Posts Tagged ‘American Airlines’

Managua, Nicaragua – Miami, FL | AA 344 | 15A

February 1, 2014

This was my first time departing out of Managua’s airport.   The airport is very small, so it was easy to navigate.  Regardless of how small the airport is the check-in line is usually miles long.   Surprisingly, there was hardly anyone checking in.   After boarding the flight, I see that the only cabin that was full was first class.  The coach cabin was about 65% full.   This might explain the shorter line, but I still used the first class check in line.  I didn’t fly more 2 million miles to not take advantage of the permanent Platinum for Life status.  According to my office, I was also arriving a little too early.  I only waited 45 minutes at the gate to board, so I don’t feel like I was that early to the airport.

So, the upgrade didn’t happen, but 15A (exit row) was pretty decent.  I was number seven on the list for potential upgrade at the gate.   I knew that wouldn’t be happening, so I ate before departing, since I knew that there would be no food on the flight.  Given this is the last American flight out of Managua on Friday, I don’t think that upgrades will be too common.  And being Platinum level is not going to get me to the top of the list.  I did make my reservations for the next two weeks.  What some people don’t realize is that when you make your reservation and request the upgrade does impact your odds of getting upgraded.   While each status level has its respective priority above other status levels, the priority within a status level is determined by when you make your upgrade request.   To make an upgrade request, you must purchase your ticket and request the upgrade.  I’ll continue my rolling flight purchases as the weeks progress.

If this routine to Managua were to be permanent, I would put myself to the challenge of getting the Exec Plat status as fast as possible.  For the moment, I don’t see that being the case, so I’ll enjoy the exit row and the occasional upgrade.  My expectation is that I will get upgrade on Sunday nights when I am flying to Managua more often than when I fly home.

After boarding, I hung my suit coat on the back of the seat in front of me.  Surprisingly, the cabin attendant saw it and offered to take my suit coat and hang it in business class.   Huge kudos to her!  I’m looking for one of those little thank you sheets for her.  Ah, they are called ‘Applause – For outstanding service’.  Not only is she deserving, I have been carrying them around forever in my computer bag.  Time to recognize some outstanding service in coach on flight 344.

The flight was uneventful, and we landed about 15 minutes early.    More posts to come as I fly back to Managua in less than 48 hours.   Until Sunday, Randy Moreau

Miami, FL – Managua, Nicaragua | AA 1429 | 4A

January 28, 2014

Our flight departed on time.  The short short flight of 2 hours and 15 minutes to Managua was uneventful.  It looks as if this route is going to be a regular flight pattern for me.  The first class cabin crew provided great service.  The lead attendant didn’t know how to smile, but that didn’t stop her for doing the rest of her job very well.   Towels were hot, food was hot, and drinks were attended to quickly.  We arrived on time.   Bags were available quickly and passing through immigration and customs was a breeze.   Welcome to Nicaragua!

 

Randy Moreau

Washington, D.C. (Reagan) – Miami, FL | AA 1451 | 4E

January 26, 2014

Excellent flight this morning from Washington, D.C.   I actually needed to change my flight due to a project assignment that required me to be in Miami earlier on Sunday.   American now allows you to change your flight within 24 hours of your preferred new flight time.  If there is inventory available, you only pay $75 to change your flight.   This avoids the stress of flying standby, which is even more stressful if you need to check bags.  Another perk of this service is that you can request an upgrade once you are confirm on your new flight.   This is very difficult to do when flying standby.   Nothing to exciting to report on the flight.   The cabin crew were professional and polite.  The flight arrived 20 minutes early, and my luggage was available within five minutes of my arriving to the carrousel.   Wonderful experience, especially since Miami was WARM upon arrival!

Miami, FL – Washington, D.C. | AA 1287 | 4A

January 25, 2014

Our flight was delayed 25 minutes due to the inbound flight being late.  We boarded quickly.  Life time platinum status delivered on an upgrade for 4A.   The upgrade came late, so couldn’t select a meal on-line.   The first class cabin attendant was polite, but not on top of his job.  The usual mistakes of cold hand towels and cold nuts.  Amazing how many cabin attendants can’t get this right.   Yes – arriving safely is much more important, but is it that hard to warm things up properly?  The green salad with chicken was tasty.   Actually, the salad part was very good.  The chicken was pale looking, so didn’t even consider eating some.   We made up time, so we only arrived about 15 minutes late.

Miami, FL – Miami, FL | Miscellaneous

January 20, 2014

This year will be a new year of increased travel, so seems logical to reinvigorate the HOJF blog entries.  Just made reservations to Washington, D.C. to see my buddy Jason.   If you haven’t been to AA.com recently, there are numerous changes on the site.   My favorite one is being able to choose your meal option before departure.  Well, the option exists for business class passengers for domestic flights with meal service.  I would presume that international flights might give the option to all classes of service.   The US Airways integration has began with US Airway flights appearing in the flight options list.   If you are an Admirals Club member, you can use the US Airway’s clubs.  Happy Travels! 

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…

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 😉

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.