Review: Aeromexico Clase Premier GDL -MEX

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara
Alcalde Restaurante
Review: VIP Lounge (East) GDL

After spending some time in the lounge, I headed to the gate where a bus was waiting to transport passengers to a remote stand. The gate agents announced boarding for Zone 1, so I had my ticket scanned and boarded the bus. Within minutes, someone came on the bus to inform us that our flight would be delayed and we all needed to get off the bus.

After about half an hour, the gate agents let the first 17 rows of the plane board the bus. We had a short drive to our plane, passing other Volaris and Interjet planes.

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Review: VIP Lounge (East) GDL

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara
Alcalde Restaurante

I had never travelled within Mexico, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with security lines. I decided to book a business class ticket which would give me access to priority lines. Turns out that was completely unnecessary, because security was a breeze.

I had about half an hour before boarding was supposed to begin, so I headed to the VIP Lounge (East) located near Gate 14. I accessed the lounge using my Priority Pass, and I was traveling with two of my coworkers, so I brought them in as well.

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Alcalde Restaurant

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara

I didn’t have much time to explore Guadalajara, but I did eat lunch at Alcalde, which was recommended to us by our contact in GDL. Later I found out it’s one of the best restaurants in the city. You can see TripAdvisor reviews here and Yelp reviews here.

Alcalde is on OpenTable, so I was able to easily make a reservation for our group. Read More

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico

Hola! I just got back from a last-minute, fast-paced business trip to Mexico.

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On Tuesday afternoon, I flew Alaska Airlines from SJC – GDL in First Class.

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A Quick Turn @ Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

TL;DR: Beautiful hotel but you can probably get more bang for your buck elsewhere.

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I booked one night at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey because I had to be in Venice for work. The rate was $283/night + taxes and fees for a total of $320/night.

I earned 3,419 Marriott points for this stay: 2,735 Base + 684 Elite base, which posted to my account two days after checkout. Read More

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Citi Prestige Giving Select Cardholders $50 Amazon Credit

Hello from Barcelona! I just finished a Princess cruise that ended in this beautiful city. When I was catching up on email, I found a pleasant surprise from Citi:

Thank you for using your Citi® Prestige Concierge to book your upcoming hotel stay utilizing our “Fourth Night Free” benefit. We are glad that you are able to “stay a little bit longer”, thanks to this benefit available exclusively to Citi® Prestige cardmembers.


As a small token of our appreciation and your loyalty, we are including in this email a $50 Amazon.com Gift Card. This is our way of saying “thank you” for using this service and being a loyal Citi® Prestige cardmember.

I’m currently staying at Barcelo Sants Hotel, which I booked using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit. Citi will pay me back €130 for the 4th night, which was already a great perk. Adding on another $50 in Amazon credit (which is like cash to me) is just icing on the cake.

Several people on FlyerTalk have also reported receiving this bonus perk. This is my first time ever using the fourth night free benefit, and I’m loving it!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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