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Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve
well i got approved for my real first credit card!! woop woop!
now i gotta figure out how im gonna spend 4k in 90. any tips?
are there any things that dont count?
Generally its not wise to get a credit card if you dont know how to/can't meet the spending threshold. Either you're going to end up spending beyond your means to hit it, or you're not gonna meet the spend and will have wasted a pull/new account and will have paid the AF for no reason.

Its not really no reason in this case because in the first year you get 2 $300 travel reimbursements, so as long as you normally spend that much on what Chase codes as travel you still come out on top, but its still generally a good rule. IMHO. 

August 30, 2016, 05:55:29 PM
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Re: eBay: Master Thread
Understood.  But many were hoping for better, e.g. a negation of the change in terms.
Knowing ebay, I'm surprised we got this.

September 10, 2016, 11:29:27 PM
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Re: "Rare" Award Space Master Thread IINM any direct US-TLV route with saver award business space is rare.
SFO-TLV Feb 6,7,13,14 2017.

If I understand Expert Mode correctly, there are 7 (I7) available with Saver Miles. (On 2/14/17, I didn't look at expert mode on the other dates).


October 19, 2016, 12:07:28 AM
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(Not) Born on the Bayou: Big Apple Meets the Big Easy Intro - Pre-Trip
I donít remember how exactly I came up with the idea to go to New Orleans. If I recall correctly I was looking at the DDF Master Thread Of Master Threads: Links To 125+ Destination Threads! and I wanted to find somewhere different and more importantly not cold. I settled on NOLA (New Orleans -NO, Louisiana-LA) and then the research began.


I headed over to the NOLA thread and found a few small TRs but nothing big. I was planning on going Sunday-Thursday and the 2 TRs I saw were shorter than that so I headed to TripAdvisor to try and find other things to do.  I made a list and then the time came to start looking at flights and hotel options. I saw that AA doesnít fly direct from NYC to MSY so use of Avios was out of the question. I saw on UA they only fly out of EWR (a pain from Queens) and I looked at the ITA Matrix and saw that cash flights were relatively cheap. I found a DL flight in basic economy for only $177 R/T but with basic economy I wouldnít be able to upgrade to Delta Comfort or pick my seat in advance, which I planned on doing with my Ritz card. So I paid the extra $20 and booked a regular main cabin seat for $197 and use my Ritz card to upgrade to Delta Comfort.


This would be my first time sitting in Delta Comfort and let me tell you, for the extra $10 I paid, it was well worth it. The amount of legroom was huge. The entertainment system was a huge plus since I was having issues with my Kindle.


After booking and upgrading my flight it was time to look at hotels.  I looked at hotels, Hyatt, SPG, Marriott, Hilton and IHG, and nothing seemed to be really worth using points. The cash rates were either low enough or the points rates were way too high. I also figured that since I was going to be staying 4 nights I could use my Prestige and get the 4th night free. I was looking at the Citi ThankYou travel site (not realizing these werenít the same prices as the Prestige 4th night rates) and I saw the Hyatt Regency New Orleans for $411.85. Comparing that to the $204 a night pre-tax on Hyatt.com I figured it was a mistake and I should book it immediately. I called the Prestige # only to find out that the ThankYou travel rates werenít the same as the Prestige :(.  Figuring I wouldnít be able to beat a rate of $103/night I booked the ThankYou Travel room.


Once I got the confirmation I called Hyatt to add it to my HGP account so I could earn points and hopefully apply a DSU. Apparently, 3rd party bookings arenít considered ďeligible ratesĒ and therefore arenít eligible for point accrual or DSU. They wouldnít even let me add it to my HGP account so that I could receive my Diamond benefits such as best (non-suite) room upon check-in and free breakfast. I tweeted at Hyatt and they confirmed that I should have been eligible for the benefits. Not wanting to fight with them I decided to let it go for now and Iíd either live without Kosher breakfast and hopefully be able to get the best room at check-in or deal with it later.


As it got closer to the trip I kept checking the rates at both the Hyatt Regency and the Hyatt Centric French Quarter (formerly Hyatt French Quarter). I saw they had a special rate, which required a minimum two day stay (not a problem for me since Iíd be there for four nights) and a first night deposit. That second part was an issue for me. I saw the rate on Hyatt.com which means I should have been able to book it with the Prestige, but I didnít want to book it, pay for the first night and run into the 3rd party booking issues.  About a week before my trip, I saw that special rate drop to $129/night and I then remembered that I had the Hyatt Amex Offer which would save me $60 on every $200. Since with taxes the total would come out to just under $600 that meant that Iíd save $120 or about $30 less than Iíd save with the Prestige and I didnít have to worry about any 3rd party booking issues. I made the reservation, called Hyatt to apply the DSU and I was set with only a few days left until my trip. Thatís when I started to check the weather.  That made things interestingÖ.More on that later.

