Back from NYC!

I flew to R/T from SEA to JFK yesterday for my last Mileage Run.  Fortunately, I was upgraded as I mentioned in the last post.  Service was fine (nothing special).  Got to spend some time in the Delta Sky Club in JFK Terminal 4.

Couple of thoughts from the trip:

  • Shake Shack is pretty delicious, especially for airport food. 
  • Terminal 4 Delta Sky Club is spacious.  Showers, multiple seating areas, large bar and a fairly nice food options are well.
  • Sitting in front of a dramatic lady that likes to push the back of your seat because she thinks the seat is collapsing into her lap when you lean back is very annoying.  After a brief exchange, she got the message that she needed to stop dramatically pushing my seat back.
  • SEA/NYC is a long stinkin' flight when you do the R/T back to back.  Could have flown to London one-way in the same amount of time!

Inaugral Post--Mileage Run

I have one more Mileage Run to do this year.  It is for Delta (I had enough miles for Platinum but was just short of the dollar spend).  I found a fairly inexpensive R/T to JFK from my home airport (SEA).  The good news is that since this is a flight during the slower period between Christmas and New Years, I have confirmed upgrades to Business both ways.  The ticket cost under $525 so it met my main requirement to get the minimum spend addressed.  My other requirement is that it is a quick turn-around flight so I don't have to use a hotel room.

As I enter into 2016, I will have Platinum on both Delta and American.  With American moving to a revenue based system at the mid year point thus making it cousin to Delta's revenue approach, I need to decide what airline I will concentrate my business travel with.  My two things that I will focus on:

  1. How I can leverage the miles toward international first/business class travel for my family.
  2. Getting as many upgrades for business flights as possible to make my business travel as comfortable as possible. 

I am thinking that I will front load my American miles since the revenue based system won't kick in until the middle of the year.  I have historically tried to maintain elite status with two different airlines so that I can meet the lower cost spend requirements that are imposed by employment requirements. 

Feel free to chime in with comments on what you think I should do re elite status in 2016!