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Mileage Running – A Play by Play

1 Nov

The day has arrived! I will be live-blogging and tweeting the following mess:

Miles. I must have them.

MCI-CLE-SFO-LAS[19hr layover]-SFO-CLE-MCI

The Las Vegas layover is sponsored by a sweet deal found on Travelocity. Night at a non-Strip (but within 2 blocks) all-suites property and (full size) car rental for less than $65 hours total.

Check back starting at 11:30am CT and keep an eye out on Twitter for up to the minute hilarity events!

11:30am CT:

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All checked in, ready to go. Wondering how come Cleveland always gets ignored in all weather maps? I’d be reading the cities and it’s usually Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh. No love for Cleveland.

Maybe Chicago Bulls’ superstar Joakim Noah was right?

3:10pm ET:

Arrived safely at CLE. Joakim was right, I’m afraid. Nothing but factories out here. Gloomy weather as well. Not a pretty picture.

Currently in the United Club trying to not eat over 1,000 calories worth of trail mix and Milano cookies. Maybe this United Club has a signature Cleveland beer?

3:14pm ET

No local beers. Only 50mins until boarding to SFO starts. Can’t wait.

4:45pm ET

What I have access to for being Star Alliance Gold.

Could be worse, I guess?

On an Airbus 320. May be the first time all year. Noticed a sticker that said this plane has been “air worthy since 2000.”

Didn’t see an expiration date.

8:15pm PT

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Aboard CLE-SFO. The Colorado Rockies around sunset.

Flight arrived 25mins early. Everything is going flawless so far! I’m almost tempted to bet in Vegas (but I won’t).

Visited a couple United Club lounges and almost made it to the Singapore Business Class Kris Lounge but they weren’t open yet. Bastards.

Looking forward to going in tomorrow night before the red eye back to CLE.

How awesome is the SFO airport, by the way? Haven’t been here in 3 years but it sure is an automatic favorite. Up there with JFK’s Terminal 8 and Miami’s Terminal D. LAX sucks all over and ORD is too cramped.

I guess IAH/DFW are also cool in their everything-is-bigger-in-Texas way.

Taking off to LAS at 8:35pm PT.

8:33pm PT

Near full flights all day and 3 for 3 on empty middle seats! I really have to gamble now.

11:10pmPT

This is my 6th (or 7th) visit to Las Vegas since 2008 and the airport is now a completely different beast. Or at least Terminal 3 is. With direct routes to Seoul (Korean Air), London (British Airways), Dusseldorf (Air Berlin) and even Panama City (Copa Airline) LAS is now a major US player. 

The rental car shuttle was a quick 10-min ride away and once I a vehicle was secured immediately headed over to some truly local fare, courtesy of Yelp:

Not your typical Taco Bell visit.

I was like, “Carnal! Dame cuatro tacos diferentes! De lo que sea!” and they delivered. Above you have, pork, beef, tongue and brains. Plus a bunch of other stuff. Best (most authentic) tacos I ever had.

3:52am PT

After some Vegas-ing made it to the room before dawn. The 65$ spent on Travelocity (including car) where now looking better than ever.

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Adding a resort fee ($15) and $8 spent in gas the Travelocity deal of room + car ends up at $87. Still a pretty, pretty good deal.

November 2nd

8:07am PT

One of the perks of traveling west is your body is still running on CT/ET time. Waking up mildly refreshed after ~4hrs of sleep is something you get used to real quick in Las Vegas.

One of my Mileage Run rituals  is getting a workout at the final destination. In part to check out the local Gold’s Gym, in part to meet locals. Let’s see if I can pull it today.

12:51pm PT

No visit to Gold’s Gym but did manage to get a quick full body workout in preparation to a visit to The Strips’ newest buffet. The Bacchanal at Caesars Palace.

Good food but nothing you couldn’t have at the Bellagio, Wynn or any of the better buffets on the Strip.

3pmPT

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Bodies. Permanent exhibition at The Luxor.

With a couple of hours to kill before the airport, I finally got a chance to visit Bodies, The Exhibition. Always wanted to check it out but time never permitted it. Pretty fascinating stuff to see. It used to go around cities but now has been banned in several states and countries. If you get a chance to see it in Vegas or otherwise, I highly recommend it.

5:30pm PT

Let’s do this again.