Don't worry, the rest of the TR is written, I just need to put the finishing touches on it. They'll be up soon.

December 13, 2016, 03:39:44 PM
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Re: (Not) Born on the Bayou: Big Apple Meets the Big Easy Thursday - December 8, 2016


This would be my final day in NOLA and I decided it would be a good day to learn some of the history of the city.  I started my day with The Historic New Orleans Collection. This is a museum that focuses on presenting artifacts from New Orleans history.  The first floor has rotating exhibits, and the one I saw was about shopping from the 1820s to the 1920s, and it focused on the different types of stores that were popular in the area in that time. The second floor houses a collection of different New Orleans artifacts such as old maps, letters, documents, and portraits. There were lots of interesting maps among other interesting artifacts.



Map of the Territory of Louisiana



Oath of Allegiance to King George II signed by John Winslow, Miles Whitworth, Ephraim Jones, & John Johnson



M1795 Type III Harpers Ferry Rifle Marked to the 1st Regiment Louisiana Militia



New Orleans Political Sign



Desire from A Streetcar Named Desire






After The Historic New Orleans Collection, I headed over to The Cabildo. This is more of a history museum, going through the history from the Natives (which they interestingly call Indians) through the French, then Spanish rule, through the Louisiana Purchase, and through the war of 1812 with a focus on the Battle of New Orleans.



Playing cards used as currency



Travel Chess Set



Upright Piano



Billiards Ball c. 1790



Napoleon's Death Mask



Report Card from 1842



Melodeon c. 1850



Sugar Lab Equipment



Money



Surgeonís Chest with Post-Mortem Kit



Printing Press c.1870


After The Cabildo I headed next door to The Presbytere. The Presbytere is a museum with 2 exhibits, one on the effects of hurricanes on the NOLA area and one on Mardi Gras. The museum is also the location where the Louisiana Purchase was signed. The hurricane exhibit had some interactive parts but some of them didnít work, so that was a little disappointing. Other than that I found both sections of the museum enjoyable and informative.



Piano from Fats Domino



Man Who Chronicled His Hurricane Katrina Experience on the walls of an abandoned building



Remnants of Highway Signs after Katrina



Garage Door of home destroyed by Katrina



Artifacts Recovered from a NOLA area Shul after Katrina



T-Shirt Mocking the Army Corp of Engineers for the failure of the Levees



Krewe du Vieux Carre



Krewe of NOR



Witch Doctor Costume from Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club



Parade Invitations



Music of Mardi Gras



Mardi Gras Signs



Mardi Gras Beads



Yeah, because that sign worked




After The Presbytere I headed over to the The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.  Just as a side note, walking from The Presbytere to the Old US Mint, I walked through a filming of NCIS New Orleans, I had to be stopped while crossing the street to make sure I didnít end up in a scene (itís too bad, that could have been my big break!). To be honest this was kind of a bust. There is a small room which focuses on the Old Mint, which had some old coins and some of the machinery used in the old mint, but not much else.  Upstairs there were a few exhibits, (which I believe rotate), one on Satchmo (aka Louis Armstrong), one on ďConservation of Musical Instruments,Ē one on ďSoul of the SouthĒ which displayed contemporary Southern art, and one on ďVisions of ExcellenceĒ which was about 2016 photojournalism.


I found the little exhibit on the old mint nice, but small, same with the exhibits on Satchmo, and conservation of musical instruments. Because Iím really not into art, I didnít bother with the other two exhibits, but they were also relatively small (based on the size of the rooms they were in).  Iíd say the best part of the Old US Mint was what I experienced at the end. Everyday at (I believe) 2p, they have live jazz sessions on the 3rd floor. I donít particularly have any interest in jazz music, but it was nice to sit down and experience some authentic NOLA jazz as the end to my trip.



