Buenos dias everyone! It finally happened – Alaska Airlines returned to Mexico City (MEX), with near-simultaneous inaugural flights from San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX). I wrote about these new routes and this was my first-ever inaugural flight on any airline, so I’m pretty happy that it was on my favorite airline on a route that means a lot to me (since I moved from the Bay Area to Mexico City just under a year ago).
I made the risky choice of taking an UberPOOL to SFO, and arrived just minutes before the 1-hour cutoff for checking bags internationally. We hustled over to one of the check-in kiosks, and after an unnerving number of loading screens, were able to print our bag tags and boarding passes in the nick of time. We then stood in line for another 10-15 minutes to hand our bags to an agent – the longest I can remember spending in an elite line, and this was with only 3 people ahead of us. There were several flights leaving around the same time with four agents working, and a lot of people were confused about where they were supposed to be.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has a new promotion called “Dash for Miles” where you can earn up to 3,000 bonus Alaska Airlines miles for earning miles with three partners: Mileage Plan Dining, Mileage Plan Shopping, and The Opinion Terminal.
This is a fairly straightforward promotion, and a pretty easy way to collect extra miles – there doesn’t seem to be any minimum spend requirements for the dining and shopping promotions, and hopefully signing up for The Opinion Terminal and completing one survey isn’t too onerous. Plus, you don’t have to complete all three tasks – you’ll earn a partial bonus even if you complete just one.
Buenos dias everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while – it’s been a very busy summer. But now I’m in the Bay Area for Alaska’s inaugural flight from SFO to Mexico City, and to make up for my absence, I decided we should have an opportunity to see Grant’s (burger-eating) talents at Super Duper Burgers this coming Monday. If you are free Monday evening, please join me, Grant, and other Bay Area travel hackers for burgers, fries, miles, points, MS, and more. As a reminder, this location is on Market Street between Montgomery and Powell Street BART stations.
Where: Super Duper Burgers, 721 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Google Maps)
When: Monday, August 7th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
No need to RSVP, just show up when you can and be ready to eat and talk. Have a great weekend!
Buenos dias everyone. The annual fee posted on my American Express Business Platinum Charge Card on April 26, and since I hate making phone calls, I waited until the very last minute to call about canceling the card. American Express will only refund your annual fee if you cancel or downgrade within 30 days of when the annual fee posts to your card.