Dallas-Venice on US Airways Coach: Eurabia, Part II

I’ll be honest: this probably won’t be the most exciting flight report ever.  It was mainly US Airways international coach service on their A330.  There were no suites, no sliding doors, no showers, no caviar.  It’s a wonder how I survived, huh?  I know I know, I’m a bit spoiled, but at the end of the day whether I’m in the front of the plane or the back of it I’m still traveling!  I’ve always said I’d never let Coach stand in the way of a good trip, and plus I’d get to check out a new airline’s international service.  All of this is what I told myself to get me psyched up for what I was sure to be a big ol’ bucket of meh.

ORD-PEK American Airlines Business Class

A Correction Last post, I mentioned that I would be using British Airways Avios points to get to Philadelphia to begin my trip.  In looking over my notes, I got confused with a more recent trip I took to Costa Rica (for which I used Avios).  I updated  the other post, but wanted to clarify that I ended up taking a US Airways flight to Philadelphia (since it was so cheap, $69 one-way). The correction is actually a nice segue into the subject of this post: how did I get to China?  Writing about it is going to make me pretty bitter, honestly.  Why?  When I took the trip, I had the coveted Executive Platinum status with American Airlines, entitling me to all sorts of entitlements with which I had a tremendously entitled sense of entitledment…you get the idea.  Life is good flying as an Executive Platinum.  March 1 was a tough day for me this year.  Not for any actual reason, but March 1 is The Great Status Reset Day.  Logging into my American Airlines account was far less cool on March 1. Flying isn’t quite as fun as a Gold, but it’s ok.  I have plans and designs for earning back my EXP status as quickly as possible, for reasons I detailed in this post.  I’ll detail my strategy once this report is done. To China…I mean Philly Anyways, I made my way to DFW Airport to catch my US Airways flight.  American and US Airways have had… read more

 

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