San Antonio

Cheap Busch Gardens And Sea World Tickets Today Only

Today’s Daily Getaway offer features discounted Busch Gardens and Sea World tickets. In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association.  Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying. For the more popular offers, they will sell out quickly, which means being around right when they go on sale each day at 1:00 pm EDT.  Some offers will sell out in hours, some in minutes.  It’s also important to be […]

CLEAR Picking Up A Bit Of Steam? Adds San Jose, Second New Airport In Roughly 30 Days

I don’t imagine there are a ton of fans of CLEAR right now.  When they folded a few years ago they lost all mindshare.  They were resurrected from the dead but didn’t have much relevancy because not too many airports signed on. Add to that the ability to apply for Global Entry to access TSA PreCheck and the proliferation of PreCheck, and CLEAR became pretty much obsolete. Lately, they landed a few jabs in the fight back to relevance.  The CLEAR lines were reorganized to flow directly into the PreCheck […]

Meh. CLEAR Coming To San Antonio

I’ve been a proponent of CLEAR for quite some time.  I’ve been hoping for 2 things: 1.  More integration with TSA Pre-Check.  They did this in Denver recently and it makes a nice difference when the Pre-Check line is a bit long on the morning.  As TSA expands the number of eligible passengers for Pre-Check, the lines have gotten a bit longer.  They definitely move a ton faster and are more convenient than a regular line, but the CLEAR integration in Denver makes life easier in the mornings. 2.  More […]

A New Yorker’s Romance With Texas BBQ: My First (But Certainly Not Last) Visit To Lockhart

It’s been a bit over a month since I enjoyed Hard 8 BBQ with my friend Scott.  Good BBQ is something I didn’t start to appreciate until later in life, but I’m definitely here now. Just over a week ago I had a scheduled trip to fly in to Austin.  I had a scheduled lunch before a drive to San Antonio.  Austin is one of those cities where I’ve rarely (maybe never) had a bad meal.  My lunch partners chose a nice restaurant where I enjoyed a great fresh lunch […]

Summarizing My Year In Flight

This was one of my busier years in the air.  I keep track of my flights using a program called Flight Memory.  I’m pretty sure I got the majority of my flight but I might have missed one or two.  Some year-end factoids: 150,000 miles flown, or just a total of 6 times around the Earth.  That amounted to a total of 16 days in the air, or just shy of 5% of the year on airplanes.  123 planes in total.  No surprise my flight to Tokyo was the longest […]

Hitting The Century Mark

On my way back from Denver last night, I hit 100,000 miles flown for the year.  Now, most of my frequent traveler friends will chuckle at that, having surpassed that number earlier in the year.  But, for most mere mortals, 100,000 miles seems like a lot.  So, I figured I’d provide a bit of a breakdown.  First, here’s an overview of what 100,000 miles looks like in terms of time. That’s a whopping 265 hours (or 11 days) of the first 8 months of the year on airplanes.  And, just […]

A Quick Trip To San Antonio-Grand Hyatt San Antonio Review

19 hours in San Antonio.  I’d never been before, and was looking forward to seeing if the River Walk was as interesting as it had been described.  I’d be spending most of my time at a conference, but I figured I would have time for a brief visit to the River Walk and a few hours of sleep. I was staying at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.  For my one night stay, I caught a mini-upgrade to a club room, which I assume is pretty much the same as a […]