On Friday afternoon folks are usually arriving  to Vegas so security was very quick. There were also no less than 8 lanes in this new terminal!  I’m confident even on a busy Sunday night things should move along relatively fast. Considering size and time spent, this may currently be the best airport experience in the US.

The inbound flight was slightly delayed so I made the 2-mile trek to The Club at LAS.

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Located by gate E2. AKA the furthest gate you can walk to.

I’m a fan of The Club at DFW and this is a bigger, upgraded version. Also offering premium drinks and made-to-order sandwiches.

We may have to thank Korean Air for getting this one done?

8:48pmPT

Arrived in SFO where I walked  another mile to the International Terminal just to be denied entry at the Singapore Silver Kris Lounge. I get access to it as a Star Alliance Gold member but only when flying internationally. Major letdown.

Off to the United Club and more crackers and trail mix.

10:48pm PT

Full flight to CLE. Crap. Bring on the redeye pain. At least I have Channel 9.  THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING ABOUT FLYING UNITED. Hands down.

November 3rd

6:22am ET

I’m back at Cleveland.  I feel like I’ve been in planes for a week. But it’s only three two days. I have to go from concourse F to concourse D and this is what I have in front of me. Of course.

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10:33amCT

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Perpetuating the Kansas stereotype. Landing at MCI. (Missouri)

48 hours later, another mileage run adventure ends successfully. Very impressed with the United operations. 5 of 6 flights departed but better yet all arrived as scheduled or earlier. And again, channel 9 is just too awesome for any aviation geek. 

Need some miles for travel or status? Go ahead, give it a run.

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More Mileage Running and Status Matches

25 Oct

Talking about miles and travel hacking cracking

Back in February I introduced you to the concept of mileage runs. Those insane trips to somewhere and back for the sole purpose of accruing miles.

I have traveled a lot this year but besides my introductory post, I have only done one other pure mileage run during 2012. During the summer, Frontier Airlines offered a status match to Southwest’s frequent flyers in Colorado. Frontier is based in Denver and they do it to entice customers to switch carries without losing their “top privileges.” American Airlines did it this year as well, matching top United flyers.

Frontier’s matching was targeted for Colorado residents but I proceeded to (conveniently) ignore that fact and emailed them something along these lines:

“Hello, I am based in KC and even though I’m AA Platinum, there are many times when Frontier has great fares. If you were to match me to Summit (Frontier’s highest status) I would gladly pick your airline over the competition.”

Short, sweet and actually really honest. They wrote back a couple of days later telling me I was being granted top status for 60 days and had to flight 6-segments within that period to keep my Summit status until February 2014.

I ended up flying to Phoenix for a previously booked trip and decided to check on Frontier for the return. Luckily, they had a very good sale going on (they often do) and I managed to grab a PHX-DEN and a DEN-MCI, both for around $105 total.

That left me with about a month to complete my status challenge. With no domestic trips in the agenda at the time, I had to do a last minute mileage run (or in this case, segment-run) and booked MCI-DEN, DEN-OKC, OKC-DEN, DEN-MCI. I actually booked them as four separate one-way tickets just to be safe on the segment situation. The language wasn’t really clear on the challenge letter.

The day came and I flew back-to-back-to-back-to-back over 16 hours. I even managed to get some exercise in while at it. Two 200-meter sprints across the Denver airport.

Securing Summit status until Feb 2014 cost me about $240. I expect this to pay dividends over 2013 as I schedule flights FLL (great fares to Miami), MCO, SFO and MSY (now a new direct flight from MCI). In fact, carrying my Summit card has already worked tremendously. At MDW in Chicago, showing my card pre-security allowed me to skip a monstrous line just a couple of weeks ago. (Even though I was not flying Frontier at the time….ahem….* wink*)

More matching stories

About six months ago, [one European Star Alliance airline] offered to status match flyers in other alliances. However, this offer was only open to people living in [certain Asian countries]. Being a smart, envelope-pusher individual, I contacted a colleague living in one of those certain Asian countries and he agreed to let me use his home address in my registration. 2-3 emails later and I was matched to Star Alliance Gold. Awesome. (Two weeks later I went online and updated my profile’s address so I could receive the actual card.)

Status matches are not that uncommon. Aegean Airlines and Turkish Airlines (also Star Alliance members) usually have them year-round but I decided to go with the [one European Star Alliance airline] because their offer was temporary and extremely limited.