Coin Press



Seals



Confederate Issued Coins



Automatic Weighing Machine (aka Scale)



Coinage Strip Cart



The Millionaire Counter



Painted Piano



Louis Armstrongís First Cornet



Louis Armstrongís Final Trumpet & Mouthpiece



Fats Dominoís Piano



Old US Mint Building


After leaving the little jazz concert, I headed (which was on my way back to the hotel) to the original Cafť Du Monde in the French Market. I had been to the stand in the Riverwalk a few times but this was my first time going to the original location.  The place was insane. For a place that only serves coffee and beignets, I would never have imagined that there would be so many people there, especially in the middle of the afternoon. The only thing I didnít like about it was that they donít take credit cards :(. I picked up some beignets for those at home (although they sadly donít really last). They must move fast because despite the place being packed, I didnít have to wait in line to place my order and I received it fairly quickly as well.



Original Cafe Du Monde


I headed back to the hotel to eat my actual lunch (this time it wasnít just coffee and beignets), pack up and check out. Twice in the 45 minutes, that it took me to eat lunch and pack up, members of the hotel cleaning staff knocked on my door to see if I was checking out. I told both of them that I was checking out at 4p, which I would have assumed that theyíd be able to see since it was confirmed when I checked in. After lunch and packing, I headed down to check out. Unfortunately, the woman checking me out was new and didnít know the system well enough to figure out how to split my payment onto two cards (since I wanted to use the Hyatt amex offer on two cards). She had to call over another agent, who did it with ease.


Shortly after check-out I boarded my airport shuttle, and after two other quick ups we were on our way to MSY.  I was able to fly through security (thanks TSA Pre-Check!), although not as fast as at JFK where there was only one person ahead of me.  After the quick trip through security, I went straight for the Delta Sky Club. Iím not someone who canít stand sitting at a gate, but since I used the airport shuttle, and they decided when to pick me up, I got to the airport (and through security) by 4:40p meaning I had 1:40 until my flight, so I got myself a seat and a beer and started to relax in the lounge. I had to say, this was by far the smallest airport lounge Iíve ever been in. There were signs that said that they would be opening a new Delta Sky Club in 2018, so maybe this one was a temp lounge while the ďrealĒ lounge is under construction, but if it wasnít then it was just plain tiny. Since there was a delayed flight to LGA the place was packed when I first got there. It took about 25 minutes, until after the LGA and other flight were called that the place emptied out.


The incoming flight was a little delayed so we didnít start boarding until around 6:10p, which meant there was no way we were getting out on-time. Thankfully we made up time in the air and landed on time. When I wrote the first part of this TR, I was still on my trip, and I hadnít experienced a non-front row of Delta Comfort. When I took my outbound flight there was a crazy amount of legroom. On the way back, I didnít feel that I had much more space than I have in regular economy. It was nice to get the priority boarding and an in-flight alcoholic beverage, but for the limited extra legroom alone, I donít think Iíd pay for Delta Comfort. Then again I didnít really pay for it so, it guess I got what I ďpaid forĒ so to speak.


That was my trip. Thanks to those on DDF who wrote NOLA TRs before me which helped me plan my trip. I hope you enjoyed the read and I hope it is helpful to anyone planning a trip to NOLA. Thanks for reading!

P.S. I will be adding a link to all the pictures I took not just the ones Iím including in the TR.

December 13, 2016, 03:58:51 PM
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May 01, 2017, 02:18:44 PM
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The Very Windy City (Three Days in Chicago) May 2017 Intro and Planning
 
It all started when I noticed I had a Hyatt anniversary night expiring and a friend nagging me to visit. After reading that sentence youíd think Iíd be using my anniversary night in the city where my friend lives, but youíd be WRONG!
 
Living in NYC (NYC doesnít have any Hyatt category 1-4 hotels), I was thinking of where I could go for a day or two that isnít too far but would also allow me to get good use of my free (really $75 since itís the only reason I keep the card) night. I had settled on Philly but for a number of reasons (which arenít relevant to this TR) that fell through. This was 5/1/17 and my Hyatt night was expiring 5/14/17. I figured since the night is book by not stay by, I can just plan something for a few weeks away. Apparently I was wrong, and the anniversary night is check-out by not book by.
 
[Side note about the Hyatt anniversary night (and possibly the sign up night). The website is very misleading, as long as you have a free night available in your account, it will show as bookable for any standard room regardless of date or category. Meaning if your anniversary night expires 5/1 and youíre look to book a hotel for 5/15 it will show as available but will fail once you try to complete the booking (and it wonít tell you why). I found this very confusing and it almost cost me my free night.  End of rant]
 
Getting back to the TR. I have a friend in St. Louis who keeps nagging me to come visit. So I thought to myself, ďI have this expiring anniversary night, why donít I go to STL for Shabbat, then fly somewhere else for a few days.Ē One great thing about STL is that itís relatively centrally located and (supposedly) no more than a 4.5 hour flight to anywhere in the contiguous United States.
 
