Los Angeles International Airport

Concourse Hotel LAX: Hyatt In Hiding

Airport hotels at LAX are something of a dying breed.  Sure, you have the new-ish Hyatt Place LAX/El Segundo, but there’s not much else new nearby.  Getting to and from the Hyatt Place can be a bit cumbersome with the shuttle and no way to walk it.  And, I’m not really a big fan of the Sheraton Gateway/LAX.  In the half dozen times or so that I’ve stayed at that Sheraton, I’ve walked to and from the terminal, probably about a 15 min walk if you’re flying American Airlines (less […]

A Mileage Run: Step-By-Step

I did a pretty poor job of planning my travel this year.  I usually have everything mapped out months in advance so I know I have enough miles where I need them to make sure I re-qualify for my favorite status, Executive Platinum level with American Airlines. This year, I started out thinking I would lose my 1K status from United, but then ended up with a bunch of travel on UA and was at risk of losing Executive Platinum.  That meant I was waiting for a fare sale to […]

Tonight Only. Fare Sale. Virgin America Started, Others Matching

Virgin America launched a one-day fare sale that’s only valid until midnight today. I checked a few fares from my home city of Washington-Dulles.  I was able to confirm $146 one-way fares to LAX and $156 one-way to San Francisco. Looks like most of the fares run from the beginning of November through the end of February next year.  So, if you’re looking to get a head start on re-qualification, here’s a good start.  

It Pays To Keep An Eye On Fare Sales, Even If It’s Not The Airline You Want To Fly

Most people look for cheap flights by hunting on Expedia, Travelocity and the like.  If prices aren’t to your liking and you have time, you wait and check back periodically, hoping for something better.  There are some other tools people use frequently to help find cheap tickets.  But, largely, it’s a game of hunting for the right fare if you don’t buy tickets often. One good way to keep an eye out for low fares is to subscribe to newsletters from your favorite airline to know when they have a […]

A Quick Peek At The New Tom Bradley International Terminal At LAX

During our recent trip on StarMegaDO4, our trip started out at LAX with a flight from LAX to Frankfurt on Lufthansa.  While I’ve flown in an out of LAX dozens of times I don’t recall ever having an international departure out of Tom Bradley.  I’ve eaten lunch there a number of times, but no departures I can remember. So, I did what most travel geeks would do in that situation and explored the terminal a bit (after grabbing a glass of sparkling wine in the Star Alliance lounge first, of […]

StarMegaDO4: Lufthansa LAX-FRA Departure And Star Alliance Lounge

This is the 3rd post in a series detailing the adventure of StarMegaDO4.  Previous posts are listed below: StarMegaDO4: Getting Under Way StarMegaDO4: Sheraton Gateway LAX Review We’ve spent the last few hours hanging out in the Star Alliance Lounge in the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX.  While I’ve flown in and out of LAX more times then I can count, I’ve never departed out of the international terminal.  I’ve eaten there a number of times, either at the Daily Grill or the sushi restaurant.  But, this would be my […]

StarMegaDO4: Sheraton Gateway LAX Review

Just the beginning of my journey for StarMegaDO4.  Previous posts can be found below: StarMegaDO4: Getting Under Way I landed right around 8pm.  Since it was a nice night in LA and I was landing at T7 (making it a short walk) I decided to walk to Sheraton Gateway.  This was my first stay at the property though I’ve driven by it many times. Check-in was relatively smooth.  I was given access to the club but told there were no suite upgrades available. I was told breakfast would be in […]

American Takes Advantage Of The Bankruptcy Process To Move More Flights To Regional Jets

Boy, that was fast. Mere days after the bankruptcy judge ruled that American Airlines could void the pilots’ union contract, AA started tackling one of the issues they’ve been trying to solve for quite some time. AA has inked a contract with SkyWest Airlines to start flying some regional jets on routes as soon as mid-November. There’s good news and bad news here. Most of these flights will operate out of LAX and DFW. So, that may mean more profitability by right-sizing the planes, it could possibly lead to more […]