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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Alaska Airlines Expands Service at Newark

I used to fly Alaska Airlines quite a bit out of San Diego, since miles can be counted toward requalifying on American (though that will be changing significantly with the upcoming AAdvantage accrual devaluations).  I've seen Alaska planes at Newark though haven't done much research on their routes since most are just to main bases like Seattle.

Some encouraging news, though, was just shared that Alaska will be adding capacity at Newark - including a direct flight to San Diego!  From Routesonline:

Alaska Airlines in winter 2016/17 season is expanding Trans-Continental service for Newark, as the airline gradually introduces 1 daily flight each from Portland OR, San Diego and San Jose CA. These service will be operated by Boeing 737-900ER, with reservation to open on Monday 25JUL16.

eff 10NOV16 Portland OR – Newark

AS774 PDX0655 – 1455EWR 73J D
AS757 EWR1555 – 1905PDX 73J D

eff 21NOV16 San Diego – Newark

AS772 SAN0955 – 1755EWR 73J D
AS773 EWR1900 – 2200SAN 73J D

eff 12MAR17 San Jose CA – Newark
AS782 SJC0630 – 1455EWR 73J D
AS783 EWR1605 – 1940SJC 73J D

This is another excellent option to get back to the West Coast if fares are outrageous on the other main airlines.  And it also makes using the companion certificate easier to get those EQM's on AA!

Monday, August 1, 2016

American Airlines Goes Revenue Based Today

Just a short reminder that the dreaded day has come for primary AA flyers: revenue-based earning on American begins today regardless of your ticket purchase date.

You can read more info on it here (great summary by Gary).

Sadly, this means much fewer miles being earned for flights.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Family Camping at Interstate Park

This past weekend I made a trip back toward home to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary with a family camping excursion to Interstate Park.  It's been far too long since we did this type of activity together, and despite a few downpours managed to have a pretty enjoyable time.  The mosquitos also tended to stay away for the most part!

The park itself is quite large - you can find out more info here:


I'm looking forward to doing this again in the future.  Nice to be outside and enjoy nature!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Switzerland from South to North

A much needed vacation week has now concluded and overall the trip was very successful.  Given the current events happening in Nice and Turkey, I'm glad that there were no flight delays or other impacts.

From a travel planning perspective, I couldn't have been more pleased.  2nd Class Swiss Travel passes were used for four days and provided excellent value traveling between Bellinzona, Murren, and Zurich.  A side trip to Baden was even possible.  I chose Booking.com for the lodging reservations and points for the final night with no problems (I've found excellent value using the site in the past) - the train pass also included the Swiss Museum Pass and access to all local transport.  Flights were booked using United miles (60,000 r/t) with limited taxes on Swiss and UA.  Choices for stays this trip included:

The weather cooperated for the most part and there were splendid views and pictures possible.  The time always flies by too quickly - looking forward to another excursion back soon!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

3rd Quarter Chase Freedom bonus now active!

We are now into the 3rd quarter of the year, so if you have the Chase Freedom card you can now earn 5x points on all Restaurants and Warehouse Club stores.  (Don't forget to register!)  I'm especially looking forward to the restaurant earnings since even the cafeteria on campus qualifies for the bonus.  Between that and normal gift card use it's a great way to earn bonus for your everyday spend!  And if you don't have the card, there's no annual fee and a very minimum spend requirement.