This morning I got up early and headed to the airport to take a quick flight that was just there and back.
I needed to have just one more flight to fulfill the requirements for the next level of frequent flier status.
I had told myself a long time ago that I would probably never do this, but the benefits outweighed the costs of the flight that I took this morning. The six global upgrades will be worth it in the long run.
I had to be up early this morning and on the road so that I could get to the airport for a 6:30 flight. I also had to have time to park my car and get to the terminal. It was much cheaper to park at my normal lot and pay for a days parking than park at the terminal.
Of course flying so soon after Christmas meant that the flights were still full. I was hoping for a complimentary upgrade and had been first on the upgrade list since I had checked in. I kept watching my app and just as they started boarding I got the upgrade. It was nice to relax a bit on the short flight.
You should be able to tell from this picture where I flew to this morning. Here is the “Theme Building” at LAX. At one time it was to be the centerpiece of a futuristic airport, but the project was scaled down. Today it is just an observation deck, but at one time it was a restaurant. With the airport security today it is difficult to access quickly, so does not get visited much.
I was also watching my app to see if I would get an upgrade on the return flight. I was number three on the list after the last upgrade went through. I guess it was better to miss it by a few than to be the first to not get an upgrade. However, I was able to get moved to a better seat as the upgrades went through.
I napped for a good part of the hour long flight.
I was soon heading toward the exit at SFO. I even walked across the sky bridge area instead of taking the moving walkways. This allowed me to stop and look at a few of the SFO Museum exhibits and also take a picture of the planes at the International terminal.
We got in about 20 minutes early and I was out of the airport and on the shuttle to pick up my car before we were even scheduled to land.
Then I had a nice drive home as traffic was a bit less with it being a Saturday.
When I got home I took a long nap 🙂
Now to finish my study for my lesson tomorrow. It has been a long day, but it will be worth it when I get those upgrades on 12 hour+ flights.