This will be a first for me. Given that I live in Tampa, I’ve never actually made a connection here. It’s not like there are even any practical connections on United, given that they only fly to Washington, Chicago, and Denver from Tampa.
So in a couple of weekends I have a mileage run booked out of Tampa. It’s just a quick trip to Seattle via Chicago and San Francisco. I was quite looking forward to it as I wasn’t on the usual 9AM flight out of Tampa, but instead on a noon flight which would allow me to sleep in. Now I have something in New York the day before, so I’ll need to fly up there and back down the following morning.
Now most would probably just cancel their other trip, but that’s no fun to me. Instead I just booked a flight from New York JFK to Washington to Tampa that morning, leaving me about 50 minutes before my flight to Chicago to start my mileage run. It’s always the same crew, so I guess I’ll be joining them for a Washington to Chicago via Tampa trip.
The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the 6AM flight out of JFK. Yuck!
While I’m at it, I can’t decide how to fly on the outbound. I could either do JetBlue to JFK or Delta (operated by Northwest) to LGA. While I’d get a first class upgrade, meal, lounge access, and miles on Delta, I hate flying into LGA (because of the added cost of getting into the city) and the Northwest planes really suck, with no entertainment of any sort. With JetBlue I don’t get miles, lounge access, or a meal, but at least I’ll be entertained and go to JFK, which is more convenient for me.