Monthly Archives: September 2011

Montreal to Denver

I arrived at the airport with enough time to visit the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the US-side of Montreal Airport. In addition to seating, the lounge had a small snack area and self-serve bar. Our charter aircraft was … Continue reading

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Nearly Useless Rankings

A ranking of North American airlines’ award availability was produced and is discussed at the Frequent Flier blog. There are a few issues with assessing award availability.  The inclusion of Southwest and Jetblue, airlines whose frequent flier programs fix award … Continue reading

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Chicago to Montreal

For the trip from Chicago to Montreal to Denver, StarMegaDo3 was on a chartered Continental 737.  Continental assigned us its 737 in its retrolivery: My legroom on this flight gave me a reminder to be thankful for my exit rows, … Continue reading

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Kahului to Chicago

I didn’t return straight to New York from Kahului.  Instead, I ventured to Chicago via San Francisco and Las Vegas to pick up the start of StarMegaDo3.  My upgrades to First Class cleared for OGG-SFO-LAS-ORD, making the redeye from Kahului … Continue reading

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The Party is Over

I applied for and was approved for an Amex PRG card in August.  After getting my card, I activated it and then called in to apply code 6661.  On that day, the agent informed me that I was eligible, the … Continue reading

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The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

From my six Starwood stays during the earlier promotion, I had two free resort nights that I used for my stay at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, a Category 6 Starwood hotel that normally retails for a minimum of … Continue reading

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Civil Liberties Have Had Better Days

“The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower The USA Today reports “at least five…flights were disrupted Sunday because of security concerns.”  … Continue reading

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Honolulu to Kahului

For my hop from Honolulu to Kahului, I was an a United-marketed codeshare operated by Hawaiian Airlines.  HNL is an open airport:   Hawaiian uses Boeing 717’s for its inter-island flights.  They feature a first class as well, but for … Continue reading

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To reach Honolulu, I flew on United 421 from Newark to Honolulu with a stop in San Francisco to change planes from an A320 to a Boeing 777.  Since United’s domestic non-p.s. first class is rather uniform, I’ll omit the … Continue reading

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I attended StarMegaDo3 last week.  To position myself for the start of its North American portion in Chicago, I trekked from from New York via Honolulu and Kahului.  Plotted with gcmap, my routing looks like:  

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