My new United pre-flight hobby

This FlyerTalk thread has brought me quite a few laughs about something I’d never even thought about paying attention to. United’s gate monitors always display the first three letters of the last name and first letter of the first name for passengers on the standby list, upgrade list, or confirmed awaiting seats list. Well, it…

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DHS comes to their senses….

I posted a couple of days ago about Chris Elliott receiving a subpoena for posting a security directive. While he probably shouldn’t have posted it word-for-word, he was helping out the traveling public and there was nothing in there that I’d consider to be confidential (other than the text identifying it as such). Well, it…

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Got my passports in hand!

I can’t believe it, the government was efficient for once. I sent in my US passport for renewal on December 2 and got it back today, exactly four weeks later. Other than the rather draconian, off center picture that the lady at the acceptance facility took of me, I’m kind of impressed! I feel like…

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Upgrd 50: The Big Five Oh

Join us for episode 50 of the Upgrd Podcast. Unfortunately I don’t have a good reason for having missed this one, other than mixing up days. Oops! Only posting about this because I have a comment or two to make. First of all, thanks to Matt’s fiance for her lovely comment about me. Much appreciated.…

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I caved — now using MySkyStatus!

Lufthansa has had a neat tool for a while now, called MySkyStatus. Basically you enter the flights you’ll be taking on their website and they’ll automatically send updates to your Facebook and Twitter accounts about your arrival time, departure time, etc. Till now I’ve been too lazy to actually enter my flights, but I just…

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One Six Right — The Romance of Flying

I’ve been meaning to watch the documentary “One Six Right” forever. It has been recommended to me over and over and over, but my laziness always ends up getting the best of me. Well, in early December a friend passed on the DVD to me, so there were no more excuses. I finally got around…

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Photo #150

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It’s time for a reader photo. Thanks to Nadia for sending in this one. Correct Answer: Buenos Aires, Argentina Winner: Chris If you’d like your photo featured, please email it to me at onemileatatime@hotmail.com, along with the correct answer.

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Double redeye — efficient or insane?

For those that haven’t caught on yet, I want to be one of the first 50 people to make it to 250,000 elite qualifying miles on United next year. That might just require me to get a bit more creative and efficient. One way to get more efficient is to do two mileage runs in…

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