I decided on Chicago. I figured it was a short flight from STL and while I had been there a few times, I had never actually explored the city. I knew there were plenty of things to do and plenty of quality Kosher food.   
 
Once I decided on a destination, it was a matter of trying to book flights. Obviously the cheapest option would be 7.5k Avios from LGA-STL another 7.5k Avios STL-ORD and another 7.5k Avios ORD-LGA, but with the sad state that is AA availability, finding one flight with SAAver availability is no easy task, let alone three. Since my Hyatt night was expiring 5/14 it had to be this weekend, so I had to take a shot.
 
Before I looked for award availability, I figured it wouldnít hurt to see how much cash tickets would cost. Not surprisingly flights from NYC to STL and STL to ORD were pretty expensive (~$230 NYC-STL, and ~$365 STL-ORD). Surprisingly, (maybe not so surprisingly considering the number of flights AA has) AA flights ORD-LGA were pretty cheap ~$110, and since I have the Citi Prestige I can redeem TYP for 1.6 CPP for flights on AA. Especially since there was no SAAver availability, I figured my 1.6 CPP on AA with my TYP was a good deal.
 
After seeing that revenue flights were not a reasonable option (as I had predicted) I started searching for award tickets. My first choice would have obviously been 7.5k Avios on AA but going out of NYC those flights are hard to find, and there was nothing available Thursday night or Friday morning. (After I had booked I later saw a 1:25p flight out of LGA opened up, but flying out of LGA on a Friday afternoon is not a gamble Iíd like to take.) Deltaís flexible award chart generally means that last minute tickets are gonna be expensive and this was no exception. If I recall correctly, the cheapest flights LGA-STL were 32.5k, no thanks. My last option was United. I had thought about transferring SPG or MR to Aeroplan and booking a multi-city award ticket (which if I understand the system correctly would have given me two flights for the price of one) but since United flies to STL out of EWR and I wanted to fly into LGA, the system wouldnít let me create that award ticket since they require you to depart and arrive from the same airport. Anyway, I found UA had a flight out of EWR Thursday night which worked out pretty well for 12.5k, the only issue was that since I was booking within 21 days (within 3 days actually), Iíd have to pay a $75 close-in. But then I remembered there were ways to ďtake care of that,Ē (ways which as I write this TR are no longer available, at least not online) so that flight would work perfectly.
 
Now that I had my NYC-STL and ORD-NYC flights booked it was time to find the STL-ORD leg. AA has a bunch of flights and I was lucky enough that there was SAAver availability, sadly it was only on the 5a, 6:10a, and 7:19a flights. 7:19a it was. I kept checking (until sat night to see if a later flight would open up, but nothing did).
 
To recap my flights:
EWR-STL 12.5k UA + $5.60, Cash cost: $364.20, Value: 2.87 CPP
STL-ORD 7.5k BA + $5.60, Cash cost: $229.20 Value: 2.98 CPP
ORD-LGA 6,324 + $5.01, Cash cost: $106.20 Value: 1.6 CPP
 
Now onto the accommodations. In STL I spend Shabbat by my friend so there was no need for a hotel, he was even willing to drive me to the airport (about 10 mins from his house) so I didnít have to get a hotel for the early morning flight. Since this trip was planned basically so I could use my Hyatt anniversary night, I looked to see what Cat 4 Hyatts there were in Chicago, I found 2 Hyatt Places and the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Iíve had good experiences with Hyatt Regency in the past and while I donít think Hyatt Places are bad hotels, I donít see them as ďfancyĒ hotels, I figured Iíd use the free night for Sunday and points (15k) for Monday night. Much to my disappointment, there was a major conference going on and there were no standard rooms available Monday night and I didnít really feel like paying $200+ for a second night in the hotel, so I set off to find a place to stay Monday night. I knew my IHG anniversary night was expiring soon too, so I went to see what IHG hotels there were in the area. I saw that thereís an Intercontinental, but that wasnít available Monday night, but there was a Crowne Plaza. It was available and I booked it, a decision I would not regret.
 
Once my flights and accommodations were set, it was time to figure out what I was gonna do while I was in Chicago. As much as Iíd like to be sometimes, Iím not the kind of person who can just veg out at the pool or beach (especially Chicago isnít really the place for that), so I needed to find things to see and do. My parents went to Chicago last year and they found this pass called the GoChicagoCard (GoCard). Itís similar to CityPass but it includes many more things and itís available in 1, 2, 3, or 5 day passes. Looking at it, it covered most of the things I was interested in doing and I picked it up. The 3 day pass was $165.
 
