Takeoff To Travel

Hi everyone! The travel bug hit me at the age of eight on my first flight and ever since then I’ve loved planning vacations for my friends and family. I’m a recent college graduate who has a goal to try out new hotel chains and sample the many airline cabins out there. Having been both a city boy and living in the suburbs, I love traveling to all destinations both big and small.

Review: Delta A319 Main Cabin Los Angeles to Dallas

Background: I booked Delta from Los Angeles to Dallas because the Skymiles dynamic pricing actually gave a decent redemption for me. 11,000 Skymiles +11.20 in tax for a $260 roundtrip flight in the Main Cabin (not Basic Economy)? Not bad at all! FLIGHT DETAILS: Delta Air Lines Flights 2658 and 2066 Los Angeles (LAX) to Dallas (DFW) and Dallas (DFW) to Los Angeles (LAX) Seat: 16A- Window- Main Cabin Aircraft: Airbus A319 Where’s Your Silver Medallion Upgrade? Hahaha you’re funny. How bout 12th on the waitlist on my Wednesday night flight, and 9th on my Saturday afternoon flight. And,...

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Review: Alaska Airlines First Class E175 Santa Ana to San Jose

Background: I booked a flight from Santa Ana to San Jose to visit some friends in the Bay Area. Alaska had the cheapest flight and I really enjoy flying on the E175 so it was essentially a no brainer! Then, the most interesting thing happened: I was doing online check-in, ready to just get my boarding pass then BAM. “Upgrades Available. First Class Starting at $31.18” Shook. What do I do? 31 bucks is pretty cheap to upgrade from the Main Cabin to First! I know what you’re thinking, that flight is only like an hour! Believe me, there...

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Review: 7 Hours on the Horrible American A321 With No IFE/Power

Background: I booked a Basic Economy fare for my European Adventure, as $326 was just too good to pass up! We flew British Airways on the A380 from Los Angeles to London nonstop which was a great flight. Coming home, we ended up AA metal with a A330 from Barcelona to Philadelphia. The A330 flight was nice, but this flight on the American A321 was the complete opposite! Check In: As I wrote in my last review on flying the American A330 from Barcelona to Philadelphia, it started off okay, as I checked in 24 hours before for my...

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I Saw Penn and Teller In Vegas for Free!

Background: With Caesars Diamond Status, Diamond and Seven Stars members are entitled to two free show tickets once a month in Las Vegas. I achieved Caesars Diamond Status from: Hilton Diamond to Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Rewards Diamond! Free Show Benefit: There are plenty of shows to choose from, and at the rewards desk they have a nice handy list for you to see all the options. Wow was Sold Out! That’s okay, we took free show tickets to Penn and Teller: First, we tried getting tickets for Wow. This is the water show/Cirque Du Soleil knockoff. Unfortunately, it was sold...

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Review: Comp Room at the Rio Las Vegas

Background: I was planning a trip to visit Lake Powell/Antelope Canyon and Vegas was a good place to stop on the way from LA. Because I have Caesars Diamond Status from my status match from Wyndham Diamond, I was happy to find a comp for the Rio Las Vegas. I also found a $37 all in rate for a renovated room at Harrahs. Decisions, decisions… All resort fees are waived with Caesars Diamond, so a free room, really is free! I ended up choosing the Rio (oops!) because hey, free room! I don’t regret giving it a try, but...

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How I Got A Mercedes SUV for Just $16 More at Enterprise!

Background: During my visit to Miami, my parents and I wanted a rental car for a day trip to Key West and Naples. I never thought I’d end up with a Mercedes rental car! The last time I was in a Mercedes rental car was when my friends and I used car2go in Denver. car2go only rented out smart cars and Mercedes Benz GLA’s and CLA’s. I reviewed the Mercedes Benz GLA with car2go a few years ago. Arriving to see Tesla’s? My hotel was in Coconut Grove, which is about 5 miles south of Downtown Miami. The closest...

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Review: JetBlue A321 Core Class Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale

Background: I booked jetBlue to/from Fort Lauderdale because I wanted to try their A321 Mint configuration plane featuring the newer seats and 10 inch IFE in economy. Plus, they were cheaper than the nonstops on American to Miami, so it really was a no brainer! The Flights: jetBlue Airways Flight 2800 and Flight 101 Los Angeles (LAX) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Los Angeles (LAX) Seat: 21A and 21F Core Class (Economy) Aircraft: Airbus A321 Mint Boarding at LAX: After a nice visit to the Korean Airlines Lounge at Tom Bradley, I took the nice...

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Priority Pass Review: Kafe Kalik Fort Lauderdale Airport

Background: Priority Pass just added a restaurant option inside Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL), called Kafe Kalik which offers Caribbean inspired food. On my latest trip out of FLL, I had a chance to visit Kafe Kalik before my flight! Kafe Kalik Location: Kafe Kalik is located in Terminal 4, next to gate G6. Also, it is open from 6am-10pm daily. My JetBlue flight was departing from Terminal 3, and it took about 10-15 minutes to walk to it. Thankfully as of 2016, Terminals 3 and 4 at Fort Lauderdale Airport are connected airside (post-security)! Unfortunately, if you’re leaving from...

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Review: Amazing JetBlue A320 Economy Oakland to Long Beach

Background: I booked jetBlue to fly back home from Oakland as it was cheaper than Southwest, and I had a $40 travel credit because my jetBlue flight to Florida dropped $40. If the price of your flight changes within 5 days of booking, JetBlue will credit you the difference to your travel bank. Flight Details: jetBlue Airways Flight 347 Oakland (OAK) to Long Beach (LGB) Seat: 7F- Window- Economy Aircraft: Airbus A320 Status: On Time The Flight: Boarding was quick and right on time, and the flight wasn’t fully booked so it was easy to find overhead space. The...

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Priority Pass Review: The Club at DFW

Background: On my way back home from the Freddie Awards, I saw that Dallas/Forth Worth Airport had an array of Priority Pass options. They have 2 Minute Suite options, 2 Gameways (video game stations) and 1 traditional lounge option. As I wanted some food and drinks, I opted to visit the only actual Priority Pass lounge option at DFW, that being The Club at DFW. I only had 45 minutes to chill, so it was a bit of a rushed experience, but I’m glad I visited! Location of the Club at DFW: The Club at DFW is located at...

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