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Welcome to day two of our run that I covered here and the final bits here. If you missed part one of TexasYankee’s version of this little trip from this morning, please O’ please go back and see what you missed. Also, I have to share a little story that was not shared in my post or in the text below. You see, during the redeye to JFK, I was asleep in the window. TexasYankee had a drink and Luvo “stuff” and then put on his C-Pap machine. At some point in the night, I wake up, he turns to me, waving his hands in the air with mask and stuff hanging off his face, looking like the creature from the black lagoon – I almost had an accident it was so funny. I am still to this day trying to sear that image from my mind. Oh my. So…

Let me start with a warning that you are entering into “TexasYankee-Zone” for the rest of the day. Those of you who have had the the distinct privilege to meet this man, enjoy his voice in your head as you read this. The rest of you, think Rodney Dangerfield version 2.0. You can see my version of Day 1 of our run here but just maybe his viewpoint is better. I can promise you, I came out the winner for having had the chance to spend a few days, and 10,000 miles in the air, with Mr. TexasYankee! See what you think. So initially the idea of this multi-segment MR seemed awesome as I have been trying to schedule as many flights as possible to take advantage of the bonus miles before the Delta destruction Dec 31. I should have thought better when I scheduled 3 AUS transcon MRs…

For some strange reason, on the mileage run side of the blog, I keep finding good deals to fly to Dallas (oh yeah, it could be because of the Centurion DFW). But the other fun reason is a chance to visit HardEightBBQ in Coppell, Texas just outside the DFW airport. I really like their brisket but shipping a “block” home is a bit on the expensive side. So that begs the question, can you simply bring one home with you? Yep, but it takes some effort and planning. I would, as soon as you place your meal order, ask them to get an uncut brisket and start to ice it down and wrap it up for you for transport. The next thing you need is a insulated bag and preferably one that is as water proof as possible. Oh and the bag has to be large enough to hold a…

My Delta Million Miler flight – The planning & start of the run to Japan My Delta Million Miler flight – TSA at Chicago O’Hare ORD Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 777 Delta One Business class review to Japan NRT Narita Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Gogo International Satellite Speed Review My Delta Million Miler flight – 2016 Delta One TUMI Amenity Kit Black and Gray Review My Delta Million Miler flight – Narita NRT Airport outside observation Deck My Delta Million Miler flight – IASS Priority Pass Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Korean Air Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 21 My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 15 My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 747…

My Delta Million Miler flight – The planning & start of the run to Japan My Delta Million Miler flight – TSA at Chicago O’Hare ORD Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 777 Delta One Business class review to Japan NRT Narita Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Gogo International Satellite Speed Review My Delta Million Miler flight – 2016 Delta One TUMI Amenity Kit Black and Gray Review My Delta Million Miler flight – Narita NRT Airport outside observation Deck My Delta Million Miler flight – IASS Priority Pass Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Korean Air Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 21 My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 15 My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 747…

Delta is once again bragging up the fact that they have 60 days where every flight flew (mainline). It is an impressive statistic that you can trust, if you book a ticket on Delta, that you will fly from A-B. But this really is not the entire story. Mixed in with this 60 days of no cancellations are a bunch of nightmare flights like one talked about on FlyerTalk where folks were delayed by 7 hours and included 4+ hours on the tarmac and bathrooms becoming disgusting (and the flight then flying internationally after this arriving 10 hours late). Let me share my personal example of a flight I had booked last week that was delayed by over 4 hours and landed closer to 5 hours later than scheduled. You see myself, and a few others who were wanting to collect some MQMs to maintain our elite status with Delta,…

I am in the middle of a super fun / BBQ run. I am flying down to enjoy some amazing Texas BBQ with TexasYankee and my pal Graydon but my positioning flight down was oversold by a bunch. You may or may not know that MSP or Minneapolis has been testing giving out gift cards vs just “Delta Dollars” or a voucher with a TON of restrictions including that they can only be used 1 at a time and by the person who took the bump. Enter the chance to get something worth WAY more than a Delta voucher, that is, something next to cash or an AMEX gift card. The Delta rep took my e-mail and almost instantly I got the notification you see above. I was asked to input the code from the e-mail I had just received and then the next screen had many options. Now as…

An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: Planning, positioning, hotels and costs An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: The IHG Crowne Plaza LAX An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: Amazing views flying to Alaska ANC An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: The Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: The ANC Alaska Board Room An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: The IHG InterContinental Los Angeles An Alaska Delta Elite Mileage Run: Final thoughts & was it worth taking? I have a bunch of trips booked with Delta over the next few months, but only one last mileage run this year (not booking any more for now). I do have one booked in February 2016 but it is a combo vacation fun run so even if Delta does something really utterly stupid like puts an end to rollover MQMs I am good to go. Please know I have no…

What is not to love about Texas (Dallas, Texas, that is). I mean, when you find a really good Delta Mileage run starting out of DFW, and can position down on FlexPerks points for free (just had to drive up to AZO to get a sub-$400 ticket), why not go? What could go wrong? I mean my upgrade cleared and I had 1A (one of my favorite seats) on an E175. Lunch was a pastrami on rye with nice fresh fruit and a triple chocolate cookie (num). Plus I had reasonably fast GoGo wifi and had some time for a visit to the Centurion lounge in DFW before my run. And this just kept getting better. TexasYankee, the legend himself, would be flying up to join me for this little adventure that ended up in the Centurion lounge Las Vegas before the run home. When you can visit two Centurion…

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