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Miami, FL – Toronto, Canada | AA 1552 | 3A

December 17, 2010

So I was able to get the second to last seat in business class (late upgrade) and I got stuck with the bulkhead – the seat sucks and there is no space for your legs and your bag has to go up.  Avoid at all costs if possible – dare I say a emergency seat is better.  BUT there was lunch served…I’ll take it.

Had no issues checking in, on the plane, or getting my bag – all smooth considering I was going up North to the cold.  And IT WAS COLD – have not been exposed to these harsh conditions in a very long time.  Now I know why I like it so much in Miami.

Unlike Randy, it seem like I will only be a Platinum AA customer next week – a real shame…the complimentary upgrades are KEY.  So Randy, here is to you and your status…

Miami, FL – Washington, DC | AA 1268 | 14B

November 25, 2010

I was expecting a lot more craziness at the airport – Thanks Giving weekend + TSA pat downs.  None of that, everything was smooth sailing.  Security was a breeze and the flight left and arrived on time.  It is quiet amazing the amount of coverage the TSA is getting, and honestly a bit absurd.  Go through scanner, if you reject, than expect a pat down.  In any case, I do not think either will stop a terrorist act.  Airports need to look more at how Israel and EL AL do it.

Miami, FL – Caracas, Venezuela | AA 935 |18F

September 22, 2010

This plane was completely packed – and this post will not so much be about the flight, but the journey that ensued once I landed in Caracas:

  • Immigration: The lines were ridiculously long – wait time must have been about 1 hr
  • Parking lot: Leaving the parking lot alone took us 35mins
  • Car: In car over 2.5 hours for a route that usually takes 40mins with no traffic

It seems like the whole process to leave the airport and getting to the hotel took more than the flight itself.  What a mission!

Although it should not come to a surprise – Caracas is know for the traffic, it is a test of patience…

Dallas, TX – Miami, FL | AA 1740 | 4G

September 17, 2010

Spent the morning at the Admirals Club in Dallas and had some breakfast…layover was very short which was absolutely fine by me.  Once again, I was not able to check the three pieces to the main cabin – seems there is some consistency now…

Flight to Miami was smooth and I was able to get some more sleep – arrived on time in Miami.  Door to door the trip from the Buenos Aires hotel to my house was about 20 hours…

Buenos Aires, ARG – Dallas, TX | AA 996 | 10G

September 17, 2010

Usually I am not picky about my flying – delays, etc.  But I was just annoyed by the fact that at the Buenos Aires airport, the AA attendant counted my suit as a carry on, so I had three in total.  Odd thing is, from Miami to Dallas to Buenos Aires it was not an issue.  So, I had to check-in one of my bags.  Consistency is all I ask for.

Apparently in Buenos Aires, the truck drivers were on strike thus food had to be brought from incoming flights – not an issue though.  Then, our entertainment system was not working and had to be restarted…just seemed that it was not the right day to fly – at least I made it to Dallas.

Flight was on time.

Dallas, TX – Buenos Aires, AR | AA997 | 10G

September 15, 2010

I must say, this was a very smooth flight, usually I do not sleep that well on planes, but this time I completely conked out.  After watching two movies, I pretty much slept the rest of the flight…really nothing exciting to share.  Impressed by the service by American on the flight.  There always is that one snorer though, usually a man, that is so DAMN loud…

Did enjoy the taxi ride to the hotel – spoke to the diver about futbol – what else! Said that Germany was not that good…eh hem…I let it slide 😉

Miami, FL – Dallas, TX | AA 2207 | 18F

September 15, 2010

It has been a long time since my last post – I have since changed jobs and am now working with Research in Motion (Blackberry) for the LATAM region. Travel has not really slowed down, I have been to Chile and Mexico in the last four weeks and I am on my way to Buenos Aires now. Flying through Dallas on this trip – direct flights were booked.

While most airports are plagued in the winter with delays, Miami has to deal with summer showers and lightening. My flight was delayed as the crew for our plane was diverted to West Palm Beach, FL. Luckily there was an alternative crew in Miami which made the wait fairly short. However, before closing the doors, there seems to be an issue with one of the overhead bins…would not close, so maintenance had to come on board and fix it. Total delay time about 1 hour – could be worse.

I decided to watch “The Crazies” on the plane – brought my own DVD (rental from Netflix) – had to keep the volume low on the earphones to avoid any unnecessary jumping. At least time went by fast…now I am in the admirals club – must say it is one of the nicer ones that I have stayed at.

Pretty tired and hungry, believe it or not, I am looking forward to the plane food and some sleep. Which reminds me, I have a friend that actually LIKES airplane food – you know who you are and we are waiting for some interesting posts from you…

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…