Monthly Archives: April 2019

Travel, Travel, Travel

I’ve been in a job where I’ve traveled basically weekly – at least 45 weeks a year – for work.  Rarely get work from home weeks so when I get them, they’re a blessing.  I get my alone time during the travel week and then spend time with my Boo when I am at home.  Well ever since I hit my Million Miler on Alaska Airlines, things have…changed.

My client ran out of money, but not out of project.  So they decided to keep me on, but in order to save money, decided that I needed to work from home 100% of the time.

Yeah, excited, I wasn’t.

So I’ve been home since the week of Christmas, working in my jammies, going to the kitchen whenever I wanted to and not needed to, and trying not to get on my husband’s nerves.  Luckily he travels from time to time, too.  And the thing is, I kinda like it.  Not that I want to stop traveling.  Hells no.  Hopefully, once the client re-funds the project I’m on, travel will start up again.  But for now, I’m enjoying the time at home.

Which brings me to my issue.  See, we’ve gone on vacation for the last three decades using either mine or my husband’s points – never having to pay for airfare or hotel.  Just drinks and food, thank you.  We were scheduled to go back to Puerto Rico for vacation this August, because we’ve been away too long, and Puerto Rico deserves the tourism.  It’s such a wonderful, warm, beautiful spot.  Only thing is, in order to get the tickets in first class (the ONLY way to fly), I had to book several one-way flights.  So PDX-DFW-PDX was fine.  But between DFW, MIA, and SJU, those were all one-way flights.  And on Saturday, American decided to change their schedule and screwed EVERYTHING up.  None of the flights would work anymore.

So hotel and flights get canceled, and we decided since the husband is changing jobs soon ::knock wood:: that we’d just use some pre-paid points at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.  Yes, it was kind of a timeshare.  Shut up.  The guy who sold it to us looked like a Latino George Clooney.  So sue me.  Anyway, our vacation changed on a dime, because of one little schedule change.

Airlines are making it SO much harder to use their points these days.  The whole reason for the one-way tickets was to fly first class.  It works most of the time.  But that is until the airline drops a deuce in the middle of your best-laid plans.

So keep being creative out there with your points and get out and see the world.  Just be mindful, and have a backup plan if the need arises!

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The Boeing 737-MAX Problem

So it’s well documented that the Boeing 737 is the best selling airplane model of all time.  All of the largest commercial airlines in North America, you have to go all the way down to #7 to find a carrier that doesn’t use the aircraft.

Boeing has fixed the software issue that caused the problems.  Yes, it’s a software problem.  And somehow, the creepiest air crashes to me, personally, have been software related.  The Boeing 737-MAX crashes.  The inaugural Airbus A320 crash that was flying as a demonstration; the Captain said it was a software problem, though investigators blamed it on the Captain.  Air France flight #447.  Software problems somehow make me more uneasy about an aircraft than the actual aircraft build itself.

Herein lies the problem.  The crashes themselves are horrific.  And because they were software related and not hardware related, it seems as if the flight crew could override the software, they would have been fine.  And while the existing and new airplanes out there are going to be updated, the problem goes away.

But so does the public.

What, if anything, can be done to help educate the public and bring back confidence?  Is that even possible?  Or is Boeing going to have to outlast the public’s criticism for the next decade?

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