The next complicated aspect of planning was deciding if I should rent a car or not. When I first looked, most car rentals were in the $150-$200 range. Add the $67+tax at the Hyatt and $49+tax at the Crowne Plaza for parking, and i was looking at ~$300-$350 for the car, hotel parking and gas, and that doesnít even include what it would cost me to park at whatever attractions I went to. The decision leaned heavily in Uberís favor. The night before I left, I found a car for about $110 which still would have made it $200-$250 for the whole auto expense and I figured Iíd still beat that with Uber.
 
With that decision made, it was time to finally actually go. I guess the one good thing about planning a vacation so quickly is that you donít have that anxious time leading up to the vacation, because 54 hours after booking my first flight, I was in the air.

May 29, 2017, 10:35:28 PM
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Re: The Very Windy City (Three Days in Chicago) May 2017
Wow, Nice TR.

BTW LGA Hyatt is a cat 4
Its actually cat 3, but either way, staying at a Hyatt Place 17 minutes from my house is not what I'd call good value out of the Hyatt night.

May 30, 2017, 10:13:10 AM
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Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
i know of the thread but cant find it
@Dan  can you please update
Try posting here

June 19, 2017, 02:24:12 PM
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Re: Going Back to Cali: dpk4588ís Return to The Golden State SD-LA-SF Tuesday - August 15, 2017
For my final day in SF I figured Iíd start by walking around the Fishermanís Wharf area. I noticed that while everyone says to visit Fishermanís Wharf, all it really has is shops and restaurants. So while I walked around, I didnít find much to do. I headed over to Ghirardelli Square. I was told that when you walk into the Ghirardelli stores they offer you free chocolate, but sadly that wasnít the case, at least not for the three stores I went into. One of the stores has a factory which was interesting to see how the chocolate is made.


Boudin Sourdough Factory ‐ Fisherman's Wharf


Ghirardelli Square


Ghirardelli Square ‐ Chocolate Factory

I went from Ghirardelli Square to the Powell-Hyde Cable Car Turntable to get on the on the Powell-Hyde cable car. It was cool to see the cable car turnaround, but it was annoying that I had to wait almost half an hour to actually get on a cable car. When I finally got on a cable car I picked a spot that had me hanging on to the cable car, which is encouraged, which is the opposite of whatís done on the trains in NY. In NY they say you shouldnít be hanging onto the outside of the trains.


Powell & Hyde Cable Car

I took the cable car to Lombard street to see the ďcrooked street.Ē I found it difficult to get a good picture of the crookedness of the street because of the bushes and flowers around the road, but it was cool to see. I walked down and got to see the cars crawling down Lombard street. Iím sure as a driver, if I lived around there and had to drive there regularly Iíd go insane.


Lombard St Traffic Sign


Lombard St


Lombard St

From the bottom of Lombard street, I took an Uber to the Exploratorium.  As with every science museum Iíve been to in the last few years (probably longer) the place was overrun by crazy little kids. The museum has 6 sections, Human Phenomena, Tinkering, Seeing & Listening, Living Systems, Outdoor Exhibits, & Observing Landscapes. Aside from the kids, I found the museum interesting, they had an exhibit made entirely of cardboard, from which they made cities which was cool. There were other exhibits which were part of the seeing and listening section, displayed audio and visual trickery, which were cool. Iíd say the human phenomena and seeing and listening were the more interesting parts of the museum to me. I spent about 2 hours there and then it was off to the next.


Exploratorium ‐ Carboard Village


Exploratorium ‐ Carboard Village


Exploratorium ‐ Toothpick Art

Following the Exploratorium, I took an Uber to Alameda to the USS Hornet Museum. This would be my final ship and my final stop in SF. I got to the Hornet which took about 45 minutes, and when I got there I realized this was not gonna be the same as the USS Midway. The place was empty, There were maybe 4 other people on the ship at the same time as me. There were supposed to be docent led tours but the docent was nowhere to be found. I was given a map, and told that other than the docent led tours the ship was self guided. I was not told that there was an audio tour which would have probably enhanced the experience, oh well.  I worked my way down from the flight deck. I went up to the flight deck and there were very few planes up there, and they didnít really have any information about them. This is where I felt the audio tour would have been helpful. I moved down to the hangar deck, which had many more planes/helicopters than the flight deck, and it had some NASA stuff too since the Hornet was used to recover the crews from Apollo 11 & 12.

