Heading South to… America? South America that is – Part 1

August 2017

A lot of people are surprised when they find out the long list of countries I have visited doesn’t include South America. I just had never really had the opportunity or chance to visit… until recently, that is.

Periodically, American Airlines has really good sale fares to places like PTY (Panama) and SJO (San José, Puerto Rico.) I was debating how I was going to requalify for MVP Gold when I saw the sale pop up again, this time to Bogotá. I have always wanted to go to South America and this would allow me to see what AA transcontinental service from LAX to MIA was like (since it’s designated as a premium service for North America). I managed to find an itinerary I liked and booked my round trip ticket from LAX. Now I just needed to get to LA… Continue reading


3 ticket, 6 fights, and 56 hours…

In order to get a good deal on tickets, I’m willing to fly a bit out of the way; okay a lot out of the way.  My flight home from Sweden was not only long, but ended up being longer than anticipated.

The journey started out decently.  I found a cheap flight to Istanbul on AtlasGlobal which arrived late on the Saturday night, with plenty of time to make my connection.  Since these were two separate tickets I wanted to allow for a lot of time in case something went wrong; luckily, it didn’t.  AtlasGlobal is a discount carrier based in Turkey, but they are much better than any other “discount” airline I’ve flown, such as EasyJet or Ryan Air.  The flight from Stockholm to Istanbul was on time, and fairly pleasant.  With free food, free drinks, and a row to myself, it was a lot better than many flights in North America.  I will say that someone was allowing their children to run up and down the aisle, jumping on seats.  Some people just have no clue.  I was close to saying something, but then the drink cart came by and blocked them in the back of the plane for a while… and the wine also helped. Continue reading

Stockholm for a Whole Week!

So I’ve got another crazy trip coming up! If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you would not find this shocking. The surprising part is that I’m actually spending a whole 6 days in Stockholm! The crazy part is just they way I get there. I never spend that much time in one place, so it should be fun! I’m going to visit a friend who just bought a house there (although I really don’t need a reason to visit) and I managed to get a fantastic deal on airfare!

It’s a bit convoluted…My routing is as follows:

  • YVR-SEA-SFO on Alaska
  • ARN-IST on Atlas Global
  • IST-CDG on Air France
  • CDG-SEA-SFO on Delta
  • SFO-SEA-YVR on Alaska

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Trip Report: Lufthansa SEA-FRA Business

After landing at Seatac airport I had about 4 hours to kill so I decided to visit both the United Club in the main terminal and The Club at the south terminal.  The United Club was almost empty as there were not many united flights leaving around the time I arrived.  It’s a petty small lounge but it’s got a nice seating area, a limited bar and food area, coffee maker, newspapers and magazines… Pretty much everything you’d expect in a United Club lounge.  I had a drink and settled into a chair to charge my phone and hop on the wifi.  Though the airport has free wifi, I find that typically lounge wifi will be faster and has much longer time limits, if any, before you have to reconnect.

After a few hours relaxing in the quiet lounge, I moved over to the south satellite terminal, hoping on the train for the quick trip to the gates.  Upon making my way to the gate area I headed over to The Club lounge to wait for my flight to board.  This lounge was much busier, but I managed to find an empty seat and settled in to wait.  This lounge had a larger selection of food, and more drinks options, including mixed drinks which they would make for you and bring to you at your seat.  I grabbed a few snacks and a drink or two while I was waiting.  The lounge had large windows looking out onto the Tarmac and if you grab a bar seat by the window, you can watch the dance of planes. Continue reading

Trip Report: Air Canada YVR-SEA Economy

So by the time I was finally getting my flights all sorted there was almost nothing left for a transpacific flight in business class; in fact, the agent who was helping me couldn’t pull up anything at all on their system.  I was finding one transatlantic flight with availability: SEA-FRA on Lufthansa, but that meant getting to Seattle first.

There were some schedule changes that made my original flight a bit more onerous, so I ended up switching to a single stop in Chicago and then on to Istanbul. However, when I was printing out all my documents, I realized that my visa didn’t start until the 9th (the day I was supposed to arrive) and now my flight was scheduled to arrive the 8th… Lesson learned: get the visa for a day or two before you arrive in case your flights/schedule changes. Continue reading

Anything that goes as planned is boring.

First adventure of the blog!

We are a starting out small for this one… A quick trip down to California for the long weekend. Hmmmm should be a nice easy trip…

Things started out alright: minimal long weekend traffic, no line at the border (yay nexus, although the regular line was only 20 min), quick trip to Bellingham…. Only to find out my first flight was delayed, making it basically impossible to make the earlier flight to SFO as I had planned (the connection was too tight to make an official booking, but I was hoping I’d make it). It was okay as I had been upgraded on the flight down to San Fran. I killed some time in Bellingham before heading to the airport.

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