Why do it? Well, having top status with Star Alliance allows me an added freedom when it comes to picking who to fly with. Now I can truly look for the cheapest fares knowing I don’t HAVE to fly American Airlines (or other One World member) or Frontier. It’s a great thing to have…but unfortunately, also hard to maintain year after year.

As part of my match to top status with this [one European Star Alliance airline], I have to fly 50,000 miles (with any Star Alliance airlines) before May 2013. Fifty thousand! The same amount I’ll also have to fly during all of 2013 with One World alliance airlines in order to keep my American Airlines Platinum status. On paper, it sounds like a lot…and it is!

No, honestly, it’s relatively manageable when you run the numbers. Thanks to Copa Airlines (Panama) and Avianca/Taca (Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica) joining the Star Alliance (and because I already qualified for PLT with American Airlines), I’ve already racked up some airtime and stand at close to 15,000 miles.

Status matches are not exclusive to airlines. Some hotel chains offer some sort of challenge (stay 6 nights over the next 3 months)  while others may even just give it to you straight up!

You really have to like flying

Airplanes and airports are absolutely fascinating to me. I’m sure you realized that by now. Every arrival to a new airport is exciting, every take-off, every landing (knock on wood so they’re always the same number!), even just the process of booking the ticket itself is exciting!

A few weeks ago, doing a common random 2am ITA Fare Matrix search, I ran across an excellent Kansas City to Las Vegas fare. Round trip, everything included, for $160.34 on United. The merger with Continental earlier this year was probably no big deal for the casual traveler. To be honest, it wasn’t to me either until I started flying United again and realized more hubs = more potential miles!

Through some internet magic, I managed to dig and book MCI-CLE-SFO-LAS-SFO-CLE-MCI for that exact same price. I could have easily flown MCI-IAH-LAS for a more direct routing but I don’t want a direct route! I want to maximized my mileage per dollar spent (Cents per Mile, CPM). I also greatly improve my chances of running into overbooked flights that may be paying for people to  take a later flight  in exchange for a three-digit voucher. With no checked bags and an open schedule, it’s a no-brainer.

This “optimized” routing will earn me ~6500 miles. A very nice amount considering for only 10,000 miles I can fly one-way from/to Caracas to/from other South American cities, including Lima, San Jose and Bogota. These tickets are usually over $500 when purchased one-way. Nonsense, I know.

Those cities are also major hubs for LAN and Avianca/Taca, in case I need to to reposition for future flights (see? It’s all connected!).

Live blogging the experience

This madness starts Thursday (November 1st, 2012). Departing KC at 11:30am CT, eventually arriving in Las Vegas before 11pm PT. After 17 hours on the Strip in the city, I’ll hop on 3 more planes and if all goes as planned, land back in KC before 10am Saturday. Mileage runs are great when you can pull them over a Friday-Saturday but sometimes you gotta burn a weekday in there.

I’ll be live blogging on the way there and back. With so many connections and airports I’m sure there will be plenty of stories to share on here and on my twitter account.

Stay tuned!

Traveling by the Experts (DJ Paul Van Dyk)

27 Jun

Traveling by the Experts will be a series where some of the most frequent travelers in the world share their experiences. Some interviews I conduct myself, while others will be reposted from around the web. Personalities will range from international celebrities to athletes and fellow bloggers. In this first edition, world renown DJ Paul Van Dyk shared his traveling preferences with MAX, a German magazine.

The originally interview was first published in 2007. Through the magic of the internet and some linguistic help, I bring you the translated version.

My comments in blue and the bolding is mine. German is not a cheery language as you may say, so bear with me if things get a little clunky.

(All rights belong to MAX. Click here for the original interview in German. )

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Max Paul van Dyk, in the past year (2006) you have spent 792 hours on a plane and circled the earth 16 times. Actually, you could be just like a pilot, as they dont fly much more than you.

VAN DYK with the difference that a pilot is flying for work and my work only begins when I land somewhere.
 
MAX Since when do you pull this workload through?

VAN DYK In this form, since 2000. More would be counterproductive, I would need an extra day in the week. I am also unhappy that the Concorde has been abolished. I was able to save some time with it. 

(The comment about the Concorde makes total sense. He was able to save 3-4 hours of flying between the US and Europe alone).

