This is going to be an experiment. Today I will be doing some “live” blogging. When I say live I mean I will be updating THIS post all day long as TexasYankee (Dave) and my travels go along. We will see how all the little bits go. Here is why I booked this and the numbers.
We paid (with vouchers) $628 for the run and will earn 9562MQMs and both of us, as Diamonds, will earn over 21,000 Skymiles as a rebate. That nets this run out at 6.5 cents that is nothing to brag about. However, this run is more than about the costs as I owed Dave a run (I used my vouchers) and I wanted to test:
- The LAX-JFK medallion upgrade
- The JFK-SFO medallion upgrade
- Time in the new SFO Centurion Lounge
- The SFO-LAX shuttle product
This interesting route will do all of that in a rather quick fashion from Dave’s home town so it all just works. I can guest Dave in with my non-Delta Platinum AMEX cards (unlike Skyclubs, they let you bring two guests in NO extra charge).
So how are we doing so far today. Pre-Run, both as Diamonds, we have only cleared on the final two flights home tomorrow. We cannot check-in yet for our flights as we have too many segments so we will have to do so at the airport. My fellow BA blogger PM&M reported the other day that DMs can now request at the 24 hour mark to get on the transcon upgrade list. What he did NOT share was we need to ask them for this with the code “UP2X”. The medallion line can do this or the airport reps can do it as well.
So we are so good and we have some flights that are nearly oversold so we may not fly most of what we have booked. If that is the case we will just fly home, eat more BBQ and then get route credit for what we should have flown. All good and fun no matter what.
Check back later today and on Twitter as I , via GoGo, let you know how this great adventure ends up and feel free to ask questions and I will respond as we update the post!
7:PM EST Update
TexasYankee and I are on our way. No upgrade on the AUS to ATL flight. The upgrade list was deep and we ended up 2 & 3 with zero seats open, him as a Diamond Medallion Million miler and me as a DM (not that MM matters for upgrades, but they did check him in 1st). Ah well.
We at least, as I mentioned before, asked each Delta personnel member along the way for a HOOU coupon we could and they shared a bit with us. Nice since it looks like on the ATL to LAX we are again going to be stuck in coach as the upgrade list is 60+ long and we are a few outside the number of open seats there too.
The flight was really short so no big deal. The GoGo Internet was REALLY slow for most of the flight. So slow that Dave could not even get his phone to connect. Disappointing. Then on to ATL
I at long last got to meet reader Eric (Hi Eric) and also got to meet Johnny who happens to be on my fight (Hi Johnny)! Great to meet you both. Dave and I next tried to spend some time in “The Club at ATL” but one of us forgot their card – ah hem 😉 Ah well. We had a sandwich before boarding (not a big fan of the EATS menus).
Once again NO upgrade. Ended up about 4 or 5 with no seats open. Of all the upgrades missing it on a domestic 767 is not that big a deal. The 1st class seats on this jet are REALLY bad. IMO the worst ones in the Delta fleet. So bad you have no leg room at all in 1st. Look at the space I have in row 26.
So we are now on the way to LAX. Our next flight is full and we are hoping for a bump as first is full so no full flat sleep is looking likely. Next update may be tomorrow morning some time, but check back to be sure. – René
After over 100+ flights this year and watching for the “sign” when I walked off the jet, tonight, it arrives for Dave and me in LAX!
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