Our Private Cruise in the Virgin Islands on Drumbeat I


My dad treated the family to a vacation in the Virgin Islands last month. It was certainly a unique experience and my first time to the Caribbean. (Second time, actually, if you count one night at an airport hotel in San Juan.) But it also has zero to do with points and miles. Absolutely … [Read more...]

Review: Alaska Airlines First Class to Hawaii (SEA-OGG)


On our way to Hawaii last year, Megan and I booked a revenue fare on Alaska Airlines and an award ticket on Hawaiian Airlines for the return. I was kind of excited to try them both as all of my previous trips to Hawaii had been on United or American. (Except for a charter flight when I was … [Read more...]

Review: Asiana First Suite Class, New York to Seoul

Asiana First Suite

My flight on Asiana First Suite Class was at 1pm, but I didn't get out of my hotel room at the Four Points in Chelsea until about 10:15am.  I walked to Penn Station and took the Long Island Railroad and AirTrain, putting me at JFK Terminal 4 at about 11:30am.  I quickly found the check-in … [Read more...]

Booking a miles and points trip to Angkor Wat

My outbound trip, maximizing United miles best I could before the devaluation

In November, 2013, Asiana opened up award space in First Class on almost every flight possible.  Of interest was their new First Suite Class on their 77W (actually a 777-200), which only operated between New York-JFK and Seoul-Incheon. The United devaluation had just been announced … [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...]