World Traveller 73


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

American Express started opening airline travel lounges, inviting its members a place to relax before a flight. American Express has done an outstanding job with their lounges that are located in high traffic airports around North America and the world. While the lounges are often busy places, they make up for these shortfalls in better food and beverage. Our visit to the American Express Centurion Lounge in San Francisco was outstanding with… Read More

No matter how you leave Australia for the United States, it’s always a long journey. Today’s flight was blocked at fifteen hours of travel from Sydney to San Francisco. Our standby travel efforts had us being among the last to be assigned a seat at the very rear of the economy cabin on a United Airlines Boeing 777-200, which is among the work horses of the United long haul fleet. It’s certainly… Read More

While I don’t usually combine flight posts, it seems to make sense in this case since these flights blended into each other. Economy flights aren’t that exciting to write about, but they do form an important part of any trip. This combination of flights led us to our international American gateway, and formed the start of this International journey. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates,… Read More