Archive for July, 2010

Miami, FL – NYC, NY | AA1256 | 9E

July 19, 2010

Unable to get an upgrade – was a good run to what is coming my way.  As of March I lose my Executive Platinum status…and I am dreading it…what a treat it was.

Monday morning flight to NYC was PACKED – the Miami airport in general was unbearable.  I was actually able to catch a little sleep on the flight.

No food – just ginger ale…not nice.

Flight was slightly delayed – no big deal… 


NYC, NY – Miami, FL | AA2093 | 6E

July 19, 2010

The line through security was upheld by a man that was so meticulous about folding his sweater, jacket, taking of his shoes, etc. that the line behind him became longer and longer.

Looking forward to coming back to the Miami weather – even if it is cold there…not cold compared to the North.

Flight was smooth…what was very nice is that the flight attendent went to everyone, shook their hand and thank them for flying with AA.

Miami, FL – San Jose, Costa Rica | AA 2141 | 4F

July 19, 2010

Costa Rica seems to be a top destination for me, I was just there a few weeks ago – I wish I could say it is for vacation, but all visit to the country have been for work.

The flight was delayed as the crew had not arrived – assume they were delayed on another flight and so the domino effect starts.  The food was very good and the rest of the flight was very smooth.  My stay in Costa Rica will be short once again, as I will only be staying for two nights.

On way back I have an extremely early flight back – always fun to get up at 4AM…

San Jose, Costa Rica – Miami, FL | AA 1240 | 4F

July 19, 2010

4AM is always a brutal time to get up – unless of course you are going to some great vacation destination…I am going home…but I do have something to look forward to very much – my wife and dog.

Time in San Jose was very short – only saw the airport, office, and hotel.  We stayed at the Marriott on a coffee plantation, absolutely beautiful.

So far the flight seems to be on time – more to come as the trip continues.  The plane I am on has GOGO internet service – unfortunately I have to be 100 miles or closer to the US…by the time we are that close, we will be descending to land…no luck.

Miami, FL – San Jose, Costa Rica | AA 1051 | 5F

July 6, 2010

Flight to Costa Rica was a breeze – was expecting more traffic at the airport being 4th of July weekend an all, not the case.  I guess it will be a zoo today.  I was able to upgrade on this flight and on the way back as well.

Loud kid on board crying and wanting to get off plane – good luck with that.  Overall the flight was smooth except for some patches of turbulence – really do not enjoy those and always gets my heart beat pumping.

You may have noticed, but Randy will be posting on this blog now as well…he is probably more in a plane than office.  Randy will also be moving to Europe soon to start a new job – I fear his flying status will drop significantly…

Miami, FL – Liberia, Costa Rica | AA 2127 | 14A

July 2, 2010

Nothing too note worthy about this flight except the destination and airport.   American has one round-trip daily to Liberia, Costa Rica located in the Guancaste region (Northern Pacific coast).   This is one of those turn around flights where the crew doesn’t even get off the plane. They unload the aircraft, do a quick touch-up (aka as cleaning) and then load the return flight passengers.   According to our tour guide who is from Liberia, the flights began about five years ago when the Four Seasons built a huge property on the Golfo de Papagayo.   Now Delta, Continental, Air Canada and American service the airport with the same “down and up” turn arounds.   It has been sometime since I’ve arrived as such a rustic airport, but I always love the charm as you feel that you are traveling to someplace exotic and tropical.    They say that the airport and flights have completely transformed the tourism industry and the socio-economic standards of the region.   They now receive over 350,000 passengers annually at the LIR airport.

Since flights were costing over $575 for a flight that is less than three hours, I chose to use miles for the flight.   This is a hard decision for an Executive Platinum junkie to make.   First, you don’t accumulate miles to re-qualify for next year’s status.  Second, you have minimal chance of an upgrade which comes free if you are on a purchased ticket, and finally you part with miles that could be used on upgrades for much longer flights.   But life in 14A wasn’t all that bad for the short time that I was there.  The crew was less than friendly, and they made the exit row passengers put ALL bags in the overhead bins.   We could put nothing under the seats in front of us.    This must be an over the water rule or something, as it doesn’t happen to me on domestic flights.    I had this happen once on a flight form Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina while traveling on LAN.

The flight was on-time with no meal, but the destination was excellent.  Pura Vida from guest blogger, Randy.

Calgary, Alberta – Dallas, TX | AA 694| 4A

July 2, 2010

Now this post is just slightly late as I flew on June 14th, but I promised our man Felix a guest post.   The post was suppose to be from 31,000 feet as the aircraft was equipped with G0-Go In-flight Internet service.    This was the third time that I had used internet in flight.   In September 2009 from Palm Springs to Dallas, and in May of this year from Dallas to Minneapolis, I was traveling on 737 aircraft that had been refurbished completely.   Part of the refurbishment is the inclusion of In-flight internet service.   The service is rather impressive as you can do just about anything that you would do through a a regular internet connection.   I did a bank transfer, connected to our work VPN to approve an expense report, chatted endlessly on MSN messenger, and to show off, printed to an office printer.    If you have the chance on a future flight, do purchase the service.   Your will forget that you are traveling and even be irked that you are landing as you will be in the middle of something and have to disconnect.    An interesting thing about the service from Calgary is that the service doesn’t begin until the aircraft is 100 miles into the US airspace.  The cost wasn’t more than $12 US dollars and worth every penny of it.

Oh, as for the flight…smooth, on-time, service was friendly.    SInce I was upgraded, I had a lunch and a few glasses of wine.   All and all, an excellent flight!   From your guest blogger, Randy Moreau