At last let the fun begin. Fall is here and it is time to fly. Not just a little, but a lot. My first day was a mileage run to LAX via ATL. It got started with a great stay in Milwaukee. I spoke with the TSA folks and was informed that TSA Pre✓™ should be open in ONE MONTH in MKE! Great news to see so many more airports expanding the program.
Once at Atlanta I trucked up to the “hidden” A Skyclub near and started checking tweets. All of a sudden I see a tweet from a fellow BA blogger and..
Uh, really, MJ on Travel is one concourse over from where I am right now? Time to club hop!
I do correspond now and then with MJ, but it is was so funny to bump in to him along the way. Even more fun, was an e-mail along the way from my MKE-ATL flight from Tony, a reader, who was about to land in ATL. It happened to be he was landing 2 gates from the “T” Skyclub where MJ was (what are the odds?)!
Tony, it was so great to meet you! I look forward to spending more time with ya next time chatting about points and miles!
Thanks to the mighty schedule change rule I was able to change my flight to one that resulted in getting to fly my transcon not on the stock 767-300 with business class seats, marginally better than a standard coach seat, to an internationally configured bird that I reviewed here on my trip to Amsterdam in May. There was no wifi, but it was worth the trade-off to me for the space and seat. As readers know, for me, legroom is king and this seat has all I could need.
The downside was, thanks to FeBo, I was the last one on the flight to get to pick my meal choice. I was really looking forward to the choice as the cold steak with potato salad is a very nice meal. The flight crew was kind enough to allow me to pick a meal off the “eats” menu and I picked the roast beef sliders!
The flight was nice, I got to watch a movie as the IFE worked fine. The view out the window transcon is always breathtaking. Even if you fly a bunch, take some time and just appreciate a view so few will ever have!
The only minor issue I had was some other passenger had destroyed the USB power port so there was no charging of my phone this way (I had my power brick and was using the 110 for my laptop). I may shoot off an e-mail to Delta.com and advise them about it and see if I get a few points.
Upon landing I headed over to In-N-Out burger to meet up with not just two readers, but also bumped into one of the flight attendants from my ride to LAX.
It is so much fun to get to know readers better and to chat about our collective obsession / enthusiasm for points, miles and all things travel. I look forward to seeing both soon again!
Back to the airport and a quick shower and then some time in the Alaska club since my flight out was on that side of the airport.
This was my first time in the Alaska Boardroom in LAX and it is very nice. No where near as crowded as the Delta side and so many more choices when it comes to food and drinks.
I got in with my Skyclub membership. Your AMEX Reserve card will NOT get you in, but if you have the AMEX Platinum Membership Rewards card that will get you in. My visit was short but fun to take it all in.
Lastly it was time to fly back home to MKE via ATL again. I had the same internationally configured 767 on the way back and slept very well with the full flat seat. It really does make a huge difference in how rested you can be.
I did not have much time in Atlanta but did have a chance to enjoy sunrise on the SkyDeck before my next flight.
A quick tip on getting to the club. If you arrive on the plane train it is 3 sets of escalators to get up to the 3rd floor. It is much faster to go past the escalators and just take the elevator all the way up as it dumps you out just about at the front door of the “F” Skyclub.
It was great, during Day one, getting to meet 3 readers and bump into MJ on Travel. All of my upgrades for day one and day two had cleared before I started and that made this trip a bit more relaxing as I was not concerned about trying to change flights etc. to score an upgrade and could just enjoy the trip and I did. This Thursday I have part two of this run and will break down the cost of the trip, some issues and the net result of all of this was that this trip was just about NET-FREE for me! That is a good way to take a mileage run and my grand totals for the year so far. – René
EDIT: MQD tracking is now live on Delta.com! Log-in and go look in your “MY DELTA” and you should see your number for the past few months of spending. The number DOES NOT MATTER for this year and only to show where you would be if this were 2014. There is a TON more about this and I will post later on today about it as I get more info and answer questions!
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