MAX Are there types of aircraft that you avoid?
VAN DYK All by aircraft manufacturer McDonnell Douglas. So in the DC 9, DC 10, the Fokker 50 and so on, I do not get on.
(Fascinating, considering I’ve worked on this post aboard one of the 192 McDonnell Douglas airplanes still in the American Airlines fleet).
MAX Why not?

VAN DYK Good airlines such as Lufthansa or British Airways do not have these machines in the fleet and for good reason (these aircrafts seem to have quite a history). Avianca, for example, has very many of them (fortunately, this seems to have changed since). I avoid certain charter airlines, Air Birkin, for example. In Latin America, I prefer flying with Copa Airlines, are now , even if I have to take a detour via Panama. Copa has a modern fleet, mostly Boeing aircrafts. Taca is also a good Latin American airline. (Precisely Avianca, Taca and Copa are the newest members of the Star Alliance, which Lufthansa happens to be founding member of.)

MAX Are you afraid of flying?

VAN DYK Not really, because I’m trying to minimize the risk with my choice of airline. But there are still always strange occurrences. The last flight from Miami to Quito, we took three tries to start. We started to roll, then came the announcement that the papers were not ready yet. I.e. 20 minutes of waiting. The second attempt ended with an emergency stop, apparently because a door was not closed. The third launch attempt was announced, saying now that we would only lose time to make sure everything works. It can even be very uncomfortable.

MAX How to get safely to remote places in Central America?
(Being from Venezuela I find all this talk about flying to/from Latin and Central America absolutely priceless.
 
VAN DYK I usually fly first class to Miami and then from the Executive Airport in Opa-Locka with private jet to Bogota, Medellin and other venues.
MAX Then you have so much space.

VAN DYK That always sounds great, but how can 7 people fit in a Learjet? 2, you can fly comfortably, but 5 of us is tight.

MAX your travel costs must be enormous.
VAN DYK Yes, but it pays off. My daily journey is organized very tightly, so is also important that everything runs as smoothly as possible. There are also private jet charter companies with sky-wide price differences. Lufthansa offers the service “Executive Business Jet(more recent info in this link), which flies to exactly twice the money as my charter company in Berlin. It is worthwhile to look at the price.
MAX you are a member of Lufthansa’s Hon Circle (requiring 600,000 miles in two years). Is it true in Frankfurt they will take you with a chauffeured Mercedes S-class from the gate to the aircraft?

VAN DYK Theoretically yes, but not always practical work of service, and he became Senator client is available to fly, the economy. (We found this sentence rather confusing. Mentioning that someone always get the car so the idea of the s-class isn’t practical?) So the S-Class quota is exhausted quickly, and there is no car available when I need one. Therefore, I prefer to use the Fraport VIP Service. A little extra cost, but I will always be picked up from the aircraft to a lounge where the passport and customs check is done for me, saving much time. I’ll also be driven directly to the next plane back.

MAX We’re impressed. No, jealous.

VAN DYK It is very important for me to explain. That sounds all very crazy at first. But sometimes I only have five minutes to catch a flight, which is not under normal circumstances. I have had to cancel, perhaps, half of the tour because I would have arrived too late.

MAX First or Business Class?

VAN DYK I use first on long haul flights (seems like usually the talent flights on 1st, while the rest of the crew/management has to settle with business)Of the 100 percent of first-class travelers, I would say that maybe one percent do it for reasons of prestige. The rest are people like me who have to work or sleep, because they start working after the flight.

(This is completely understandable. If you have a gig starting at 11pm, the last thing you want to do is get there jet lagged and destroyed).

MAX You sometimes fly economy?

VAN DYK Yes, on short flights. Easy Jet from Schoenefeld to Liverpool to Ibiza in the summer or with Condor from Dusseldorf. I could also fly directly from Berlin to Ibiza with Air Berlin, but I do not like them. The seats are so close, in my experience, one has to sit uncomfortable with their knees pressed against the seat. (Welcome to my life, Van Dyk!)

MAX Do you ever wake up in a hotel and don’t know where you are?
VAN DYK Yes, it happens again and again. I always sleep two or three hours before my gig. Then, when I get the wake-up call, I’m just confused at times.
MAX Which hotels do you prefer? (Way for it, it gets better)
VAN DYK If there is a Mandarin Oriental, I can only recommend it to everyone. This is no a tip for tourists but for businessmen who are under extreme stress conditions and need a bit better services than the usual first-class hotel. The Four Season’s is great too. At the Hyatt Regency one must be cautious (so honest!). Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt are the premium brands and I’ve had good experiences. Especially with the Park Hyatt in Sydney and Hong Kong. However, the Park Hyatt in Shanghai and Beijing are also great.
(Here’s one recent review of the Park Hyatt Shanghai, courtesy of Ben at One Mile at the Time.)

