World Traveller 73

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For the last flight in our South Pacific adventure, we had a short connecting flight home on American Airlines. While we were initially booked on their usual Embraer 175 aircraft that served this route, we were upgraded to an Airbus 319 before we travelled. We experienced a thin pre-departure First Class experience on this flight compared to the other carriers serving transborder routes, and a lost checked bag before the day was… Read More

While I hadn’t previously come to expect too much from a United Club, the airline has been on a modernization campaign worldwide. Over the past several years, United Airlines has improved, expanded and updated many of it’s lounges in North America. United operates a pacific hub in Los Angeles and had recently relocated and expanded it’s United Club. We would get to experience a five hour extended layover of which we had… Read More

French Polynesia is one of the more challenging destinations to get to using miles. While we had a ticket home from French Polynesia on Air Tahiti Nui courtesy of American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier program, we had to position ourselves to get to French Polynesia. We redeemed our award ticket home on American Airlines AAdvantage. We paid 82,500 AAdvantage miles for this award, along with connecting flights onwards to Vancouver on American… Read More

Fiji Airways is one of the smaller carriers operating international flights in the South Pacific. With a small fleet of 5 wide body aircrafts, it operates flights to and from Fiji with connecting flights through Nadi International Airport. As a member of One World Select, it offers some reciprocal benefits with One World Carriers. Through a redemption with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, we’d get an opportunity to test them out on their… Read More

Alaska Airlines operates a large hub of activity from it’s home in the lower states from Seattle Tacoma International Airport. As Canadian travellers who fly Alaska Airlines, we frequently find ourselves connecting through busy Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Today’s connection experience had us departing from the old North Satellite Terminal, which at the time was a pretty utilitarian experience. Review: Alaska Airlines B737-9, Seattle Tacoma International Airport – Los Angeles We were… Read More

There are many carriers that operate from the mega airport of Los Angeles International Airport. While many carriers operate smaller regional jets up and down the coast, Alaska Airlines exclusively offers a Boeing 737 in it’s fleet, with the occasional Airbus 320 that is left over from it’s Virgin Australia acquisition. In Alaska Airlines First Class, this affords a little extra room over its competitors that usually use an smaller Embraer aircraft…. Read More

As a smaller company, Alaska Airlines operates a small suite of lounges across the Western United States. It features lounges in Seattle, Portland, Anchorage and Los Angeles. It has since opened a space in New York and is soon to open San Francisco. Alaska Airlines describes these spaces as a an unparalleledĀ airport lounge service in a quiet space to relax and recharge, or get a little work done between flights. We’d try… Read More

The Emirates First Class Cabin on the Airbus 380-800 is one of the most featured First Class suites in the sky. The experience includes a First Class Shower Suite, a private cabin with doors, and a stand up bar at the rear of the first class deck that is shared with economy. We redeemed Alaska Mileage Plan miles for a 16 hour experience in Emirates First Class. How did it fare for… Read More

Our Qatar Airways flight on the World’ Five Star Airline lived up to it’s expectations. We had a comfortable business class seat, great amenities in the form of a fabulous wine list, mattress pad and pyjamas made available for business class travellers. We also had terrific food and beverage on this flight, making it easy to choose Qatar Airways as a carrier of choice to and from the middle east. Review: Qatar… Read More

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Terminal Two was one of the largest outstation Maple Leaf Lounges in the United States and a far nicer version than it’s New York / New Jersey Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge counter parts. Unfortunately, the lounge had seen better days on our pass through and had suffered from the low rent touches before it transitioned completely over to Los Angeles Terminal Six. Review: Air Canada… Read More

The American Airlines Admirals Club at Los Angeles made the most of the space available, taking over the top floor of the Los Angeles Terminal Four concourse space. It offered a day light space in a pleasant and comforting atmosphere, along with a la carte food to order, available snacks and a full bar offering. Review: American Airlines Admirals Club, Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4, California, United States of America “American… Read More

Our departing early morning flight from Vancouver International Airport was on American Airlines today. It was a contrast from our other experiences whom were on Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines while we flew on a transborder basis. Our experience on American Airlines was comfortable and pleasant, although not super memorable. Review: American Airlines Compass Airlines dba as American Eagle, E175, Vancouver International Airport – Los Angeles Terminal Six “American Airlines offered “lounge-less”… Read More