Trip Report: Bentonville Film Festival, Part 1

Last week, I travelled to Bentonville, Arkansas for the Bentonville Film Festival. It was a quick trip, so this is a quick trip report. 

Part 1: San Francisco →  Bentonville

The closest airport to Bentonville is XNA, which serves Northwest Arkansas. It’s a small regional airport that’s fairly new, so the flights options from SFO were limited. United runs a nonstop flight at 1:45pm, which I flew on Wed, May 4th.


I left YouTube around 12:30pm to get to SFO using Lyft. I booked a Lyft line, but was not matched with any other passengers, so the ride was a quick 8 minutes and cost $10.58.

Since the TSA PreCheck line was short, I had about 20 minutes to myself. I decided to go to the American Express Centurion lounge, which is located near Terrminal 3 Gate 74.


Access to the Centurion lounge network comes with the AmEx Platinum credit card. If you follow me on snapchat, you might have seen some snaps of the lounge.


After eating a quick lunch at the lounge, I headed to Gate 77B for the flight. I was in seat 14D on a CRJ-700. Economy is configured as 2-2, and the flight was not entirely full.


Legroom in 14D

Since I was in the air from 2pm-5pm, I was really hoping to get some work done on the flight. Before the flight, I had looked up the flights tail number and cross referenced it with the list of United’s wifi enabled aircraft, which stated that the plane was equipped with wifi. However, I asked the flight attendant on board about wifi and she said there was none.


No wifi got me like

Fortunately, I had downloaded some shows on my tablet which kept me entertained for the majority of the flight. Twenty minutes ahead of schedule, we landed in Bentonville.

The festival had arranged the flight and transportation, so my friend and I found our driver near baggage claim.


Riding in a black SUV is the closest I’ll get to feeling like Kylie Jenner

Part 2: Four Points Sheraton

Other posts about Bentonville Film Festival: #bff2016

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