mileage run Earlier this month JetBlue was running the promotion of the year that promised to match (and then some) your Virgin America points after one roundtrip flight.   I signed up for the promotion and then status matched from Alaska MVP Gold to JetBlue Mosaic, their one level elite status.  I needed a trip before … Read more