The entrance to the Club to SJC – Photo: SJC
This past December, The Club at SJC, at San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC) received the Priority Pass North America â€œLounge of the Yearâ€ by Airport Lounge Development. This is a lounge of the people… well mostly. You don’t need to have a first class ticket or “Double Platinum, Wrapped in Diamonds” status with an airline (that might not be a real thing). If you have a few extra bucks, some time to burn, and a want to live a bit of the high-life, The Club at SJC might be for you.
The Club at SJC
AirlineReporter was invited to visit the lounge to learn more about common use lounges, and of course see this award-winning staff in action (spoiler alert â€“ it is no surprise at all to see why this lounge won).
An American Eagle CRJ-200 during boarding at LAX – Photo: John Nguyen | AirlineReporter
Occasionally, I’ll be as lucky as some of my AirlineReporter colleaguesÂ to be flying high in a premium cabin while being waited on hand and foot (see, e.g., David Delagarza’s vacation flight in first-class on ANA, orÂ Jacob’s Pfledger’s mile-high shower on Emirates). But as most of us can attest to, sometimes (or most of the time) we have to schlep it to get to where we want to go.
My wife and I traveled to Europe for a two-week whirlwind honeymoon tour that included 10Â cities in eight countries, as well as eight individual flights within Europe. We found a smashing deal from DeltaÂ to experienceÂ premium economy on Air France’s Airbus A380 to Paris. Â There was just one slight issue: our Air France flight tookÂ off from San Francisco, but we live in Southern California — over 350 miles away. Â The solution: flying in the much-maligned CRJ-200.Â What sort of life decisions did I getÂ wrong to lead me toÂ suffering this mighty indignity?
His Excellency Akbar Al Baker flanked by two senior Qatar Airways executives at his DC press conference – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AirlineReporter
There is a ridiculous war of words over whether or not American customers deserve to have choice. Â I’ve been over the open skies debate before, many times. Both here and other places. You know where I stand; I support the middle eastern carriers.Â I am not here to talk about the whole debate today, but am here to talk about only one facet of it -Â Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways has been the targetÂ of a certain American that neither myself nor H.E. Akbar Al Baker would like to name. I flew to Washington D.C. to watch Qatar’s headÂ shoot down these allegations of questionable legality in person. Furthermore, it’s always a pleasure to see my favorite aviation personality.
A view from the Singapore Flyer. Photo by Blaine Nickeson.
Maybe itâ€™s not to the extent of the regular contributors to this site, but Iâ€™m an #AvGeek.Â I love planes, airlines, and miles.Â But given my busy career, two toddlers, and a wife who thinks Iâ€™m crazy, I donâ€™t get to participate in nearly as many adventures as I would like.Â My wifeâ€™s come a long way in supporting my habit; I think it may have had something to do with flying her to Europe this spring in Lufthansa First Class on miles.Â Maybe that helped lead to the amazing adventure I had recently.
I live in Denver, and I fly United Airlines (UA).Â There has been lots of local media coverage about the introduction of UAâ€™s DEN-NRT flight, operated by the 787 Dreamliner, which started on June 10th (unfortunately that flight had an issue after having to divert back to Seattle).
This is a big deal for DEN, not so much because of the Dreamliner, but rather itâ€™s our first nonstop to Asia.Â A few weeks ago my wife casually opened a can of worms, stating, â€œI looked at booking you on that Dreamliner flight for Fatherâ€™s Day, but it was just too expensive.Â I know you really want to fly on a 787, and also need to re-qualify for your status-thingy.â€Â I, of course, sprung in to action trying to take advantage of this moment that was sure to be fleeting.
Long story short, I scored a ride on the (re)inaugural ANA 787 Dreamliner flight from San Jose (SJC) to Narita (NRT).Â To make the ticket cheaper (this logic fails me) I continued on to Singapore.Â Final routing was 19,000 miles; DEN-SJC-NRT-SIN-HKG-SFO-DEN, or about 39 hours in the air during a 77 hour period.Â Yes, Iâ€™m crazy, but it was worth it.