World Traveller 73


Our returning flight from Hawaii had us coming back to the mainland in terrific lie flat seats. Unfortunately, it ended up taking us to San Francisco which required a short flight to get back home to Canada. Our short return positioning flight was on United Airlines Express between San Francisco and Vancouver on their smaller Embraer 175. Review: United Airlines Business Class E175, San Francisco International Airport – Vancouver International Airport We… Read More

United Airlines has a very large footprint at San Francisco International Airport and runs four separate lounges at this airport. The United Club “E” Gates is the smallest United Club at the San Francisco International Airport. The lounge served many of the United Airlines regional destinations that depart from San Francisco. We would end up checking out this lounge on our circuit of the United Club’s in San Francisco. Review: United Club… Read More

United Airlines has a few unique lounges in it’s worldwide system. One of these oddities is the United Club Lounge in San Francisco “G” International Terminal. This lounge started off life as the United Airlines Global First Class lounge when United Airlines expanded into the International Terminal and operated a First Class Cabin. Since United Airlines opened a United Polaris Business Lounge in 2019, and removed all of it’s First Class cabins,… Read More

An overnight flight back from Hawaii often requires scrunching yourself up in an uncomfortable seat until the morning flight. We were lucky to have found a deeply discounted business class fare that would allow us to return to the mainland in a fully flat bed. Our experience in a United Airlines Polaris Business Class Seat would have us travelling back home in style. Review: United Airlines First Class B777-2 Polaris, Honolulu Daniel… Read More

There are times when you find yourself in a favourable business class cabin on a domestic flight thanks to the assignment of a specific aircraft to a particular route. The United Polaris cabin we found on a domestic United States flight was one of those circumstances. It featured a fully flat business class seat and private suite on a flight to the Hawaiian Islands. How would our experience in the United Polaris… Read More

United Airlines has had a presence in San Francisco since the 1930’s and the San Francisco International Airport operates as a domestic and international hub for the American carrier. As a result of this long history, it has a long and loyal base at this Californian coastal city. It is only fitting that they offer a flagship lounge for this location. We would visit what used to be their flagship lounge in… Read More

There are times when you have to take a short positioning flight in order to get to the better stuff. That was the order of business for today’s flight: a short hop on United Airlines on Vancouver to San Francisco in order to get to a United Airlines Polaris Business Class Seat on their United Airlines Boeing 777-200 equipment type. We would have a quick hop down on the United Airlines Embraer… Read More

Virgin America was the boutique airline offering in the United States operating select West Coast routes for those seeking an alternative to the mainline carriers. Virgin America offered all leather seating, in seat back entertainment and white first class seats. Before they were purchased by Alaska Airlines, we had the opportunity to test our Virgin America on a short hop from San Francisco to Seattle. Review: Virgin America A320, San Francisco International… Read More

Our return segment from Mexico to the United States was on the unusual Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines had just started service between the United States and Mexico City to compliment service to their many other Republic of Mexico Destinations of Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. We had received a complimentary upgrade into First Class courtesy of Alaska Mileage Plan MVP status and earning into their terrific Alaska Mileage Plan frequent flier… Read More

Alaska Airlines was an unusual choice to fly from the United States to Mexico City. We ended up using them thanks to the use of a companion fare, a complimentary upgrade into First Class courtesy of Alaska Mileage Plan MVP status and earning into their terrific Alaska Mileage Plan frequent flier program. Our travels to Mexico City had a few bumps along the way. Read on to see how we fared on… 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 B737-8, Seattle Tacoma International Airport – San Francisco International Airport… Read More

Air Canada Rouge is the low cost carrier version of Air Canada. It currently services it’s leisure United States, Caribbean and European markets to and from Canada. It is supposed to offer a cheaper alternative to cater to its leisure markets. However, it seems to have turned into a way to lower labor costs, while keeping prices very similar to their mainline offerings. It would be our first (and last) experience flying… Read More