Travel Tips & Advice on “airlines”

How to Plan a Cele Valley Variation on the Way of St. James

Air? United Airlines is our carrier of choice and we bought Economy roundtrip tickets from Chicago (ORD) to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). There are some great fares and many airlines fly to France; surf Kayak, One Travel, or your favorite sites. Last-minute trips for less on!Local Transportation? The next step was a round-trip […]

United Airlines Dream of a Dreamliner – Business Class Osaka-San Francisco

United Airlines Dreamliner 787-8 from Osaka to San Francisco would depart at 4:45p, arrive in San Francisco at 10:35a (still the same day) and then another flight would depart San Francisco at 2:30P, and arrive in Chicago at 5:45p (still the same day). It would be a grueling, long, back-breaking (or butt-breaking) trip back home. There’s not […]

Ultra-Modern Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Similar to other modern airports, Kansai International Airport (KIX) is easy to use with signage in Japanese and English, and touch screens for even more information. We arrived too early for United Airlines check-in and to an escalator down one level to see the restaurants and shopping there; truthfully, more interesting than the Duty Free section […]

Day 3: Take that, Calbuco!

Go ahead Calbuco…erupt all you want because Marine Steve and I made it to Buenos Aires on a TAM Airlines flight from Sao Paulo. And let’s look on the sunny side of two days worth of delays from Chicago; we can add Sao Paulo airport to the list of “been there, done it” and flown TAM […]

Calbuco Volcano in Chile Erupts, Creates Air Travel Mess – Day 2

And we are still here…in Sao Paolo…at GRU Airport…because our United Airlines scheduled flight from Sao Paulo to Buenos Aires at 9:00a this morning was cancelled again. (Read all about yesterday’s diverted flight.)

FLASH! Calbuco Volcano in Chile Erupts, Creates Air Travel Mess

Guess who is in Sao Paulo, Brazil instead of in Buenos Aires? That’s right, Marine Steve, myself and hundreds of other stranded passengers. United Airlines #819 was only one hour from this mornings destination of Buenos Aires, Argentina  and I was happily watching the air map when I the little air map plane began heading east instead […]

United Airlines 787 “Dream of a Dreamliner” – San Francisco to Osaka Business Class

The United Airlines 787 Dreamliner is now my favorite airplane and I was thrilled that United recently began nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Osaka (KIX). This was our first flight on a 787 and I had no end of fun pressing a button that automatically darkens or lightens seat windows, watching “mood lights” change […]

United Airlines 737-900 First Class Chicago-San Francisco

Our original itinerary was Chicago to Los Angeles to San Francisco on United Airlines (the cheapest flight available) with an overnight in San Francisco followed by the nonstop Dreamliner from San Francisco to Osaka, Japan the next day. But United extends a special perk to premium passengers; they are allowed to change flights within 24 hours […]

How to Plan a Trip to Japan, Land of Fire

The Oku Japan Tour tour would begin in Kyoto and end in Osaka. Our first step after booking a tour is to always research air; usually the most expensive part of travel. International Air? Many airlines fly non-stop to Osaka (closest airport to Kyoto). Give a try to see what works out best for you. (Friends of […]

Visiting Japan’s Land of Fire

Marine Steve (spouse) and I first visited Japan in 1987, a primarily hiking trip into the Kita Alps with stays in basic ryokans, onsets, two whirlwind days in Tokyo, and ended in fabulous Kyoto, every traveler’s favorite place. We loved this total immersion into Japanese culture and didn’t return for one reason only; the exorbitant currency rates […]