Delta 747 BusinessElite, Tokyo to Los Angeles

Delta 747-400 upper deck

I flew to Tokyo from Seattle on Delta’s A330-200, but returned on the 747-400 nonstop to Los Angeles.  Before this trip, the 747 was the final aircraft in the Delta fleet that I hadn’t flown (I’ve flown many other 747s, just not a Delta one), so I was pretty excited to say the least.  … [Read more...]

Review: Seattle to Tokyo in Delta’s A330 BusinessElite

Business class cabin (from in-flight)

In April, I took a quick trip to Tokyo.  I used 120,000 Delta Skymiles to book Los Angeles-Seattle-Tokyo-Los Angeles, although it is now 140,000 miles after the latest devaluation.  The Los Angeles to Seattle flight was originally on Alaska Airlines, though a schedule change allowed me to … [Read more...]

American Airlines A321T Business Class LAX-JFK


On my recent status run with American Airlines, I flew from Honolulu to San Juan and back on a relatively cheap business class fare in order to earn 50% bonus Elite Qualifying Points. Another advantage of this trip is that I was able to route myself to try the new Airbus A321 transcon … [Read more...]

United Airlines p.s. BusinessFirst SFO-JFK


Last fall I needed to get to Toronto and was faced with two unpleasant options. I could either fly non-stop on a red-eye flight with Air Canada, or I could connect in San Francisco and New York-JFK and try United’s p.s. BusinessFirst service. Since I had never flown on the p.s. route and … [Read more...]

Review: Hyatt 48Lex


I don’t visit New York very often, but when I do I find myself frustrated by high prices for hotels that are often disappointing. They may have some pros, but there are too many cons considering what I’m paying. For example, the Grand Hyatt New York has an excellent Grand Club and good … [Read more...]

Review: Hyatt Regency Waikiki (Pre-/Post-Renovations)


Last month I took a long-ish trip between Honolulu and San Juan, in part to try out the new service on American Airlines’ A321T between Los Angeles and New York-JFK and also to help me satisfy a trial for my new AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Rather than make an immediate turn I … [Read more...]