The lower deck was where the sailors spent most of their time. I enjoyed seeing how/where the crew spent their time. It was interesting that they had a special focus on the Marines who lived on board and basically acted as the police for the ship. There was also an exhibit on the Doolittle Raid, which was the US response to the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The USS Hornet was the carrier where the planes were launched from.

Overall I thought the USS Hornet was ok but it did have aspects where it came up short, especially compared to the USS Midway. It would have been better if they had told me about the audio tour or there was actually a docent led tour available. I donít think itís something that needs to be seen, but I donít think itís something that should be completely disregarded. If youíre into ships like that and you have the time (I spent 2:15 there) to head out to Alameda (itís about 45 minutes each way), it could be worth it.


USS Hornet ‐ HUP‐1 Retriever


USS Hornet ‐ NASA Mobile Quarantine Facility ‐ Apollo 14


USS Hornet ‐ TA‐4J Skyhawk


USS Hornet ‐ Executive Officer's Quarters


USS Hornet ‐ Marine Lounge


USS Hornet ‐ Sick Bay Floor


USS Hornet ‐ Torpedo Shop


USS Hornet ‐ CPO (Chief Petty Officers) Pantry & Mess


USS Hornet ‐ Chapel


USS Hornet ‐ Sick Bay

One downside of the USS Hornet is how remote it is. I had to wait about 15 minutes for my Uber to arrive and then it took about another 45 minutes to get to downtown SF. I headed to Sabra Grill one more time to pick up dinner. I went with the schnitzel again and it was fine. I ate it at the AA lounge at SFO. After picking up dinner I went back to the Sheraton, to pick up my stuff and head to the airport. I knew it was early but I had nothing better to do so I figured Iíd go to the airport and hang out in the lounge. I took an UberPOOL (since I was in no rush and it was again substantially cheaper), and it ended up being the same driver that took me from the USS Hornet to Sabra Grill. As many times as Iíve taken Uber, this had never happened to me before. The annoying thing was that there were two other fares (3 passengers) in the car already, thankfully it was a minivan so there was room, but I do think Uber should limit POOL rides should be limited to 2 fares at a time.

It took a while to make it to SFO (almost an hour) but again since I was in no rush I didnít really mind. I checked my bag, made it through security, and made my way to the AA lounge. Normally Iíd have access to an AA lounge when flying AA using my Citi Prestige, but that benefit when away as of July 23rd, but since I was flying business on a transcon flight I was given access. The lounge was pretty big, I at first sat at a seat with a table so I could eat my dinner, then moved to a more comfortable chair which had an outlet so I could plug in my laptop. I spent about two hours in the lounge and then headed to the gate for boarding. I was then called to the gate and told that my footrest was broken, and since business class was sold out they couldnít move me. I asked if I could be moved to first class (which I was pretty sure had seats since I was offered an upgrade at check-in) but was told no. I was worried because I wasnít sure how a broken footrest would affect the lie-flat ability of my seat, but then even before I sat back down I was called back to the gate and told that I could be moved to 10F, the window seat in the last row of business, so I took it.

I boarded there were some crappy looking headphones, and an amenity kit which had the basics. My seat-mate arrived shortly after me, and we both settled in. I was offered a pre-departure drink of water or juice, I took juice. There is no meal on this flight since apparently AA doesnít offer meals on flights after 10pm, what bull. We pulled back from the gate on time but sat on the runway for about 30 minutes before we took off (I actually fell asleep and woke up before we took off). Shortly after take-off I put my seat in bed mode and was asleep a few minutes later. I woke up with about 25 minutes left until we arrived in NY. As far as the comfort of the flight, it was ok. It wasnít tight or anything like that, the only issue I had (which was something I knew going in) was the lack of direct aisle access. It turned out not to be an issue because I didnít get up the entire flight, but still in general Iíd rather have the direct aisle access.

We landed a few minutes late, which wasnít a big deal, and then had to walk what felt like forever to baggage claim and then had to wait 20 minutes for my bag. Maybe I was spoiled by having my bag there when I got to baggage claim at LAX but having to wait 30 minutes at SFO and 20 minutes at JFK was disappointing.

That was my trip. While it had its ups and downs (and I donít just mean the hills of San Francisco), but overall I think it turned out ok and I enjoyed myself.  I hope you enjoyed reading my TR and find it useful when planning any trips to these areas that you might take. Thanks for reading.

August 22, 2017, 01:21:10 PM
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