MAX Is a bad hotel reason for you to leave right after you perform?

VAN DYK Of course. There are so many inconveniences on the road, but one of the most disgusting things is a filthy carpet or when bedspreads are dirty. Sometimes I have been already dressed on the bed and just waited until I was able to check out.
(Pretty sure we have all gone through this at some point, no?)

MAX In your opinion, what does a top 5 star hotel offer?

VAN DYK It must be squeaky clean. I also need to have food available around-the-clock. And not just a warm sandwich that is made by the porter.

MAX Room or suite?
VAN DYK I usually book a slightly larger room or Junior Suite Executive.
MAX How do you use your hotel room? When?

VAN DYK I’m mostly in after the soundcheck. Around 7:30pm-8pm I head to the hotel, sleep for four hours, shower and then leave at midnight or 1 o’clock to the gig. No matter where in the world, my day usually runs quite the same. Get up, airport, fly, arrive, soundcheck, interviews, sleep, wake up, gig. That changes depending on flight time or travel disruptions.

MAX What do you do in the hotel when you’re free?

VAN DYK I sleep. This is the most important thing. And I use the mini-bar, because I do not want to wait half hour, until they bring me a bottle of water.
MAX in-room service or restaurant?
VAN DYK Only Room Service. (Following many DJs on Twitter, you’d be surprised to know almost all always order room service).
MAX shower or tub?
VAN DYK I prefer to shower in a bathtub because you never really know if that was cleaned well. (FYI, German is really tough to translate).
MAX Have you ever left with something from the room? (Is there a nicer way to ask if you ever stole anything?)

VAN DYK No. What I need, I always have, everything else is just more baggage.

MAX You have breakfast in the hotel?
 
VAN DYK Not really. I usually sleep until late in the morning and then check out immediately.
 
MAX How much do you tip the maid?
 
VAN DYK nothing for housekeeping, but of course for the room service, and if someone helps with luggage.
(I’d concur here. Is not like he’s trashing the room every night.)
MAX What currency do you take for cash with you?
 
VAN DYK mostly dollars and euros. In the beginning the euro was not as popular, but now it has become common knowledge that he is worth more than the dollar.
 
MAX Trendy hotels or more classic ones?

VAN DYK I like them classic, like the Mandarin Oriental or Grand Hyatt. But not so techhouse and spun like some design hotels. I was recently in Mexico City at the W hotel and it was the most impractical room I’ve seen for a long time.The shower was in middle of the room and looked like an oversized coffee-cup of milk. To turn on the tap, you had to get out of the tub. The curtain was hanging around outside. So if you got out of the tub, you were sure to slip. Or if you try to shave at the Sanderson Hotel in London, then that’s one mess. The sink is on one side, the  mirror on the other side. You must race back and forth with the razor. 

(I’m a fan of Starwoods hotels and a Platinum member and that’s one of the most dead-on, funniest reviews of a trendy hotel room I’ve seen. Ever).

I’m still laughing!

Sanderson Hotel:

Ha! Where’s the mirror?

MAX Are there always surprises when traveling?

VAN DYK Most problems were from entering a new country.  Rule number one: We must never contradict the immigration authorities. (Listen up, international Mileage Runners!). No matter how wrong they are. In South Korea, I was sometimes paid directly by the club at the immigration police, because the organizers had not informed my office that the country had changed the entry and exit conditions. I had my passport taken away from me and had no control the next day when I wanted to fly home. 

MAX It helps to have good contacts.

VAN DYK At times. For example, my wife and I had four days after a tour in Cancun, Mexico, and of course I had to left my equipment there. The Customs wanted to keep my suitcase and locked it in a room because they thought I was going to sell my equipment. I’ve only got everything back quickly because I know someone who owns half Cancun.

MAX For your trips, what are the “must haves” in addition to your equipment?

VAN DYK In any case, my phone and my Blackberry.

MAX your favorite airport?

VAN DYK The Changi Airport in Singapore (this seems to be the general consensus amongst all international celebrities), because it offers a good mix between rest zone and the gates and shops are easily accessible. There is also the best lounge, the one by Singapore Airlines (I have had that lounge and airport on my must-visit list for a few months now). They have a great restaurant with a light Asian food, which is of course much easier to digest than a fat pig roast or packaged sandwiches from British Airways. (!!!)

MAX Which airline has the most beautiful stewardesses?

VAN DYK not so much the appearance of the stewardesses – but I think the uniforms of the Asian airlines are very pretty. The flight attendants of Singapore Airlines are indeed seen as representatives of the country and therefore they dress very typical for the country.

MAX Have you made interesting travel acquaintances?

VAN DYK Actually, only involuntary, because I admit, like most first-class travelers I pay the extra money so I can have peace and sleep. (If you happen to sit next to a celebrity in first class, this will usually be the case. It’s not because they’re rude or a-holes as it is because they need the rest). But there’s always a few exceptions, such as the three Russians who were sitting behind me. As soon as we were in the air, one of them took a folding chair from the luggage compartment, placed it in the aisle and then they proceeded to play Bingo three times.  In another flight a drunken Austrian sure wanted to talk to me. He asked me what I was reading, I was amused a bit because he laughed at every joke in the movie. But then the whole thing ended when he said, “We are a fun pair, like ying and yang. You are quiet and asleep and I’m taking everything.”  I don’t think I have ever been as rude to a man in a plane. 

(Hey, they’re Europeans…I’m sure something got lost in translation there).

MAX Does this non-stop traveling around really takes it out of you?

VAN DYK Naturally, I try not to get sick with the constant stresses. Especially when I’m in Berlin. Where I can lie flat for 2 days. 

MAX How long  do you want to keep this up?

VAN DYK The process of traveling, this waste of time and waiting is already uncomfortable and not at all glamorous. Even if you fly first class. But these gigs in foreign countries to experience the cultures and to stand as in San Salvador, with about 10 000 people, that’s like a flash, and then it is worth the whole ordeal again.

Interview: Annette Utermark

Many thanks to RG for helping with the translation.

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Some may think he comes off rather cocky and pretentious but when you get paid tens of thousands of dollars to play songs for a couple of hours you earn the right to request first class seats and five star hotels. In fact, I believe that’s standard practice in the music business at this point.

Thoughts or comments?

Mileage Runs

5 Feb

You may wonder what a mileage run (MR) is. I don’t blame you, I never heard of the term until I got involved in the world of frequent flying.

A mileage run is a trip that is taken solely for the purpose of accumulating miles with the airline or alliance. Yes, it sounds…crazy.

There’s a variety of reasons while people embark on mileage runs. Usually it comes down to two things, achieving elite status with the airline and/or taking advantage of a running promotion (some promos let you get x2, x3 the miles flown).

Here’s a handy chart with the benefits you can enjoy for having elite status in American Airlines. My airline of choice.

A true MR is considered to be one in which you fly to a destination land, get off the plane and immediately head back. Sometimes even in the same aircraft with the same crew. Note: I hear their faces are priceless when they see you boarding again.

Currently on a quest to become Platinum with American Airlines, last week I went on my first mileage run. After much searching, MCI to SAN was the best mile-for-your-buck (aka, cents-per-mile) fare available. I ended up flying MCI-DFW-SAN-DFW-MCI and spending 4 hours roaming San Diego. From 6am to midnight, almost 9 hours were spent up in the air.

Arrived to SD at 10:30am and made sure to enjoy the 4-hr layover:

Like every other out-of-towner visiting the West Coast. A must stop. Incidentally, also a pre-workout meal.

May as well get a workout in, no?

Gold’s Gym SD. The view from the cardio theater.

Some post-workout replenishment:

When you’re this close to the ocean, sushi is mandatory.

About two hours from catching my flight back, I thought I would start walking towards the airport and take on some sun:

Sunny San Diego at a chilly 52F.

However, about 45 minutes into my hiking I decided to get a cab and get my ass back to the airport. Despite only having a carry-on,  a MR is not the time to cut it close to the gate!

Got back with a few minutes to spare and off I was.

Later, Pacific. Always a pleasure.

After a 65min layover in DFW and landing at MCI at 12:04am, the deed was done.

I am now 1,770 EQPs closer to platinum status.

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